8 Gift Ideas + Quinoa-Stuffed Delicata Squash

I've never done a gift guide before, mostly because I don't think I have terrific taste and have never thought of myself as an especially good gift giver. But this year, I've introduced some fun new food things into my life. And having spent much of it shilling my Made by Lukas veggie burgers, I've also met lots of makers of …

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Mirin Roasted Kabocha

Do you have a bottle of mirin in the back of your fridge or cupboard? Do you remember what you bought it for? I used to forget about my mirin until a recipe like Heidi's Black Sesame Otsu came along, and then afterward I'd let it get pushed back into the shadows all over again. Thank goodness it …

Delicata Quesadillas with Pepita-Cilantro Spread

Last week at R&D Foods in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, I got a quesadilla that was just perfection. These types of assembled lunch meals can seem so simple—R&D has a creative, flavor-forward menu and is very mindful about ingredient sourcing, but the set-up is loosely based on the same model as a sandwich shop or deli, where all the sauces and fillings are prepped and …

“That Crack Salad”

One chance, I thought. I only get one chance to call something a “Crack Fill-In-the-Blank,” so don’t waste the opportunity. The fact is, I didn’t know what else to name this salad. It’s just a really good tumble of leftovers and odds-and-ends that I served to friends earlier this summer. “That Crack Salad” is what …

Egg Salad Two Ways

Growing up, I was a big fan of egg salad sandwiches. But in adulthood I developed an aversion to mayonnaise, so  I don’t eat them much any more. I was happy when Heidi rejuvenated them on her blog several years ago—her recipe minimizes the mayo and maximizes the flavor—and was again happy to see a …