Green Things, Roasted

The best thing about being back at school, other than my brilliant Creative Writing Workshop, is that I finally have an oven. I am (most certainly) making my way in life: first going from an oven-less kitchen with a less-than-desirable electric stove top, then to an kitchen with an oven and a more desirable electricContinue reading “Green Things, Roasted”

Peanut Noodle Bowl

I left the United States for Australia with the presumption that I wouldn’t see peanut butter, and instead only Vegemite for five months. And so, I stuffed my face with creamy Jif in preparation for peanut butter withdrawal. Peanut butter on rice cakes, peanut butter with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter byContinue reading “Peanut Noodle Bowl”

Simplicity, thanks to my grandmother

I remember when I was little and my grandmother was cooking kielbasa in my kitchen. I ran outside as if the house were on fire, screaming that the smell was disgusting. (Further proof that I never ate much meat prior to my meatless days.) But aside from this moment of intense aroma, my grandmother hasContinue reading “Simplicity, thanks to my grandmother”

Why My Stove Sucks, Part I (and a Tomato Bean Salad Recipe)

My mess of a dinner began with a skillet that hadn’t been touched since last semester. A past roommate must have done a poor washing job, as suddenly the bottom of the pan started sizzling and burning. Hot oil+soap residue=not so good. Acting upon instinct, I rushed to put the pan in the sink whichContinue reading “Why My Stove Sucks, Part I (and a Tomato Bean Salad Recipe)”

Smoked Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato Ravioli

I have an unreasonable obsession with farmers’ markets. I enjoy the good food, colorful produce, free samples, people-watching, and knowledge that is spread. The past few days of rain wiped out the strawberry crops. And while that is unfortunate, it provides a good lesson of following mother nature and determining what you eat based onContinue reading “Smoked Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato Ravioli”