Black pasta roundup

What is delicious, healthy, and just looks really cool? Black pasta. My morose inner goth girl is delighted by black noodles, all of varieties. There are two basic types of black pasta, two different ways to get lovely black noodles. One is black bean pasta, the other is black rice pasta, and both are gluten-free.... Continue Reading →

Polish summer stew: leczo

This recipe is like a well-kept secret. Leczo is not as well known as some Polish dishes, but it’s delicious, healthy and filling. It took me almost two years of living in Poland before I was introduced to it. It’s also very adaptable, particularly for when your garden explodes. It’s a rich stew with a... Continue Reading →

Rici bici (family Christmas recipe)

For the holidays at my grandmother’s house, it wasn’t ham or turkey served up on the special heirloom china: it was a rich casserole of rice, beans and vegetables. This dish will always remind me of the holidays, and sitting around the table with family, Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background. Inspired by some... Continue Reading →

Giving thanks: cool friends and family

It’s easy to spend time being grumpy about folks not understanding why I’m a vegetarian or gluten-free. But this Thanksgiving, when I’m eleventy-thousand milemeters from home,* I’m realizing how great my friends and family are— and how lucky I am. So here is a shoutout to my awesome friends and family who are cheerfully creative... Continue Reading →

Easy breakfast recipe for Labor Day

Visiting my family in Chicago as a child was so exciting—of course, the city was great fun. Also, my grandfather would make breakfast, and his molletes were spicy and delicious, and something I never had at home. Here is that recipe, for Labor Day. These little open-faced breakfast sandwiches are super easy to make. My grandfather... Continue Reading →

Eggplant & tomato bake

Eggplants are funny vegetables— lovely color, delicate flavor, but if cooked wrong, they’re pretty tasteless and horrible. And badly cooked eggplant has actually ended two dates I’ve been on. One was years ago, when a fellow came over to my place, ignored my gentle suggestions for food I do like, and made this big deal... Continue Reading →

Transitions: between here and there

I could blame jet lag, but that's only partially true. I am behind on writing— so here's some photos of cats with food, until I can catch up on the traveling posts and recipes. Life has happened (in the form of a job hunt, flight overseas, visiting family and teaching.)  In the meantime, though, I'm... Continue Reading →

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