Reason For Not Eating Out #59: For Creativity's Sake
Want to devote more time to creative thinking, doing and making? Try each night.
Cavatelli with Cranberry Beans & Pea Shoots
Sweet pea shoots and simple beans for a savory spring pasta dish.
Asparagus & Tofu Cold Noodle Salad
Chilled rice noodles dressed in a tangy vinaigrette get a simple, seasonal topping.
Strawberries & Radishes with Parsley and Balsamic Vinegar
It's a spring strawberry-radish salad, no big deal.
Grilled Asparagus with Red Lentil Puree & Yogurt
Grill the stalks on your gas stovetop if it's too cool to go outside.
On Racism in Food
What's the 2.0 of talking about food and race?

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Reason For Not Eating Out #59: For Creativity’s Sake
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I have a friend who takes classes on just about everything and anything that’s interesting in the world. Bollywood funk dancing? Sign her up. Grown-up pottery workshops? Let’s make a date of it! she says. She’s a typical New Yorker, Type-A personality, where every learning opportunity is seized, and funneled into bonding sessions with good friends, new date persons, or chances to connect with strangers. In short, she is totally awesome and... Read More

Potato Salad with Pickled Ramps
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Hello, ramp season. You know, after the six or eight years that everyone’s gotten excited about the wild spring allium, I have to say I am a little over the phenomenon that is pearly-pink bulbs resting pretty at the ends of long, flowy, green shoots. Of course I’m not. But I may be over their smell. Having carried a bunch of ramps (purchased at Union Square Greenmarket this past beautiful Saturday)... Read More

Calamari Braised with White Wine, Tomatoes & Spinach
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Spring has been really snoozing on the job. Rather than bursting with cherry blossoms, the new season has only brought soggy, sort-of snow and below-freezing nights. This might be our latest bitch and moan as we bundle up in scarves on the subway each morning, but it’s actual, literal bad news for local orchards. Seems that peaches in Upstate New York may not make an appearance this summer, unless these... Read More

On Racism in Food
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Several years ago an ex-boyfriend’s mother offered to prepare the appetizer for a dinner I was cooking. Her dish, once assembled, was a salad. Yet it was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The top was sprinkled with stiff pegs of noodle and raw radish slices, and it smelled like sesame oil. I asked with genuine curiosity what was in the dressing and she fired off a strange list with... Read More

Tongue Tacos (Tacos de Lengua)
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The only way to get more comfortable with cooking a certain type of food is by cooking it. Maybe for some the challenge lies in steak, or a roast Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe you’re intimidated by cooking curries or poaching eggs. But maybe it’s something a little more… unsightly than that. Somehow, the nose-to-tail movement that has captivated chefs, butchers, and maybe some home cooks doesn’t seem especially big on cooking... Read More

Shroom ‘n Grits
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I’ve just returned from a week of eating and boozing in Mexico with five friends. There was a different taco to try at just about every hour of the day. I intend to throw a taco party very soon, to celebrate and exercise my own hand at the new flavors that so captivated us while they’re fresh in memory. But in the immediate aftermath of the trip, there was a... Read More

Spicy Korean-Style Seafood and Tofu Stew with Spinach (SoonDuBu Jigae)
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I was craving Korean food the other night, so I made something that could approximate it. Haunts of stuff that one might get while on a group outing to Koreatown with friends, that sort of thing. It’s not difficult to pull off a hardscrabble version of such dining-out memories, as long as we aren’t talking some Escoffier-esque French gastronomy classics. These cravings can overwhelm, but if you’ve perhaps tried... Read More

Crostini with Watermelon Radish, Ricotta and Mint
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Yes, be a little twee sometimes — go ahead, I dare you. That time you splurged on a dear, felt hat that was so right for a horseback riding weekend in the country that you’ll never go on? With the kid gloves that go up to your elbows? That fancy little fetish for truffled sea salts in the cupboard? The extra emoji in a text to a crush? We can all push... Read More