#5 Soba with wakame

Sometimes there are plans and expectations, hopes and ambitions, dreams. And then there are the times when harsh reality intervenes. This last week has, unfortunately, been just such a time. I had hoped to tantalize your appetites with a recipe for hot noodles in a savory broth. I had aspirations for elegant discursions on the…

#4 Sweet Winter Slaw

Here’s another one that’s easy to like, and a good thing, too. We’re in the starting phases of building an addition to our house for my in-laws — bedroom, bathroom, and sitting area — and everything in our life seems to be reacting with a certain brittle rigidity to the anticipated changes. In the last…

#3: Mushroom ragout with poached duck eggs

After last week’s tempestuous entrĂ©e, you might be pleased to learn that this week we’re enjoying a far more congenial dining companion: Start with panfried mushrooms served in an intensely-flavored sauce based on a stock made from porcini mushrooms and aromatics, enriched with sour cream and spiked with thin ribbons of fresh tarragon and parsley.…

#2 Black Pepper Tofu

I am a sucker for intensely flavored foods: bleu cheese, anything with garlic and red pepper flakes, bitter greens, and spicy salsas and curries. And besides I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use tofu, which I am pretty sure I should eat more frequently. So it was no surprise that this particular…

Week 1: Watercress, pistachio, and orange blossom salad

Judging by the sudden onslaught of diet advice everywhere, I’m not the only one who has spent the last six weeks living on caffeine, alcohol, and peppermint bark. Come January, I am tired of rich roasts, triple creme cheeses, and decadently silky pates…. even if they come accompanied by crystal flutes of bubbly champagne. No.…