Category Archives for Vegetarian

The Best Croutons and How Best to Eat Them

Fernand came to the café where I waitressed in sunny CA every Sunday afternoon for the same meal: an omelet, a baguette, and a side of Dijon mustard. He ate his omelet methodically, spreading mustard over each slice of bread … Continue reading

08. March 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Eggs, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 10 comments

3 Simple Tartines: Mushroom; Radicchio & Gorgonzola; Fresh Ricotta // Plus A Few More Ideas for Oscar Night

I have a confession. By the time Valentine’s Day rolled around, we had eaten the steaks, devoured the torte and made soup out of the turnips. And then, as it turned out, Ben couldn’t even be home for Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

21. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Valentine's Day, Vegetarian | 4 comments

A Card, and 3 Simple Ways to Begin Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

So often, for me at least, the best part of a dinner out happens shortly after I am seated, when the server sets down a warm roll with a pat of soft butter sprinkled with sea salt or a basket … Continue reading

30. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Real Sour Cream & Onion Dip and a Wisconsin Cheese Giveaway: Set of Cheese Knives, Cheese Board, and 3-Bowl Bamboo Server

The unfortunate consequence of being deprived of chips and dip as a child is that I am the girl at parties (much to my husband’s embarrassment) hovering over the crock pot filled with queso dip, piling more than a manageable … Continue reading

22. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 171 comments

Paul Steindler’s Cabbage Soup and A Peasant Bread Follow-Up

When I’m home in CT visiting my parents, my favorite pastime is poking around the two basement refrigerators, the home of all sorts of treats my mother has been preparing — soups, spanakopita, Grand Marnier chocolate truffles — and stocking … Continue reading

09. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, CSA, Soup, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Detox: Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Nuoc Cham

When my paleo friends arrived at my doorstep carrying a Dean and Deluca bag, I suspected my fears about my non-paleo olives were for naught. And when they were as eager to open the bag as Ben and I, my … Continue reading

02. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Asian, Entrees, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 62 comments

Super Easy Marinated Olives

Today I find myself awaiting the arrival of a few dear friends, and for the first time in a long time, I feel very unprepared. You see, they’ve all gone paleo, and as a result, my usual tricks just won’t … Continue reading

29. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 11 comments

Baked Fontina

I am all for buying two or three wedges of nice cheeses, plopping them on a cutting board, surrounding them with grapes and nuts and maybe something exotic like quince membrillo, and crossing “make-hors d’oeuvres” off my to-do list. But … Continue reading

10. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Salsa di Parmigiano; Homemade Advent Calendar, for next year perhaps

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with two of my aunts in northern Virginia. Over the course of seven hours, we found a reason to use this sauce — salsa di Parmigiano — three times. For our lunch, we spread it … Continue reading

05. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, craft, Fall, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Green Olive, Walnut & Pomegranate Salad; Thanksgiving Day Recap

Tired of cooking? Me too. But I have one more teensy tiny recipe to share with you before I disappear into I-don’t-feel-like-cooking-anything mode. And it’s a good one. You HAVE to make this. Not immediately, but soon and definitely before … Continue reading

24. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Salads, Salsa, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 23 comments

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