Mud Cake 2.0

I realized something recently. Even though I’ve been writing about Rosa’s Mud Cake for over a decade now, it had been a very long time since I actually baked one in my own kitchen. For the longest time the cake was our go-to for many special occasions, specifically my chocolate-loving daughter’s birthday, but since she left for college, most of my mud cake… Read more »

For those of you lucky enough to have young kids at home this summer, might I suggest picking up a copy of Priya’s Kitchen Adventures? Priya Krishna, the New York Times food journalist (famous in my house for her Matar Paneer and pantry-superstar Khichdi) teaches kids how to cook recipes from around the world. Think… …Dahi Bhalla from India (above), Pozole Verde con Pollo from Mexico,… Read more »

Back in the olden days, when our girls were little, turkey burgers were one of the few dinners everyone ate without short-order modifications, which meant we had them a lot, usually California-style, craggy-edged with white onions, ketchup, mustard, and pickles, maybe some roast potatoes on the side. When I type that now, of course it sounds classic and perfect, but at the… Read more »

Since discovering the oven-roasted shawarma recipe (<gift link) from the Times in December, I’ve made it a half dozen times — sometimes for company, sometimes for an easy Sunday dinner, sometimes with homemade yogurt flatbread (page 222 The Weekday Vegetarians), sometimes over rice with yogurt sauce and mint. The recipe, with nearly 20,000 reviews, is wildly popular for a reason: It always delivers. Unless, of course,… Read more »

There’s a new cookbook out today called Hot Sheet, by Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine, which is an ode in recipe form to all the ways the humble sheet pan makes a home cook’s life easier, from starters and snacks, through dinnertime and dessert. Good lord, everything looks so delicious and — here’s what shocked me for a sheet pan cookbook… Read more »

Friends! News! I’d like to introduce you to my next book, The Weekday Vegetarians: Get Simple, which will be published in August, and is available for pre-order as of TODAY. How badly do you want to eat the cover? Here is a brief list of the kind of people who might enjoy Get Simple: Busy people. Smart people. Meat-loving people… Read more »

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