Designer Imposters #2: Soba/Udon Salad


One of the unexpected culinary delights in our recent Southwest Road Trip was Salt Lake City. Not only was it beautiful, friendly, and relatively inexpensive, it boasted not one but two all-vegan restaurants! All vegan. The first one we visited upon arriving was Sage’s Cafe, somewhat upscale and very cozy. The menu was very manageable–more than enough to […]

CSA Summer Cookdown #3: Thai Cucumber Salad


Even without the large batch of cucumbers we got from the CSA share, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in them, thanks to the same friends who kindly donated their CSA share. We trade for zucchini for these on occasion–Zukes for Cukes, as Christine calls it. After foisting as many of these onto our other […]

Improv’d Pot: Tomato Coconut Veggie Stew


The other night Mark was bereft of inspiration, so I started rummaging in the fridge and decided to concoct a feast from what I could find.  I do this from time-to-time and think it should have a proper name; thus, the Improv’d Pot segment of the blog is born!  Here’s some of what we had […]

Green Thai Curry


Once upon a time I had a peek into the beautiful mind of Thai cooking. It was fleeting, but powerful, and is a place I keep trying to return to. Just the other week, we made a pretty tasty Massaman curry. We had a hankerin’ for something similar, but not quite the same. Since we’re […]

Reykjavik- Day 19, CURRY NIGHT!


Our new buds Nicole and Devon are also Americans living in Reykjavík, however they get to stay here for a whole year, as Nicole has sponsorship from the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation as well as the Fullbright Program to travel to various residencies and work on her art.  Devon is on a Fellowship from the University […]

Reykjavik, Days 4 & 5: Red Curry and a meal at Fish & Chips


I think the excitement of being back in Reykjavik and hanging out with interesting new people has reversed our normal socialization schedule a little. We seemed to go out every night during the week, then kind of hunkered down on Friday to (a) finally get some work done and (b) take a little more time […]

In Residence


Hot on the tail of Mark’s “Cooking For One” post, I wanted to chime in with the perspective of cooking for one in my very particular situation: at an artist residency, in a shared kitchen, in a foreign country, as a vegan.  I been fortunate to have the time and space to reflect and observe […]

Grab ‘n’ Growl


Growing up, I ate a lot of leftovers. My parents both worked two jobs so it was much more efficient to make a few big meals and then eat leftovers on off nights–especially since I could heat them up myself. Since you can’t always eke out a full meal from a single leftover, you often […]

Tom Kha Soup w/Squash & “Thai” Salad


Of all the soups on this Earth, the Thai Tom Kha is among my favorites. We were introduced to it at the Thai Pavilion in DeKalb, IL–where I was introduced to Thai food in general. There seem to be lots of varieties of this tofu & coconut soup–some sweet and rich, others more savory–and the […]

Red Thai Curry w/Tofu and Sesame Kale


Until the last 6 months or so, I’d never had much luck with Thai food. Recently, though, I’ve begun to penetrate into the lurid mind of Thai food. Red Thai Curry w/Tofu 1/2 lb tofu, cubed 1 medium-sized white onion, petaled 1 green or red bell pepper, cut into large pieces 2 medium-sized carrots, peeled […]