Monthly Archives: January 2011

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

I have never really been a fan of lemon coupled with poppy seeds, whether in muffin or bread or cake form. But I had these grapefruits on hand, and I wanted to incorporate them into a baked good, something cozy and snacky and rather wholesome. I contemplated a grapefruit curd (more dessertish than desired), a […]

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Potato and Kale Skillet Gratin

Potato + Kale Skillet Gratin

At the tail end of last month, during that part of the year when the light seems kind of haunted in all its nuanced depth and shadow, 101 Cookbooks posted a simple recipe for a rustic casserole that inspired me to make my own version that very night. Go take a look at the image […]

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Borscht

When I was younger and a dedicated vegetarian, my mother picked up a paperback copy of the seminal vegetarian guide Laurel’s Kitchen. There was something kind of mystical and wholesome about that book and the lifestyle it espoused, the way the women sat about in their prairie dresses around a wood table, long hair pinned […]

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Champagne-Poached Pears

Perhaps you absentmindedly opened a bottle of champagne in the wee hours one adventurous weekend night, opening it and then promptly falling asleep before consuming its effervescent contents. It doesn’t matter that it was only $8.99, and can’t rightfully be called champagne because it was just a California sparkling wine – it’s still a pity […]

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Cabbage Salad with Apple and Caraway

Cabbage Salad with Apples and Caraway

Sometimes it is challenging to enjoy a salad in the coldest parts of the winter. But we need our roughage, no matter the frigidity outside, and this one is pretty amazing for its simplicity. It’s pleasantly evocative of any number of other classic salads – cole slaw, the iceberg wedge or a Waldorf – without […]

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