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the cheese stands alone, part 2

Aww…”The Cheese Stands Alone” was the first post I ever wrote on this blog back in June 2007. I was so pleased with myself for learning how to make homemade ricotta, and that was some dang good cheese. But for my 35 Things list, I wanted to make real cheese, the kind that takes days […]

greens, greens, greens (or, wait…you can eat that?)

The most frequent question I’ve been asked about the CSA is whether I used all the items in my basket of veggies. I’m happy to say that the answer is yes, mostly. I have one sweet potato left from last week, but that’s it. What did I do with all that produce, you ask? Well, […]


I am so pleased to be participating in a CSA (community supported agriculture). I just love the idea of getting a surprise box of produce each week–whatever’s growing at the farm–and trying new things while literally learning what’s in season. Today I picked up my first crate of vegetables. Let’s look at what was inside, […]

hello, cupcake

Oh, my goodness. My schedule has been even more packed than usual lately, y’all. Between work and ACEL, I have been one busy bee. For ACEL, I helped market and promote a panel discussion on Gainesville’s ever-controversial Charter Amendment 1, and as part of those efforts, I appeared on NPR twice AND on a conservative […]

porcine cuisine

I live about 500 yards from the best barbecue place in town. Because I am lazy and because it’s so convenient to saunter across the street to Chunky T’s, I don’t cook barbecue at home very often. But today, the sun came out, and after a week of frigid-for-Florida temperatures, we’re finally having some beautiful […]

breakfast, a love story

I never used to be a breakfast person. I’d had my heart broken too many times by Pop Tarts, Nutri-Grain bars and Jimmy Dean. It wasn’t until about seven years ago, when I was living alone for the first time ever, that good breakfast food and I became reacquainted. It started out with a bowl […]

the omnivore’s 100

Below is a list of 100 food items every omnivore should try, or so says British food blogger Andrew Wheeler of Very Good Taste. I’ve eaten 42 out of the 100, and I only ruled out four foods on the list. (Fish so poisonous it could kill you? No thanks.) A few of my all-time […]

labor of love

Sometimes food doesn’t ask much of you. A paper-thin slice of salty prosciutto requires no preparation or adornment. Heck, you don’t even need a fork to enjoy a perfectly ripe pear or a  handful of crisp, cold carrots or a wedge of sharp cheddar cheese. But sometimes food makes you work. Artichokes, for instance. With […]

comfort food

July was an extraordinarily crappy month, and I’m still somewhat bummed out. I can be a little (read: a lot) obsessive, especially when things are not going my way. So, in an attempt to take my mind off my worries, I’ve spent quite bit of time in the kitchen with Sara Moulton’s cookbook, indulging in […]

one fish, two fish (and way, way more!)

I’ve got about a million recipes to share, so I’ll just get right to it. Hors d’oeuvres Crispy Zucchini Sticks with Olive Dip–This beer-battered, fried zucchini made my entire house smell like a truck stop diner, but it was SO worth it. I’m usually not wild about mayonnaise-based dips, but the olives and lemon juice […]