Grilled Cheese with Fried Apples and Sage

Last week David Tanis's column focused on the type of dinner when you arrive home late on a weeknight, a little tipsy and not properly fed due to having been at some kind of holiday party. This is a type of dinner I love—quick, aimed at instant gratification. It's not always healthy, but it's infinitely …

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Walnut-Crusted Risotto “Burgers”

I’ll be the first to admit that some veggie burgers can stretch the limits of category—as in, you’re calling that a veggie burger? Latkes and fritters: sure, you can call them veggie burgers. Same thing with some big vegetable dumplings. Rice cakes? I'll hear you state your case. One might nitpick, but to me, this …

Chard-Potato Soup

Last weekend the Eatizens dinner party took place. I tipped my bed up against the wall of my studio apartment, pushed my bookshelves, sofa, and coffee table out of the way, and nine of us gathered around my new (collapsible!) banquet table and a whole smattering of borrowed silverware, plates, and glasses to eat some …

Beet, Apple, and Pickle Salad

Hello from Seattle! I’ve written most of this from the lovely Amtrak Cascade, en route from Portland to here. It's a luxurious ride—trains are always better than airplanes, in my opinion—and the scenery is so lush. There’s every shade of green, yellow, and orange, and the train tracks are wedged between some substantial, tree-covered hills. …