Slow-Roasted Fennel and Oregano Chicken

Here’s a one-pot, set-it-and-mostly-forget-it dish that’ll make the whole house cozy. It’s adapted only slightly from Alison Roman, whose new cookbook, Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over, was recently featured in the New York Times Food Section—and is definitely going on my Christmas list. Just note that this is a low-and-slow dish, with a…

Puff-Pastry Tomato Tarts

The Great British Baking Show. Love it. Every season, it seems like Paul and Mary have the bakers make puff pastry at least three or four times. I’m mesmerized anew each time. I’ve tried it myself from scratch exactly once. Made the lean dough (yes, by hand and pastry scraper). Chilled it. Pounded the butter…

Ketchup for What?

For fries. For burgers. For schnitzel. For brats. And, yes, for dogs. Three test batches and a couple dozen spoonfuls later, I’m ready to stop tinkering and send Curry Ketchup to the cloud for safe-keeping. I’m going to want to refer to this recipe again. Curry Ketchup So good it made me violate the Chicago Dog rule. Also…

Pesto alla Trapanese

Thanks, Zeppoli. Until dinner there one night last week, I’d forgotten how much I like Trapanese, the Sicilian pesto that subs almonds for the pine nuts in its ubiquitous, basil-laden Genovese cousin. Such a brilliant, simple, fresh dish. I’ve seen lots of variations – in proportions, in peppers (some use vinegar-cured pepperoncini, some use the…

Swap-Box Hero: Okra Edition

I might’ve thought we were close enough to the Mason-Dixon line for our CSA picker-uppers to consider okra a treat, but based on the end-of-night swap-box contents for the past two weeks, it’s vegetabilis non grata in these parts.   Truth be told, one of those bags last week was mine: I traded in a pound…

A zucchini a day . . .

. . . still would not deplete my backlog before my next CSA delivery. That’s right. As I type, there are EIGHT summer squash (six zucchini and two yellow squash) in my fridge. Last week’s sharebox included four of each, and this week’s held four more. My goal: to eat them up or put them…