Summertime Bean Salad

Summertime Bean Salad

Hello all! How has everyone been???? Did you miss me? I missed you all terribly, but truth be told, summer is totally NOT my season, so I’ve pretty much been sprawled out on the floor with a fan blowing on me while Elliot knocks around yet another hair clip he views as HIS personal cat toy. (Side note: I buy these clips in a pack of 12, and literally every single time, I lose about 8-10 of them to the feline who just can’t resist grabbing them from my dresser and kicking them under the couch…where they’ll stay until we decide to leave this place. So, you know, like, years…).

Because it’s summer, that generally means I don’t like to cook. I don’t like to turn on the oven. I don’t like to heat up the grill pan. I don’t even like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen in general because I’ve found that, due to the smaller size of my kitchen, my body heat alone raises the temperature of the place. However, because eating is one of those pesky things that sort of needs to be done on a regular basis, and because Ben tells me I can’t subsist on bowls of ice cream alone for the next two months (why not, I ask?!), I do need to actually prepare food. So, what does a girl do who doesn’t want to cook, but still needs to feed her family, make sure she’s hitting all the right food groups, and provide a filling meal? She makes summertime bean salad, of course!

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The Day I Murdered a Cream Cheese Pie

Cream Cheese Pie

Upon rifling through my grandmother’s recipe cards the other day, I came across one for a “cream cheese pie.” I was immediately intrigued. After all, I had never heard of such a dessert. And how was this dessert different from, let’s say, a cheesecake? Was there more to this than merely pouring cheesecake filling into… [read more]

Dacquoise – My K2

Dacquoise

Have you ever been so fascinated by something you’ve never seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or even heard of before? For me right now, it’s a dacquoise cake. Heck, I’m not even entirely sure how to pronounce the darn thing, but I’m in love with it right now. It’s a cake made with layers of nutty… [read more]

Some More Thoughts on Salt

Salt

Howdy! I’ve been thinking a lot about salt recently. I know, thrilling stuff, right? The poor stuff is so strongly loved and hated (like cilantro!….but I won’t go there). The culinary world loves it because it makes food taste like food. The medical world hates it because, when eaten in excessive quantities, it can lead… [read more]

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A while back, Ben purchased about 4 gazillion deli quart containers from an online wholesaler. You know, the kind that chicken soup comes in? Yeah, those. At the time, I was toying with lots of chicken soup testing, and he thought it would be a good idea to have them on hand, and for obvious… [read more]

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

As promised, I’m now happy to present you all with the outtakes from my gefilte fish experiment. These were not some of my finest moments in the kitchen, I warn you. But, they include all of the popular favorite numbers you may have come to expect from me, such as: Tweet

The Gefilte Fish Experiment

The Gefilte Fish Experiment

When I first tried making homemade gefilte fish, I knew it was going to be a challenging and daunting experience. I knew it would involve me getting elbows deep in ground fish, and I knew there would be no fewer than three fish heads to contend with. Onions would be grated and I would cry…a… [read more]

My First Attempt at Making Gefilte Fish

Gefilte Fish

Wow. Let me start off by just saying that. My first homemade gefilte fish experience. I feel like I have so many people to thank. First off, I want to thank every Jewish grandmother for writing nothing down and still inspiring nut jobs like me to make this stuff. (Seriously? Was is so hard for… [read more]