Pandemic Pantry: Cheesy Bakes

Looking for a quick, savory, cheesy snack? These mini breadsticks are easy to make and taste great on their own, or paired with a hearty autumn soup or potage. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 Cup plus two Tablespoons milk or half and half 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder 1…

Four-Bean Chili

To me, chili is the ultimate comfort food. Rich and warm, spicy and flavorful, and just waiting to merge with oodles of melty cheese, a bowl of hot chili on a cold autumn day is just one of my favorite things. Chili is wonderfully versatile. It’s great for using up bits of old ingredients, and…

Fiction: Sora and the Farav Part Three

The dead forest of the Ašjiri Crescent was an impassable, irradiated waste of blasted sand and scorched trees that stretched for 260,000 hectares from the walled fortress of Kyr Adža’meturhit, which stood at the forest’s northern border, to the southern desert city of Ašjr’enet, the sprawling industrial center which, six hundred years ago had launched…

Some Thoughts about Bouillon and Soup Starter

Bouillon days at my house function as a sort of kitchen organization adventure. I start with the refrigerator, pulling out vegetables that are past their prime, and arrange them on one of my apartment’s three postcard-sized counters. Any vegetable that’s yellowing, wilting, or softening is part of this move out of the fridge. This helps…

Laminated Biscuits

Light, pillowy, and with enough nooks and crannies to drizzle with butter and jam, biscuits stole their way into my heart at a young age as a perfect breakfast food.* This recipe was inspired by my previous biscuit attempts, and fortified by a recipe I encountered during my search for a biscuit I could make…

Pandemic Pantry: Spiced Beet Soup

Spiced beets can be a delicious autumn centerpiece in any form, and soup is no exception. Following the pandemic tradition, this recipe emerged as an end-of-the-week experiment in cobbling together some leftover ingredients: beets, a few pantry staples, and some of my favorite spices. Ingredients: 200 grams chopped yellow onions 200 grams chopped potatoes 200…

Fiction: Sora and the Farav Part Two

“Full well that you thought to come to me,” the grey-haired woman on the screen said, smiling. Sora thought she detected a trace of sadness in the woman’s large, pale blue eyes. “But you’re on the other side of the crescent. By the time you reach me, the worms will already be feasting on your…

A Word About Sora and the Farav

Sora and the Farav is a self-delegated serialized writing project, to ease myself back into creative writing that isn’t for anyone else’s IP. Currently, I don’t know how long the story will be, but I’ll be telling it in small pieces, approximately the length of a single writing session, plus an editing and rewrite session…

Pandemic Pantry: Curried Chickpeas and Potatoes

When you have a bunch of leftovers in your pantry, making a medley can be a great way to use them up. Spiced with ginger, garlic, and whatever curry powder or mix you happen to have on hand, this hearty recipe works well over a bed of brown rice. Prep time depends on the consistency…

Fiction: Sora and the Farav

With a resounding crack, Sora struck the brown egg against the edge of the frying pan and, grasping the twin halves of the eggshell in her wind-chapped fingers, dropped the silken white and the purple yolk onto the ground at her boots, right next to the pan filled with sizzling butter where she had been…