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Fig, Feta, and Scallion Cornbread

I don’t know that I like holidays anymore. And I don’t have to. They are a privilege, and they stem from privilege. We never consider everything from every angle. And, while changing perspective can be an important survival tool, one does not have to be grateful (or ready to let go yet) just because it…

Fig and Cheddar Shortbread

An unfortunate rule of thumb in my world: when in doubt, overcomplicate. I ran into an acquaintance of mine recently who got me to thinking about how silly it is for me to be afraid of the things I am afraid of. Grace and I had been walking through the Mill City Ruins in lovely…

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

I think of these sandwiches in “ultimate” terms. Tracing the long line of looping, fallen dominos, I would find myself in a (perhaps socially unacceptable) glutinous state at my dinner table on Thanksgiving. I know, I know. Everyone is a glutton on Thanksgiving. Here’s the thing, though: I cooked the whole meal, I was drunk…

Spaghetti with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

I have been meaning to make this sauce for months. You know, I really don’t feel like the busiest person in the world. I work, I come home, I visit people, I do things. It seems pretty simple. It’s also enjoyable, overall. It’s just that, when I think about the things I intend to do,…

Thai Red Curry with Coconut Rice

I don’t know about you, but I’m at that hopeful stage at the end of winter/beginning of spring where it seems like things can only get better from here on out. Logically, this is kind of true. Spring will come, then lead into beautiful summer. It happens every year. But sometimes, we find ourselves so…

Black Pepper Pork Chops with Garlic-Shallot Butter

Sometimes, you can find great pleasure from the simplest things. I love those moments that astound you, the ones you simply can’t believe occurred, purely because you turned normal ingredients into a gourmet meal. With a little salt, ground pepper, butter, garlic, and shallots, you can turn pork chops into the best meal I’ve had…