As a young child, much to my dismay, my mother packed my lunch every day. My homemade whole-wheat bread, natural peanut butter, and sugar-free jam sandwiches and carrot sticks seemed boring and embarrassing compared to the pizza-burgers dished out in the school lunch line or the mini bags of chips and cream-filled cake rolls that other kids carried in their lunch boxes. No one wanted … Continue reading Can Marc Vetri Save School Lunch?
I soaked an entire saucepan of chickpeas, intending to make hummus. 3 days later, they were languishing the fridge and I was in needs of a simple, yet satisfying dinner. I actually followed the recipe for “Chickpea Stew” in Super Natural Everyday to a t – very odd for me! While I don’t think that the weight of the soup really qualifies as stew, … Continue reading Chickpea Stew from Super Natural Everyday
I don’t know about you, but I get a little tired of the traditional roasted root vegetable winter salad. There are so many more options! Like most salads, I don’t exactly have a recipe, rather just a list of ingredients and simple preparation techniques. Salads are flexible! Big head of cauliflower 2 bulbs of fennel 2 heads of radicchio 6 garlic cloves olive oil Chop … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower, Fennel and Radicchio Salad
Though many would say that it’s not actually our best sandwich (in a city with plenty of serious sandwiches), Philadelphia is certainly known for its cheesesteaks. Greasy, gooey hoagies with enough salt and fat to make your heart stop, part of their charm is their excess. But for vegetarians, and those that like a few more interesting ingredients than a Sarcone’s roll and ‘whiz, there … Continue reading Veggie Cheesesteak
Some weekends it seems to blustery to go outside, and you just want to cuddle, watch movies, listen to NPR and have breakfast in. This is one of my “special” breakfasts. It doesn’t take long, but long enough that I want to save it for a weekend occasion. No real recipe – just sauteed leeks and garlic, farm, fresh eggs in a soft scramble, and … Continue reading Easy Weekend Breakfasts – leeks and eggs
The diner breakfast is a particular art form. Nothing too fancy, cheap prices, and no surprises. Am I right? The manfriend and I spent a delightful Saturday morning at a diner in my neighborhood, at 52nd and Walnut in West Philadelphia. The Skyline is very basic – just a few stools at the counter and three tables, but we got our eggs and potatoes and … Continue reading The Diner Breakfast