Red Snapper en Papillote

Succulent snapper. So much moisture retained by the parchment paper, steaming in white wine. Very spicy, perfect balance of flavor. This is a perfect dish to serve when hosting company—easy to control on a time-sensitive schedule, hard to mess up and SO SO delicious. Or you could always go out to eat for a good […]

Porch Drinks, the Driftless Area and Bayou Boogaloo

Thank you, unexpected minor surgery, for treating me to a summer’s afternoon on the sick bed I’ve constructed on my front porch, complete with a bulldog nurse and the best novel I’ve read all year. Literati, I recommend you dive into The Driftless Area by Tom Drury as soon as possible. It’s like Guy Noir […]

Buckwheat Bread with Lemon and Lime Trees

Slowly, slowly, the chaos around me is giving way to order. One broken box at a time, the familiar things are finding their way back onto shelves, into cupboards and upon new walls. Home feels just enough the same, just enough different. I had been focusing on the inside of the house, where it is […]

Lemon Pound Cake

I am quite sure many catastrophes have been inspired by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt’s immortal line, “Do at least one thing every day that scares you.” Last week, I was scared by a rococo cake pan with a lemon and leaf imprint. And the pound cake it yielded also scared me. Apparently it tasted […]

Greek Pasta with Shrimp, Garbanzo Beans, and Lemon

Want to know what it is like to cook with me in the kitchen? Exactly like this, right Mom? I had my own experience with snickering shrimp and techno beats just last night. I made shrimp pasta for our Filmosopher’s Fellowship club: Greek Pasta with Shrimp, Garbanzo Beans, and Lemon Hyvee Seasons 8 oz bow-tie […]

Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes, Capers and Lemon

By the time you are reading this, KP and I will be almost to New Orleans! When on the road, I have found it better all around (for health and finance) to pack your own food. Otherwise, you know me, I’ll be counting Hot Tamales and an iced vanilla latte as lunch and BBQ chicken […]