Polenta Triangles in 2014

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I've come to love New Year's Day in a way I love no other holiday. Well yes, I do see the merits of adopting an "every day is the start of a New Year" philosophy, and I know I'd be much better off if I made resolutions more often than just in the fleeting moments of December, but there is something uniquely beautiful about January 1. I appreciate having a reason to look back on how much has passed and how I've changed over the ...

Ravenous for Baba Ganush

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A couple days ago, I was hungry. Not like, "Hm, I could definitely eat a few bites right now," but more like the type of hungry one feels growing in the depths of her stomach for several noticeable hours. For me, this is the best type of hungry, because these are the times I'm most inspired to cook. What's more, when I'm this hungry, I know it will be worth the wait to eat a a real meal, rather than grazing on snacks. And thus, the idea ...

An Elevator Speech and Venison Meatballs

I never know how to respond when someone asks me if I eat meat. Some days I'm tempted to reply with an emphatic "Of course I eat meat. What kind of a leaf-chomping veg do you take me for?" And some days it's "No, no. Meat? No." The former is called Keeping Up Appearances, the latter is Sweeping It Under the Rug. The tRuth is, I've never responded with those exact words, but my affinity towards meat is as bi-polar as it sounds. I'm not a ...

College Survival Tip #2: Cream Cheese Pickapeppa Appetizer

This appetizer is ridiculously tasty for the minimal effort it takes to make it. It's perfect to bring to a last-minute get-together,  a Rose Bowl watch party, or to survive on for a week. All you need is: 1.) An 8 ounce block of cream cheese. Put this on a plate. 2.) A bottle of the Jamaican wonder, Pickapeppa Sauce. Pour this liberally over the cream cheese. 3.) A box of your favorite crackers. I like a Wisconsin favorite, Potter's Crackers. DIG IN. Your world of quick and easy ...