Category Archives: Side Dishes and Light Meals

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Simple Massaged Kale Salad

So. There’s no easy way into this conversation. We’re massaging our salads now. You’re looking at aView full post »

Caprese Sandwich (Mozzarella. Tomato. Basil. BOOM.)

It’s the last day of school for our sixth grader and second grader, and, like every year, I’m filled withView full post »

Purple Cauliflower, Lentil and Quinoa Salad Recipe

On grief, in springtime.

I learned a lot this week. I learned what it’s like to say goodbye to the last member of a whole generation. That itView full post »

Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut Recipe

A Hot Mess: Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut and Dijon

Of course I knew it wasn’t a good idea to search “hot mess” on Urban Dictionary. MaybeView full post »

Colcannon Cheddar Skillet Cakes Recipe

Colcannon Cheddar Skillet Cakes

I was going to try to pass off this recipe as the perfect day-after meal for St. Patrick’s Day, to use up allView full post »

Vegetarian Muffuletta Recipe

Vegetarian Muffuletta and tips for a successful Mardi Gratzer Celebration

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Day of festivity, masquerade, debauchery. Last-ditch, all-out effort at fun until Easter.View full post »

Easy Green Quinoa Salad

This green quinoa salad came about when my seven year old’s yoga class had an end-of-year party, and they wereView full post »

Nori Rolls

These nori rolls combine some of the best characteristics of (1) sushi, (2) summer rolls, (3) burritos, and (4)View full post »

Deconstructed Hummus Chickpea Salad

So. I asked my father-in-law to buy all the ingredients for this salad, and then I left the country without making it.View full post »

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas, Two Ways

Have you ever wondered why chickpeas look so much like tiny butts? Whaaat? I know I sure haven’t. If I hadView full post »

Ye Olde Kale Chips

Of all my self-destructive tendencies — and believe me, there are some strong contenders — the crowningView full post »

From the Archives: Salt and Vinegar Broiled Fingerling Potatoes

Today’s World Vegan Month post is from the archives. It’s one of my all-time most popular posts — andView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: The Dinner Salad

When you want to make a big, gorgeous salad into dinner, what do you put on it?View full post »

That’s Bloody Brilliant: Samphire

A friend from the States asked the other day what my favorite thing about London has been so far. It felt like a rookieView full post »

Why we went

Recipe for a savory vegetarian Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Salad. Omit the cheese to make it vegan.View full post »

To England, where my heart lies.

Before I had memories, I had nostalgia. I pined for other people’s memories. By 1990 I was 14, with no notableView full post »


Get the recipe for a BLT with avocado from Susan Russo’s charming new cookbook The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches.View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Collard Greens Mineira

This week in the crisper, if you’re used to braising collard greens to death (not that there’s anythingView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Andrew Carmellini’s Cauliflower

This week in the crisper, cauliflower and pears with brown butter and hazelnuts from the lovely Urban Italian by NYCView full post »

To blow off steam (idiom)

Popovers are crisp and buttery on the outside and positively ethereal on the inside. They’re easy to make, too.View full post »

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

It’s the 2010 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (has it been a whole year already?!), and a vegetarian adaptation ofView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Gobble-Worthy Cruciferous Side Dishes

This week in the crisper, a glimmering round-up of festive broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard, and turnip recipesView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

In the crisper this week, confessions of a beautiful, brainy young head of cauliflower on the up and up. Psst: sheView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: A Savory Take on Grapes

This week in the crisper, grapes are great in fruit salads, on cheese plates, and simply eaten out of hand. But theyView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: How Not to Cook

Too hot to cook? This week (okay, last week) in the crisper, suggestions on how to eat well without touching the stove.View full post »


When harpoon-caught swordfish appears at the market, Umami Girl gets back in the swordfish game after a seven-yearView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: What’s a Cucuzza?

What’s a cucuzza? I thought I was a competent Italian-American, but then I saw my first cucuzza at theView full post »

City Limits: Summer Bailout—The Salad

In the second chapter of Lily Acunzo’s new column City Limits, the mercury rises, a Food Coop board member goesView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: How to Use Up Your Misfit Vegetables

Easy, flexible recipe (more like a formula, really) for a healthy, delicious grain salad that uses up all your leftoverView full post »

In Defense of Food

A simple, real-food recipe for skillet greens with bacon and feta cheese, plus the winner of In Defense of Food and aView full post »

Little-girl salad, all grown up.

A re-introduction to sustainable food resources and a recipe for Niçoise salad.View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Dandelion, Strawberry and Balsamic Onion Salad

Recipe for a beautiful springtime salad of dandelion greens, strawberries and balsamic-caramelized onions.View full post »

I probably shouldn’t tell you this.

Easy, healthy recipe for lentil and brown rice salad.View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Kid Crack Asparagus

Easy recipe for marinated, grilled asparagus with buttery toasted breadcrumbs.View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Jar of Caesar

Recipe for homemade Caesar dressing you can shake up in a jar and store in the fridge for a week.View full post »