Cuban-style Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Rice

I never got to the store that day. I had no plan for dinner, and no energy to even think about it. I’d spent part of the day trying to can beans, but my pressure canner was on the fritz. That left me with several jars of cooked beans that hadn’t been properly processed, so…

Grilled Asparagus​

I owe my kids an apology. Well, the two younger ones anyway, who never learned to like asparagus. See, I grew up eating asparagus steamed. Plain. I loved it that way, but in retrospect, I realize that’s pretty much the way my mom cooked nearly all vegetables, and not necessarily because it was the best…

Fish Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art.” — Anthony Burgess Thirty-eight years?! Okay, I’m really dating myself here, but as far as I can tell, that’s how long it’s been since I had…

Roasted Turnips With Dill and Caraway

The things we do for love. Like, grow turnips! I’ve mentioned before that I grew up thinking I didn’t like them. Thing is, it was a “didn’t like” that was based on precisely zero experience. Not the kind of thing a sciency person such as I likes to admit, maybe, but I was just a…

Grilled Opah with Dog Sauce

No dogs were harmed in the making of this meal!  I found this great new fishmonger called Hooked a little while back. Everything there is fresh and sustainably caught, and the people know what they’re talking about. One day, I was looking at all the choices — every last one of which was gorgeous —…

Homemade Buttermints

These tasty little after-dinner mints are great for gift-giving as well as enjoying yourself. And they’re ridiculously easy to make! I made three batches to give for the holidays, one each of red, green, and white. The recipe comes from The Spruce Eats. When I was a kid, my dad used to go on business trips several…

Mashed Turnips

The best part about being open-minded about food is that sometimes you learn to like something new. I grew up thinking I didn’t like turnips. I’m not at all sure why I’d have thought that — my mother loved them, but I don’t remember her ever serving them at home. I guess my dad must…

Spicy Sheet Pan Shrimp With Broccoli

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” — The Doctor For once, I actually had a plan for dinner. I’d rediscovered an old recipe for grilled shrimp, and had been looking forward to it all day. How could I forget there was a storm rolling in? Probably it wasn’t so much…