Scoutin’ it Out

Pure Produce

When cooped up inside with braises and stews simmering away and time to spare, it is easy to lean into an appreciation of complex flavor combinations and involved technical practices. To be sure, I enjoy doing the math to figure out how my sourdough discard will affect the measuring of other ingredients in a recipe […]

What’s a Sandwich?

There are many things in which my fixation showcases my proclivity towards pedantry. As a linguistic enthusiast, I get a lot of pleasure learning interesting but useless, and easily forgettable etymology (did you know that the ladybug is named after the Virgin Mary because of the seven spots on a specific variety found in Italy […]

Holiday Cookies

When November is starting to wane after that fourth Thursday of the month, the nation’s fixation on pie subsides and attention is instead devoted to cookies. In my family, the holiday season kicks off on Black Friday not with early morning deal searching and store raiding (especially not this year), but with the first of […]

Soup Season

One of the very first culinary events of my life occurred when I was in first grade. My tastes at the time were limited, as is often the case with the young palate. Bland starches were the pinnacle. White bread sans crust. Easy Mac Kraft Mac and Cheese (woe be unto the person who tried […]

Goodbye to Abigail

I arrived home from work the other day to a pretty devastating discovery. After months of careful tending, Abigail, my sourdough starter, was dead. While there had been ups and downs over the course of our time together, the grey scudge on top of the non-risen foundation was a sign that I had reached a […]

Cooking Through It

Exhaustion is a tricky state of being. When the physical, emotional, and mental reserves are very nearly spent – with what little energy is left reserved for a quick interlude of banging one’s head against the wall – it feels as if all there is left to do is burrito into a blanket and wait […]

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