Category Archives for Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads

Orange, Grapefruit & Green Grape Compote

This is the post I meant to write back on January 7th, when I was eating croque monsieur and thought you should, too. I still feel bad about that one. Is it too late to make things right? I hope … Continue reading

24. January 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Breakfast, Condiments, Desserts, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 11 comments

Nobu’s Chicken Teriyaki Two Ways

My senior year of college, a Chinese restaurant opened half a block from my apartment, and when I discovered that they used thighs to make their chicken teriyaki, I ran home to tell my roommate. As you might imagine, my … Continue reading

15. January 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Asian, Chicken, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 30 comments

Ina Garten’s Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola

Most often, when I see recipes with quantity-ingredient combos such as one cup heavy cream, two sticks butter, a quarter pound cheese, I don’t give them a second look. It just never seems necessary — comfort food can succeed at … Continue reading

17. October 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Pasta, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 59 comments

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

Last summer I discovered eggplant caviar, a dish made from peeled eggplant roasted in a foil-covered pan, a preparation that, with minimal oil, produces the creamiest lightest flesh imaginable. Seasoned with fresh herbs and macerated shallots, spooned over grilled bread, … Continue reading

26. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Eating Locally, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Rhubarb Ice Cream • Rhubarb Jam

The trouble with homemade ice cream, in my experience at least, is its half-life: what tastes smooth and creamy, light and airy on day one, becomes icy and hard, choppy and crystalized on day two. The texture after a day … Continue reading

06. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Desserts, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 30 comments

Anchovy Tin Lamp • Anchovy Vinaigrette

When I saw this post on Apartment Therapy a few weeks ago, I knew exactly how I would repurpose the empty anchovy tin that’s been cluttering my kitchen counter for months. A quick run to Home Depot followed by a … Continue reading

29. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: craft, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 11 comments

Chicken Souvlaki

When I think of summer dinners growing up at home, I think of this meal. I think of the smell of charred garlic and basil; I think of my stepfather sweating at the grill, a slave to his stopwatch, the … Continue reading

26. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Entrees, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 24 comments

English Muffins with Simple Strawberry Jam • Wren • When My Mother Comes to Visit…

When my mother comes to visit… … she rouses in the wee hours of the morning, brewing coffee, making oatmeal, preparing the kitchen for the pitter patter of hungry, cranky, little (and big) bodies. … all day long she runs … Continue reading

23. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 53 comments

Soba Salad with Marinated Tofu, Mint & Scallions

I have yet to hear of a tofu preparation touted for allowing tofu’s true flavor to shine, lauded for not overpowering tofu’s delicate nature. Subtlety is not the name of the game when it comes to dressing up tofu. Domination … Continue reading

15. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Asian, Entrees, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 11 comments

Soba Noodles with Peanut Dressing

My pantry is cluttered with odd ingredients, a reflection of impulse purchases made after seeing recipes for “ultimately authentic” dishes I feel I have to make immediately. As I often don’t make these dishes immediately, I end up collecting tubs … Continue reading

18. April 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Asian, Lunch, Salads, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 38 comments

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