Simple Pleasures

As winter closes in, I find myself really craving comfort food. This afternoon, as I walked home through the chilly fog, I got a yen I haven’t had in years. I wanted tuna casserole, that ultimate comfort food, the kind with the crusty broiled top and the simple-but-brilliant filling of macaroni, tuna, and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup all mushed together and seasoned with nothing but parsley, salt and pepper. I don’t eat tuna anymore, and I don’t eat wheat pasta, and I sure as hell don’t eat whatever craziness they put in a can of Campbell’s, so my casserole tonight was a bit of an adventure, but in the end it came out perfectly and filled my tummy with warm, gooey, winter coziness.

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Spinach and Apples

I am head over heels in love with the cornmeal pizza crusts from Vicolo Pizza. They beckon to me like blank canvasses waiting to be filled by all manner of culinary artistry. Tonight I brushed lemon olive oil onto one shell before heaping it with spinach sauteed with garlic, grated parmesan cheese, and little clumps of caramelized onions. The other I lined with a thick coat of caramelized onions before layering on my beloved tempeh bacon and slices of Rome Beauty apple. Both pizzas were sublime, and I scarfed down slices alongside a salad of lettuce and arugula, drizzled with the fruitiest dressing made from lemon olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and just a hint of orange syrup.

Spinach, Parmesean, Carmelized Onion, and Lemon Oil & Tempeh Bacon, Apples, and Carmelized Onion

Tat Soi and Pomegranate: Week of December 12th

This week’s box was so gorgeous and abundant, I had to take a picture!

Week 8 Box Contents

Diane Sweet Potatoes
Tat Soi (that’s the glorious dark green bunch behind the eggs on the right)
Lettuce
Pink Lady Apples
Spinach (in the bowl at the back)
Satsuma Mandarins
Broccoli
Arugula (almost hidden behind the carrots)
Napa Cabbage (hiding behind the lettuce)
Nantes Carrots (gorgeous! although one arrived broken and another has a big worm hole)
Tadorna Leeks
Pomegranate