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Football Lover’s Bean Dip

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

BeanDipphotoIt’s time to celebrate the football season!

Well, actually, if you are like me, you pretend to celebrate the football season, when what really drives your excitement is the excuse to eat the food associated with the sport. (Think bean dip.) Read More

 

Beer Bread (Erin Go Drunk)

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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This is a great bread for St. Patrick’s Day if you are not too drunk to cook due to  all the beer you imbibed at the parade this morning. Read More

 

Kale And Virtue

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

KaleImage 1I love Food52’s Quinoa Pilaf, but I make it with a few adjustments. I use baby kale because I find the adult variety can be as tough to chew as, say, a pine tree. Read More

 

Roasted Asparagus With Egg

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

After eating more Easter cookies than any human I know of–my dog Oliver outdid me at 6 but only barely–this is my new favorite LIGHT springtime lunch. Read More

 

Super Bowl Bean Dip

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Although I spend almost no time watching sports on television, I’m always gung ho for the Super Bowl.

I’m probably the most irritating person at a Super Bowl gathering; I merrily show up and ask,”Okay, so who’s playing?” I am completely clueless. As I’m writing this, I, a Chicago native, can’t even remember the name of my birth city’s football team. (Are they the Chargers? The Jazz? The Zebras? It’ll come to me…) I know they used to have a player whose nickname was The Refrigerator, which caught my attention.

But if I’m short on info, I’m long on enthusiasm. I’m even willing to cook for  the Super Bowl, especially if we go to my brother’s house and all I have to make is an appetizer. It gives me an excuse to revisit my recipe for Bean Dip.

Bean Dip is the perfect choice for the occasion. Chips are involved, which are a mainstay of the S.B. cuisine, and the dip is served warm, which works well on a cold February day (which in L.A. means it’s below 70º).

I have sometimes served this on other random occasions, like when I was too lazy to make a real dinner for the kids. I’d give them Bean Dip with a bowl of soup and they were perfectly happy.

Click here for the recipe.

 

 

Heirloom Tomato Sauce With Roasted Vegetables

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The trouble with going to the farmers’ market is that everything looks so gorgeous I buy enough to feed everyone in my zip code. Then I go home and realize that I actually have to do something with all this bounty, as in, cook it, at which point I have been known to utter a mild curse. Read More

 

Football and Brussels Sprouts

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

On football (i.e. TV dinner) nights, my husband is so engrossed in the sport, his hair could be on fire and he would not notice. I take the opportunity to sneak  some foods into the evening menu that he (being the pickiest eater on the planet) would otherwise reject. Read More

 

Football Bean Dip

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Last weekend, a rare thing happened. I was grateful it was football season. This is because my daughter, who usually reserves most of her weekend time for her boyfriend, Lee, got ditched by the guy in favor of the Ravens or the Packers or whoever it was roughhousing on TV that afternoon. Lee announced his intention to occupy the couch for at least seven hours, which meant that Elizabeth (who tolerates football but only for about fifteen minutes at a time) was free to go shoe shopping with me. Read More

 

Mama Beans

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

MAMA BEANS

This is a great make-ahead side dish for grilling season (or any season, for that matter). It’s also good for those nights when you completely forget to buy food for dinner. The clock strikes five and you realize you have no chicken, no beef, no pig products and no interest in going to the market at rush hour, but you do have a few cans in the pantry. Read More

 

How To Make Butter

Friday, May 20th, 2011

“Got butter? No? If you have a jar and some cream, you can make it…”
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