Banana Chip Muffins

I’ve finally joined the club. I might be the only person who hasn’t made banana bread (or muffins in this case) during this pandemic. I have embraced pandemic baking in general (see our other Pandemic Eats), though I also haven’t joined the Make-Your-Own-Sourdough Club yet either. My lovely friend Mary Catherine brought me some fresh eggs from…

Berry Pavlova with Chocolate Drizzle

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a lot of things from us collectively. Lives, health, daily freedoms, jobs, money… Some of these things are obviously more important than others. One of the things that it has taken is simultaneously trivial and powerful – our celebrations. No one is dying for lack of a birthday party, but…

Roasted Beets in Herb Yogurt

So things have gotten weird since our last blog post. The novel coronavirus has caused a global pandemic, and we’re starting to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases in our area. The past week at work has been incredibly stressful, with a lot of confusion and worry. We actually are now on vacation for two…

Cream Biscuits

Since we decided recently that we’re brunch people, Selim has spent his Sunday mornings over the past few months perfecting his biscuit recipe. All I’ve ever heard about making biscuits is BUTTER, BUTTER, BUTTER. Well we’re hear to tell you that you can have an amazing biscuit, without using any butter. Sacrilegious? Maybe. But we’re going out…

Smoky Spiced Pecans

Welcome to March! This month’s Cookbook Club selection is Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South, by Vivian Howard. If you’re a PBS watcher, Vivian is the chef at the center of the show A Chef’s Life. Selim loves that show, so this was a fun selection for us! Our first…

Parmesan Broth

We love to make flavorful broths and stocks. We usually save all of our meat bones (chicken, steaks, the whole Thanksgiving turkey!), keep them in the freezer until we have a bunch, and then periodically make a big batch of stock. We keep it in mason jar and use it for the next few weeks…

Blood Orange Lamb

While we like a lot of the same dishes and flavors, Selim and I approach cooking in completely different ways. He likes to combine flavors and add a pinch of this and a dash of that, until he ends up with a delicious end result. Frequently (and unfortunately) this doesn’t lend itself to sharing on…

Sour Beets

Since having our baby girl, we realized that having friends and family over for dinner is a little more difficult than it once was. We love cooking and hosting, but given that she goes to bed in the 6 o’clock hour and lets be honest, most people are coming over to see her and not…

Turkish Manti

I distinctly remember the first time I had manti. It was on my first visit to Istanbul. Selim’s cousins took us out to dinner one night at a restaurant I wish I could remember 🤷‍♀️ I was eyeing the mantı, that was described in English as “lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce.” One of Selim’s cousins…

Potatoes Vindaloo

Tonight’s recipe is our second effort from Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi. Our first attempt was the super unique Eggplant & Mango Soba Noodles, which we loved! I love all things carbs, so a dish of not one, but two types of potatoes is right up my ally. We enjoyed cooking with curry leaves for the…