Low-stress sides for outdoor barbecues


This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which to many people signals the unofficial start of barbecue season; if you missed the BDN garden show special insert at the beginning of April, you missed my tips for hosting a successful, low-stress barbecue event, as well as my recipe for foil packet potatoes on the grill. […]

Cream of fiddlehead soup, and an adventure


Since our success locating and experimenting with Japanese knotweed, Ian and I have been sort of consumed with the idea of foraging. There’s just something very satisfying about going into the woods and emerging with something both safe to eat and tasty as well. Personally, I really want to find and try ramps, but until […]

Japanese Knotweed: Invasive and Tasty


Every weekend that we’re both free, Ian and I like to go for a long, scenic nature walk. I call them hikes – because for me, they are – but Ian’s idea of a hike involves a mountain trail, and usually his dad. We also have been wanting to find the time to try foraging, and since spring is […]

Instant parents. Just add barium…

You may have noticed that I didn’t have any new recipes to share this week. There’s a reason for that, and it’s more ridiculous and amazing than any excuse I could have made up. This past Sunday was my thirty-second birthday. I’d been having some pain in my lower right abdomen for the past few […]

Tasty ways to use leftover Easter eggs

This year, my family’s Easter celebrations were understandably tinged with sadness. The day after Easter, my family and I gathered in my parents’ hometown of Newburyport, MA to say a final farewell to my godfather and uncle, who passed away recently. While the circumstances of the visit were not ideal, it was nice to get to meet […]

Fresh pineapple: inexpensive and in season


As Fortune family legend goes, when my mother was pregnant with me, she craved pineapple like mad. Personally, knowing my mother’s penchant for pineapple in general, I have my suspicions that this was less a craving than a very convenient and plausible excuse for eating one of her favorite foods in abundance – but either way, I can’t blame […]

Maple cheesecake with maple-glazed pecans

Photo by Ian Marquis.

Not that “normal” is a term that tends to apply to my life, or me, or Ian for that matter, but things are starting to get back to normal-for-us around here; I will be starting work soon, and am almost completely recovered from my illness, and Ian has contracted the awful chest cold going around, but […]

For breakfast and birthdays, let them eat cake


As Gilda Radner used to say (in the guise of early SNL character Roseanne Rosannadanna,) “It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” I find that to be true in most areas of life, but specifically in my kitchen these days. I have spent the better part of the last week laid up […]

Meals from an overwhelmed kitchen


As I may have mentioned, we recently moved to Portland from Bangor. It’s been a period of extreme adjustment for us, in no small part because my new kitchen is about a third of the size of my old one, and I’ve been breaking my brain trying to get all the tools and appliances I use most frequently to […]