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Campanelle with Hard-Boiled Eggs, Capers & Watercress

The union of egg and noodle has long been celebrated: beaten eggs form the base of a creamy sauce in pasta carbonara; eggs scrambled with rice noodles are essential in Pad Thai; and poached or fried eggs cracked atop fresh … Continue reading

23. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Easter, Eggs, Pasta | 9 comments


Bon Appetit began running a column this month called The Project, in which they detail how to make involved dishes, ones that require ambition, energy, thought, dishes such as cassoulet or ramen or their debut project: kouign-amann, a buttery pastry … Continue reading

17. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Easter, Holidays | 28 comments

Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake

Before making my mother’s lemon-ricotta cheesecake earlier this month, I hadn’t made a cheesecake in years. And I’m not sure why — it is the easiest dessert to make; it can be made a day in advance; it feeds many … Continue reading

15. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cakes, Cheese, Desserts, Easter, Holidays | 33 comments

Broiled Lamb Chops with Nigella’s Mint Sauce

Nigella Lawson’s mint sauce first appeared on our Easter table in 2003, the same year the Easter Egg Nest Cake made its debut, both recipes having appeared in the New York Times earlier that week. Unlike the Easter Egg Nest … Continue reading

09. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Easter, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 24 comments

Spring Wheat Berry Salad

About this time last year, I learned how to properly cook quinoa, a revelation that not only gave the ancient grain a permanent spot in my pantry, but also inspired a number of grain salads I made all summer long. … Continue reading

04. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Easter, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 27 comments

Baked Ricotta & Wisconsin Cheese Giveaway

Can we talk about the Madness? Uconn upsetting Michigan State? Kentucky’s last-second 3-pointer for the win? The Wisconsin-Arizona overtime nail biter? I sound like I know what I’m talking about, right? I don’t. But thanks to theSkimm, I am up-to-date … Continue reading

01. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres | 149 comments

Vermont | Homemade Cultured Butter

I just spent a week eating cheese, making butter, growing sprouts, baking bread, snuggling with Golden Retrievers, visiting farms, driving through covered bridges, admiring snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes, and sampling microbrews while eating wood-fired pizzas. Could I have been … Continue reading

27. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Condiments, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 30 comments

Gluten-Free Peasant Bread

For the past year, the most frequent question asked on this blog is this: Can the peasant bread be made gluten-free? Everyone knows someone — a friend, an uncle, a cousin — recently diagnosed with Celiac disease who has had … Continue reading

21. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Gluten-free | 18 comments

Roasted Vegetables with Tahini, Lemon & Za’atar

Tired, pale, wrinkled — it’s a sad lot of vegetables gracing the farmers’ market tables these days. But I’m not judging. Those very three words came to mind as I looked in the mirror this morning. I could use a … Continue reading

17. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Vegan, Vegetarian | 23 comments

Chicken with Preserved Lemons & Green Olives

I will consider this post a success if, by the end, one of two things happens: 1. You feel inspired to tackle Moroccan cooking, immediately buy a tagine, preserve and then purée a batch of lemons, find a source for … Continue reading

12. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Eating Locally, Entrees, Preserves | 59 comments

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