poblano rajas, potato and egg.

Rajas. I’m obsessed. Fire-roasted poblano chiles, cut into strips. I go to the farmers market with this meal in mind, gathering a few poblano chiles, beautiful new potatoes (purple ones are pretty), and the best, freshest eggs. In Spanish, rajas means strips or slices. Don’t fret about perfection. It’s a few quick minutes’ work to roast, peel and prepare a handful of poblanos for a week of breakfasts. Steam the potatoes ahead, too, until they can be pierced with a fork. These potatoes should still have structure, which is why Red Bliss or purple Peruvian potatoes are the best choice. In the morning, coffee cup grasped hopefully in one hand, spoon a serving of the rajas and steamed purple potatoes into an oil slicked sauté pan. […]

get grilling. peruvian style chicken

There are only two photos of this dinner. It was so delicious, it disappeared before I could take another. Peruvian style chicken is one of our favorite meals. It’s delicious, quick and easy. I always have what’s needed to make the marinade and I’m guessing you do, too. In the winter, I roast the garlic and make a whole chicken, as I did for this Food52 recipe posted ages ago, but in the summer, I love to grill chicken thighs. It’s a bright, spicy, citrusy chicken that partners perfectly with every single vegetable at the market right now. Select good chicken. I like to break down entire chickens into pieces because that is the most economical, but for weeknight dinners, my farmers market friends have packages of cut up chicken thighs available […]

berry cobbler

I can’t stop eating warm berry desserts.  I know I should post a main dish, or a preserving recipe, but all I seem to do is make the simplest dinners of steamed corn, sliced tomatoes and zucchini pancakes  and then I luxuriate in dessert because – well – BERRIES. I just love berries. Let’s talk about blackberry cobbler. Swap one berry for another or stir them all together and make jams and cobblers and pie with the sure to be delicious combination. You people in the Northwest U.S. have the BEST assortment of berry names. Ollaliberries and huckleberries and marionberries (as a DC resident, this one cracks me up.) I came home last weekend with two raspberry half-pints, half a flat of blackberries, two containers of blueberries and […]

berries, meringue and cake. a new summer dessert.

Every summer I commit to some kind of fruit dessert. In the last few years there have been summers of cobblers, galettes, clafoutis and panna cottas. Sorbets and ice creams. And pie. So, when I received Ebites from La Cuisine, the sensational cook’s resource, with a recipe for a berry cake with meringue, I had a feeling this would become my 2015 dessert. La Cuisine (in beautiful Old Town Alexandria, Virginia) is the sort of kitchen and cookware store that people like me dream about  – copper pots and carbon steel knives and esoteric tools (spaetzle maker!) and Valrhona chocolate and terrines. Nancy is the very knowledgable shopkeeper and, in the good to know department, she can mail all these wonderful kitchen necessities right to you. While I loved Nancy’s recipe, I […]

thai green curry on marthas vineyard

We’ve just passed the summer solstice. Long days, hours of sunlight and I’m soaking it all up on Marthas Vineyard. If you have never visited this island paradise, put it on your bucket list. I’ve traveled here for the last 25 years and while I’ve enjoyed the island in every season, I love this early summer week best of all. The weather is cool and breezy but the sun is hot and direct and the sky is a blue beyond blue. It’s a great week for roses, hydrangeas and privet hedges. There’s a scurry of landscape crews every day busily fluffing up the already beautiful gardens of Edgartown. The houses have a fresh coat of paint, the window boxes are overflowing and everything smells green. Because we stay in my friend’s home, […]

strawberry festival

Around the mid-Atlantic, strawberries are abundant and delicious right now. I’m a big fan of strawberry jam and have written about it here several times, so rather than start from scratch, it’s throwback strawberry time and links to my favorite strawberry preserves pieces over the years. I kicked off canning season with strawberry preserves (and all the instructions for canning, too.) I sing the praises of first crop strawberries. The strawberry jam cook-along was hilarious and a ton of fun. You’ll find my recipes in the New York Times and the Washington Post. And  this year, on June 2, I’ll be teaching a class on strawberry jam at the Smithsonian (a few spaces are still available). Yeah. I kinda love strawberries. Now that I’ve pointed you in all the right directions for strawberry […]