Pasta

Broccoli-Sausage Mac & Cheese

The boy wanted mac + chee for lunch, so I obliged: this time with the addition of kristianskaya sausage (v close to kielbasa), broccoli, and various nubbins of Swedish cheese from @ikeausa. It's like Milwaukee in a bowl, this. #macandcheese #lunch 🧀 🍲 🧀 🍲 […]

Summer Ramen Makes Me Feel Fine

Summer ramen made with @nueskes impeccable cherry wood-smoked bacon; @umiorganic noodles (bouncy af); smoked pork dashi; peas, roasted tomatoes, corn, beans, squash blossoms, and scallions from the garden; plus a soy-marinated backyard egg. #dinnertonight #ramen #meatconcierge 🍜 🥓 🍜 🥓 🍜 🥓 #bacon #noodles #vegetables […]

Hawaii Five-Ohhhhh

Was craving Hawaiian food (we were there this time last year) so I made tiny smorgasbord (clockwise from bottom-left): iceberg salad with carrot-ginger dressing like they have at Benihana &c; saimin salad with backyard egg, kamaboko, grilled spam, green onion, and cucumber (dashi, soy, sesame […]

A Brief History of Tuna Casserole

I wrote a spirited defense (and history) of tuna casserole for Taste. Check it out!

Leftovers Surprise

Had some leftover creamed peas and favas from @laurelhurstmarket (and the cream, spinach, and pancetta left from the mussels), so I did what I do best: hacked the shit out of that stuff into a whole new meal! Cooked a little orecchiette, Vietnamese melon, bolting […]

Pasta and Seafood

A match made in heaven, no? I’m not talking about tuna noodle casserole, though I ain’t mad at that; especially not when it’s made with home-canned albacore and fresh sweet onion-shiitake bechamel. I’m just talking about some pasta, some seafood, something green and something dairy. This […]

Penne with Asian mushrooms, bok choy and Gorgonzola cream

Umami is a many-splendored thing. I love just piling it on in my dishes, and I am even known to add a scant whisper (or sometimes more of a prattle) of MSG to my dishes. Oh, lower those eyebrows, you. MSG is harmless. I see […]

Spaghetti al Tonno con Limone

This is not your mother’s tuna-noodle casserole. Not mine, anyway. This is, though, a basic, easy thing: spaghetti with tuna and lemon. Perfect for a lazy weeknight dinner, easily accomplished between bouts of checking my Twitter feed, playing Words with Friends and other impatient, hungry […]

Arugula-green garlic pesto

S’been awhile, no? Last weekend was the pig roast. I didn’t take pictures this year, had my hands full with Zephyr and other things, but I turned out a rather gorgeous som tam-inspired chayote slaw that, served with spicy shredded pork belly, lime and cilantro […]

Sesame-crusted seared albacore with maitake, asparagus and soba

I made this during a warm spell we had a week ago. It was the kind of weather we ought to be having right now, but Mother Nature is being a bit of a premenstrual dysphoric bitch right now, dumping buckets of rain and unseasonally […]