Plantains, provecho!

Plantains, provecho!

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s smoothly sweet soup of plantains, parsnips, and leeks. Elton John is the reason I found the recipe. Every meal tells a story, and here is just one.

Photographs and memories and potato salad

Photographs and memories and potato salad

Awkwardly slow-dancing to “Nights in White Satin,” bar hopping on Bourbon Street, and really, really, irresponsible adult chaperones. Food often evokes memories, of course. But in this case the memories were so elusive, and the food item so rarely cooked, the recollection took months to surface. It’s all the power of potato salad.

The water in meat. Plus, a recipe

Thoughts about water: too much, not enough, and how much water it takes to grow a pound of beef. (hint: Lots!) Plus a recipe for dinner thrown together from leftover corn, rice, and pine nuts, accidentally vegetarian, absolutely delicious.

The Impromptu Vegetarian

Lentils and eggplant, oh my! Kid One makes a deal with a friend to go vegetarian for a week. Mom calmly accommodates him, and in the end is inspired to continue experimenting with meat-free meals.

Popcorn for posterity

Popcorn for posterity

Mark Bittman’s brown bag popcorn recipe. Make this all the time! You’ll save money, and it’s healthier and better for the environment than the pre-packaged kind.

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