Moules à la Marinière

Most days, my high school art history teacher would pull up a stool next to the slide projector, flip off the lights, and show us the world through art. Byzantine, Baroque, Post-expressionism –… Continue reading

Pistachio Masala Lamb Chops with Cucumber-Mint Raita

On Christmas Day, I woke up and drove away from my parents’ house. We’d celebrated nochebuena the night before at home and spent the weekend together on our first family cruise. On Tuesday… Continue reading

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Do you have an Italian grandmother? Neither do I. My abuelita is Nicaraguan, and she makes fantastic arroz aguado and sopa de frijoles. Oh my goodness, the sopa de frijoles. I’ll tell you… Continue reading

On Collecting Menus

First, someone leads you in. There’s a clean table for you with a tealight candle glowing in the center. Drinks are ordered. An appetizer, or two if you’re hungry, comes next. Maybe the waiter snaps a… Continue reading

Spiced Feta in Olive Oil

Here’s another recipe from a cookbook we’ve been flipping through. It gave us the Adobo-Smothered Chicken Wings, and it’s called Salt Sugar Smoke: How to Preserve Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, and Fish by Diana Henry.… Continue reading

Adobo-Smothered Chicken Wings

Something happens when we’re apart. Danny goes out of town for a few days and… My appetite takes a dive, and the kitchen gets a break. I don’t remember what I had Wednesday… Continue reading

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