Posts Tagged: recipes

How to Cook Like a Writer for the Holidays

Scouring the internet, university libraries, and other sources, Nicole Villeneuve digs up the recipes of famous authors—from Alice Munro to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—and re-creates, photographs, and writes about them on her two-year-old blog Paper and Salt. “The intersection between food and writing has always interested me,” she told me; the blog got its start after she read Hemingway’s collected letters. “He talks about gathering strawberries for making shortcake when he was six, rolling out the shortbread dough with his mom. That first kitchen memory is something that everyone remembers, and I thought, that’s so humanizing.”

Are great writers also more eloquent with regard to what they eat? Or is [...]


Mouthwatering Recipes from the March 1950 Issue of McCall's

I picked up this March 1950 issue of McCall's magazine in a thrift store a few weeks back and it's a real delight. There's an advice column written by Eleanor Roosevelt (sample question: "Why is it necessary to have guards around President Roosevelt's grave?", which she answers by saying, "I have nothing to do with the management of the government property at Hyde Park"), as well as an Ask the Doctor feature (sample question: "Is measles a dangerous disease?", which the doctor answers, "Yes. Measles can be a serious disease. Don't say, 'It's nothing but measles'").

There are also three short stories (here's the amazing subhed of one [...]


Drake's Recipe for Pound Cake


Butter Sugar Love Warmth A few tears 5 eggs


Go to the closest Safeway, maybe the one down on Willowdale Ave., buy up about thirty or forty pound cakes from the bakery section. Wink at the baker, call her "ma'am." Stop at the local post office, ask Jerry the mailman how the kids are doing. Tell him you've been meaning to get to Nate's soccer games, but just been so damn busy! You know how it is, Jerry. Package up each pound cake individually, throw in one chain from your neck to each box, for good measure. Mark individually with "delicate" and "handle with care." Smile, [...]


The Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Muffins

The first time I cooked with coconut flour, the muffins came out all soggy and wrong (though weirdly delicious anyhow). The second time, there was an avocado incident that we won’t get into here. But the third time, I felt like Goldilocks tucking into her third bowl of porridge: finally, it was juuuust right.

These grain-free blueberry-banana-coconut muffins are soft, moist, and lightly sweet. Since coconut flour is high in protein and fiber and absorbs a lot of liquid and fat, recipes that call for it generally also call for lots of eggs. These have eggs and coconut milk, as well as banana, honey, and LOTS of blueberries. They were [...]


Ask a Glutton: I'm Through With Eggs

What are good breakfast recipes you have for someone who deeply despises the taste of egg? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as they say.

The idea that breakfast is the most important meal is, I think, largely due to propaganda by the cereal industry. Why can’t the most important meal of the day be afternoon tea, or lunch? Or a burrito that you eat in bed at 3 a.m. while hate-watching the worst of Netflix? But that said, yes, breakfast is important! There is also something so intensely personal about breakfast; it’s the least performative meal, I think, the meal that is the most in tune [...]


One Occult Sandwich Is Worth 300 Regular Sandwiches

"Maybe I needed to prove that I'm wife material. If he wanted 300 sandwiches, I’d give him 300 sandwiches."


To get your boyfriend to propose: Order organic seven-grain bread that has been made by nuns (it is VERY IMPORTANT that the bread has been handled only by chaste women.  Man-touched bread will nullify this sandwich.) While waiting for your bread to ship, bury seven pieces of capicola and seven pieces of finocchiona under an alder tree during a waxing moon, and keep a sachet of mayonnaise in your bra, next to your heart, at all times. When the moon is full, dig up your meats and assemble the sandwich by alternating pieces [...]


Grandma Witch Brownies: Zucchini, Almond Butter, and Dark Chocolate Chips

Do you remember reading Strega Nona as a kid, or maybe 10 minutes ago, 10 times in a row to your own kid? You know, Grandma Witch, the one who works magic with oil, water, and a hairpin? The stories generally involve magic gone awry—most famously, when the magic pasta pot floods the town with pasta. (Oh Big Anthony, you’ll never learn!) There’s also a harvest Strega Nona story, in which a garden keeps growing and growing, demonstrating yet again that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. All of this brings me to August, and to zucchini.

At my house, our vegetable garden is just [...]


Writer's Block Soup

For me, one of the best remedies for writer’s block or artist’s block is cooking. Particularly if I’m cooking something I know how to cook already: it relaxes me, lets my mind wander. But I often want to try to cook up something new. And then of course there are days when I simply don’t know what to cook. One of the best remedies for cook’s block is opening the front door and going outside. (This is actually an all-purpose remedy, I've found.) My version of “heading for the hills” is the river and the woods, but sitting on the porch for five minutes will do.  Sometimes I order delivery [...]


Parmesan-Curry-Cashew Tuna Salad

I thought summer was ending when I took this picture out my window on September 1st. But of course, it suddenly got hot and lazy again, and this weekend my daughter was back to wading in the cold creek, pitching rocks, and cracking up as the water soaked us both. Afterwards, when we were both impossibly muddy, I just wanted to come inside, turn on the ceiling fans, slouch into my chair, and gobble up something cool and delicious. Lately she’s been hooked on cream cheese and jam on toast, with lettuce, chickpeas and yogurt on the side. But maybe because it’s September—a new year!—I felt ready for [...]


The "I Dare You" Chickpeanutbutter-and-Honey Bars

Once upon a time, there was a piece of straw, a piece of coal, and darling little bean who escaped from an old lady who wanted to kill them. They banded together and set off on an adventure. When they came upon a brook, only the bean stayed behind. The straw and the coal tried to help one another across, and they both “died”, and then their pal, the bean, watching from the shore, laughed so hard he exploded. But then a wandering tailor saved him! Whaaat? The moral of the story is that beans are crazy.

This is the bar version of my I Dare You chickpea [...]