Hummus

Creamy, spreadable, tangy, and a little sweet, hummus pairs well with a wide variety of raw and cooked ingredients, and also tastes good all on its own. Ingredients: 1 Cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 3-4 Cups water 1/4 Cup tahini 4 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp lemon zest (optional) 1 tsp…

Quick Fix: Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This condiment is easy to make and keeps for weeks in the refrigerator. Spread it on sandwiches or flatbread, or pair it with goat cheese. Or just eat it. Ingredients: 1 jar pitted Kalamata olives (10 oz/290 g), drained 1/8 tsp salt Ground black pepper, to taste Preparation: Place the olives in a food processor….

French Toast

This is one of my favorite breakfasts to make on weekends, especially when I want something particularly toothsome. Ingredients: 4-6 slices brioche or challah, sliced into 1 inch pieces (2.5 cm) Two eggs 1/3 cup half and half 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Nutmeg to taste Syrup, jam, marmalade, or honey, for finishing…

Now Playing: Heaven’s Vault, Switch Edition

In this month’s Now Playing, I take a much-belated look at Heaven’s Vault: Switch edition from inkle Studios, which was released on January 28, 2021. Heaven’s Vault is a narrative exploration game set in the Nebula, a region of space filled with waterways interconnecting diverse moons, thus allowing those adventurous enough to acquire a ship…

Post Schedule Update

Hi folks! Thank you for reading this blog. I really appreciate the support. In my very first post, I outlined what this blog was going to be about, and I think at the time it could be best summarized as “a little bit of everything that delights me,” including cooking, video games, bugs, science, creative…

Freezing Pesto

Pesto is a wonderfully versatile way to celebrate seasonal ingredients. Freezing pesto can bring summer back to your table even when it’s cold and snowy outside. Ingredients and Equipment: One batch cilantro stem pesto, or your favorite pesto An ice cube tray (preferably with a lid), freshly washed and dried A spoon Preparation: Spoon the…

Kalamata Olive Bites

A flavorful but simple “meal of leftovers,” these fried appetizers pair well with a fig reduction or other sweet, fruity dipping sauces. Ingredients: 1/2 C short grain brown rice, cooked and cooled to room temperature 1/2 C (3 oz) pitted Kalamata olives, finely chopped 3 oz goat cheese or feta, crumbled 1/2 red onion, finely…

Pandemic Pantry: Curry with Cheesy Polenta

Creamy curry and crispy, cheesy polenta combine in this “meal of leftovers.” Both parts of this recipe can be prepared ahead of time and stored overnight in the fridge; cook the polenta but don’t fry it until the reheated dish is ready to serve. Curry: 300 g new potatoes, baked or boiled until soft 225…

Cheesy Polenta

Crispy and creamy, fried polenta makes a delightful companion for curries, sautés, and sauces. This recipe can be made ahead of time; wait until just before serving to fry the polenta. Ingredients: 1/2 C Polenta 3 oz Goat cheese (85 g) 1/4 C Grated Parmesan or Asiago 2 1/4 C water or bouillon 1/2 C…