Friday, July 26, 2013

ALONE IN THE KITCHEN

I'm so thrilled to have my own column over at Food52 called Cooking What I Want. Here are excerpts from my first three posts. Click recipe links for the complete stories.

"I wake up to my six-year-old son painfully yanking tearing braiding my hair. I carefully lift his hands from my head and place them on my back and beg for a back massage. No way mom. So I sit up and say, dude, we have five days together just the two of us so what are we going to do? He says, pancakes please, I want to eat lots of pancakes. I say, as long as we eat white bean salad with avocados, please, lots of it. Deal, he says." 

Avocado Bowls With Citrus Herb White Bean Salad

"They line the streets, their sprays of blossoms lighting up the nighttime sky for a few weeks in early spring.

Children shake their trunks, covering heads and shoulders and wet March sidewalks with a neon-pink petal rain.

And then it’s business as usual. They seem like any old tree. We forget what’s coming.

Until one morning, splat splat splat, their plums start hitting our windshields." 

Grilled Plum and Lemon Ricotta Toasts
"I always cook what I want. But I don’t mean that in a snarky or selfish or overbearing way: the bottom line is that I don’t let my kids’ whims run the kitchen. Often their enthusiastic desire to help me plan, shop, and cook results in a dreamy, perfect dinner hour. But more often than I’d like to admit, at the end of a long day, my kids arrive at the table all crabby and tired and desperately wanting a cheeseburger and instead of that, an enormous cruciferous mash-up slaw made from every single vegetable in the CSA box sits right in front of their faces." 

Anchovy, Creamy Havarti, and Pesto Panini

13 comments:

  1. I love avocado! Will definitely be trying this over the weekend.

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  2. what a beautiful picture you paint of you and your children and the heart tugging pain of letting them go off on their own. Going to the store to buy wonderful ingredients that include the evenings cocktails, and creating a real life filled with great food, utter love and respect for your kids and your craft.
    I had/have the same life tho my daughter is now 22 and lives in new york.
    Cheers from a hollywood stylist, and wannabe back in new york mom.

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  3. would LOVE to know who's the beautiful plate by? your food and pictures are absolutely THE BEST!!!!!!!

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    1. the plate is from anthropologie. here is the link: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/search/25813676.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS

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  4. I love your posts so much!! They are equal parts poetry and prose, and they often make me think of poets like Mary Oliver. So excited about your new column!

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    1. oh boy. you just wrote mary oliver. that just blows me away. she is such an inspiration. thanks so much or your support!

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  5. I stumbled across your blog when I found your french toast bake on pinterest - delicious by the way - and then proceeded to devour your whole blog over the course of a few days. I love your writing, your dry humour, your kids sounds adorable and most of all, you inspire to try new recipes. Also, when the time comes and I have little kids of my own, I want to cook with them and not make 'kid food'!

    Thank you!

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  6. what beautiful, delicious looking food! incredible!
    xx

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  7. This recipe looks wonderful, but what substitute would you recommend for cheese? It would sure help a lot of lactose-intolerant people like myself.

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  8. I take in dark the last one - looks yummy.

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  9. These look amazing. Love that avocado. Just made avocado popsicles actually. Yum! Cooking what you want to cook is always the best option. great post.

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  10. Looks very interesting, I will do now. Thanks

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  11. Wow, looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Awesome!

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