Archive for August, 2010

This week’s CSA basket contained a gorgeous set of mini heirloom tomatoes.  That, paired with Santa Monica Seafood’s weekly special on fresh pacific snapper, gave birth to this week’s recipe…naughty snapper.  One part puttanesca, one part cioppinio, and one part pantry raid, this dish turned out so good, I even tapped into my cellar for […]


Yes, more apples! They are everywhere in DC and I can’t stop baking (slash eating) them. This time, I went with a much simpler recipe for a French apple tart. It is not as decadent and refined the Tarte Tatin, but instead simple, focused, delicious.  This is the flakiest, easiest, and best crust I’ve ever […]


A good friend of mine happens to have an amazing granny smith apple tree in her backyard. This weekend, with too many to pick and eat herself, she gave me a basket full of them to experiment with on my own. My heart was immediately set on making a beautiful French classic, Tarte Tatin. Tarte […]


With about 5 lbs of eggplant still left in my refrigerator from my last workshare, I have been trying to think of creative ways to use them up. My latest obsession is a meatless meat sauce, made with pureed roasted eggplant and tomatoes. I call it a meat sauce because it has a texture much […]


This weekend, after several prior unsuccessful attempts, I finally completed my first workshare at Clagett Farm in Maryland. Although hard work, it was extremely rewarding and fun- all around a great experience. A worksharer is person who works a certain number of hours on a farm in exchange for a share of the farm’s produce. […]