How to Cook a Basic Roasted Chicken

I make roasted chicken all the time, usually once a week. It is one of the simplest and most economical way of cooking chicken since it makes enough for dinner plus leftovers, and I can use the bones to make a batch of broth.  I get locally pasture-raised poultry from La Bahn Ranch at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays. It never occurred to me to post this recipe on the blog because I thought of it as too simple.  That was until ... Read More

Roasted Butternut and Broccoli

When it comes to weeknight dinners I tend to keep it pretty simple.  Especially during the winter and early spring when seasonal veggies can get a bit monotonous this often means roasting whatever I have on hand.  Tossed with some coconut oil and flavored with garlic powder and aleppo pepper is one of my favorite ways to do it. You can really use this technique for almost any vegetable you have on hand – carrot, sweet potato, zucchini, cauliflower,... Read More

Roasted Chicken Coconut Curry

This recipe is so good that once I made it the first time, I made it again only 5 days later.  The first time was for a few friends who came over for a Sunday night dinner and we all knew right away that this was a winner. I probably took the most complicated route to making this recipe, since I roasted the chicken myself and toasted/ground my own spices, but don’t worry because I show you tips along the way that will save you some time in... Read More

Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

There are some foods that are friends, but I would call tomatoes and okra best friends. They grow in the same season, they have similar textures, they can be cooked at the same temperature, the are both easy to cook, and they taste great together! Longtime readers of the blog might remember my super simple okra and miso marinara from a back in 2009. The recipes are very similar in that both use less than 6 ingredients and are very quick to whip together.... Read More

Roasted Rainbow Heirloom Carrots with Pesto

When these beautiful spring rainbow carrots showed up at the farmers’ market I was unsure how to showcase them.  I eat a lot of carrots but they are rarely the star of the recipe, so I needed to find a special way to highlight these beautiful shades all on their own. I first got the idea for roasting and tossing with pesto from the gastrobus at the Los Feliz farmers’ market.  They serve an organic “tapas-style” brunch... Read More

Roasted Zucchini and Fresh Rosemary Soup

When zucchini first appeared at the farmers market again this year (after a long an cold winter filled with seemingly endless root vegetables, oranges and kale) literally squealed with glee.  For some reason I could care less about summer squash all of last year, but as soon as they went out of season I got some serious cravings that lasted all winter. I know zucchinis and all other summer squashes can be pretty neutral in flavor, but i think... Read More

sweet baked broccoli

when i posted about baked broccoli here before, i guaranteed that baking is the best way to cook broccoli.  it yields soft, tender stems and crunchy, flavorful florets.  and they are easy to toss in some olive oil and a few seasonings before roasting for less than a half an hour.  even better than the curry powder i flavored it with before, is a little agave, spices and sesame seeds. this sweet and savory broccoli recipe has quickly become a favorite... Read More

Roasted Fennel over Couscous

Fennel is an interesting vegetable.  When eaten raw I find it to have a celery-like texture with a hint of licorice flavor, which is not my favorite of all the flavors.  But like most vegetables, when roasted it mellow out and gains a toasty and buttery quality. I don’t roast the stems because i find them quite stringy, but I do save some of the fuzzy greens to chop up and season the bulbs with while they cook.  Afterward, they’re... Read More

Napa Cabbage and Snap Pea Winter Salad

I recently visited my good friend Rose in San Francisco, who always inspires me when we share the kitchen.  Our first night in town, exhausted from traveling, she made a delicious dinner which included something she called a winter salad.  It involved wilted Napa cabbage, warm apples, and apple cider vinegar. While this isn’t exactly rose’s recipe, she sure did inspire me to create a winter salad of my own.  It still includes Napa... Read More

Curry Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower

When I find a dish that works its way into my routine – popping up on my dinner plate at least once or twice a week – I feel obligated to share it here.  Partly because it’s a recipe I’ve tested multiple times and know works, but also because it is usually pretty simple and always satisfying. While I had previously been pretty bored by broccoli and cauliflower, expecting only to toss them in a puréed soup or stir fry,... Read More

Sunchokes Roasted with Lavender and Garlic

Sunchokes. also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, are the root vegetable of a plant similar to a sunflower.  They look like and are often confused for fresh ginger root, but are more like an earthy-flavored potato.  They are probably associated with artichokes because of their earthy, subtle artichoke-like flavor and creamy, buttery texture. I love to roast them in the oven slowly over moderate heat until they are melt in your mouth delicious.  Almost... Read More

Light Mashed Potatoes and Celeriac with Roasted Garlic

Every recipe on thanksgiving seems to have the same “fuck it” mentality, with loads of butter and salt and carbohydrates, because why not?  For example, normally I make mashed potatoes like this, but this year I decided to do the complete opposite.  I wanted a lighter dish thrown in the mix, for a little bit of balance on a day designated for indulgence. I started with potatoes, but this time i added celeriac (celery root) which... Read More

Chunky Pumpkin Soup

This is a recipe I got from my boyfriend.  When he first started cooking for himself, this was one of the first recipes he learned, I dare even say, mastered.  It’s an easy, wholesome recipe that you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to make, it doesn’t even require any blending.  It is versatile, since you could really use any kind of squash, like butternut or delicata, just as easily.  Plus it’s also perfect for thanksgiving... Read More

Roasted Snap Peas and Green Beans with Vegan Caramelized Onion Gravy

I never much liked the traditional green bean casserole, with its soggy canned beans and overly creamy sauce.  Yet I could never help but mentally group it in the upper echelon of Thanksgiving foods.  It has somehow always seemed just as essential to the dinner table as stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy, it was just a shame I didn’t enjoy it as much. But this year, when I started brainstorming what I wanted to cook, I couldn’t... Read More