Spicy Curried Eggplant & Chickpea Soup

As I write this post (and really, as I write most posts these days), my little man (who is almost ONE FULL YEAR OLD, have I mentioned?) is napping.  I’m thankful for the naps (they don’t always happen around these parts – he went a full day last week without one, YIKES), but it’s tough to get into the nap time blogging groove.

There are always toys to pick up (lest I trip over a mountain of wooden blocks, or loud plastic things that make music, which happens more often than I’d like to admit), laundry to start or finish, dishes to wash or put away (or Cheerios to remove from random kitchen crannies), mail to sort, et cetera et ceteraaaa, and by the time I finally sit down here it’s a race against the internal clock of a sleeping baby to post something, anything, of value.  Do you know that clock contraption?  It’s a very clever built-in timer that always knows the precise moment, the very one, when you’ve just sat down with your thoughts, fingers hovering over the keyboard, to wake the (albeit small and adorable) beast.  Oh well.  Hashtag real talk, hashtag mom life, or something.

But I need!  To tell you!  About this soup!  (!!!)  It’s so, so very good.  Simple to make, perfect to eat.  Plenty spiced, a bit spicy, lusciously thick and full of sweet onion and eggplant flavor.  And with a bit of coconut cream (or yogurt) on top, and a handful of herby greens, too, it’s a weeknight meal worth shouting about.  From nap time or any time, really.

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I Think Thursday 2.23.17

We’ve had a few mild and sun-streaked days here that have felt like spring might be on it’s way, although as I write this a chilly drizzle is tapping on my window pane.

Oh, and I bought new glasses this week, because my mom told me that she “doesn’t care for” my current pair.  Happy Thursday links!

  1. Grapefruit with Honey & Salt is such a treat this time of year.
  2. Really enjoy reading articles from the Anti-Diet Project.
  3. I love brunch. Hooray, Joy!
  4. This is really good on a few different levels.
  5. Interesting!
  6. #sugarnipper
  7. Sheet pans 4 eva.
  8. I want to go to there.
  9. This is the kind of news I like to read.
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Best Chewy Brownies

I made these crackly-topped, perfectly textured (for me, that means damp and chewy, closer to fudgy than cakey… devastatingly handsome, ugh) beauties while the soundtrack to La La Land jumped and lilted around my kitchen.  I basically made these brownies for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, is what I’m saying.  (Have you gotten a chance to see that movie yet?  It’s a delight.)

Anyway, back to our scene: the Seattle sun peeked through the raindrops and the pop-flecked jazz filled the air, which became increasingly thick with the scent of melted butter and dark chocolate and, despite the baffling circus that is the political news cycle (you guys, WHAT IS HAPPENING), in that moment, all felt right with the world.  And then we ate brownies.

As today is a holiday (albeit one of those weird ones that not everyone recognizes — sorry if you are, indeed, at the office), you might think about creating your own happy place, with music and brownies?  It’s a start, at least.

Happy Monday!

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I Think Thursday 2.9.17

Happy Thursday!

This week saw the release of my second cookbook, and after months of anticipation and one hecka fun launch party, all I want to do now is sleep for maybe like two days?  Or at least sit down for one quiet moment to let out a long and cleansing WHEEEEEW kind of breath.

Wheeeeeew! (I’m glad it’s finally out there, can you tell?)

How about some LINKS, huh?

  1. Next week is Valentine’s Day! Maybe we should make these Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies with Whipped Espresso Ganache
  2. Also, speaking of that holiday, this is all I really want on February 14th.
  3. If you’re in Seattle this Friday, maybe come to this event?
  4. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry?
  5. But like seriously, is this real life?
  6. Do you have one of these instant pots?  Do I need one?
  7. This looks so fun!  Might have to start getting crafty over here.
  8. This is hilarious.
  9. Good advice.
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Truffle Mushroom Lasagna

It’s here!  It’s here!

Yep, One Pan & Done is out in the world today, and I feel like shouting it from the mountaintops, and maybe also hiding under a rock (or, perhaps more comfortably, just the bed covers) until the nerves pass.  But maybe I’ll just take a deep breath and eat some truffle mushroom lasagna?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, let’s do that.

Writing this cookbook was a whirlwind affair — I found out I was pregnant a few weeks after I began work on it, and the ensuing nausea and food aversions (to anything besides cereal and cheese, basically) made recipe testing… interesting.  But, more than ever, I craved simplicity and ease in the kitchen, so once I started enjoying food again the (one pot! one pan! streamlined!) recipes made their way to the page faster than I thought they might.

I have to pinch myself these days when I stop to think about the fact that, not only do I have an actual baby (who is about to turn one next month!?! what is happening?!?), I have another book baby out in the wild.  Maybe even in your hands!  Maybe you’re already cooking from it!?  Sigh… they grow up so fast, don’t they?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel so lucky to get to do this kind of work, and though it often (on publication day perhaps more so than on other days) feels scary and surreal, I don’t take a second of it for granted.  Thanks to you for coming along for the ride.

Can we eat lasagna now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photos by the wonderful Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle Et Vanille.)

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Gingery Pork Meatballs

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Your meatballs!  As promised.  I”ll cut right to the chase here: these are good.  You’re going to want to make them right away.

These little lovelies are meaty but light, flecked through with bits of fresh cilantro and ginger, full of brightness and zip, respectively.  And some spice, too, because I know you like to keep things interesting.  Maybe you’ll make these for your Super Bowl (slash Puppy Bowl, who are we kidding) party?  They’re great on their own, but I’ve also been throwing them into a simple broccoli, green curry coconut soup (recipe coming soon), where they feel like a hearty and healthy meal.

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Perhaps notably, these are the kind of straightforward meatballs that skip any fillers like breadcrumbs or cheese, so they’re gluten- and dairy-free, which normally wouldn’t be my thing but which recently was kind of my thing, on account of the fact I was trying out that Whole 30 situation that’s going around.  I’ll just say that it was nice while it lasted (a Whole 13 days, oops) but we’ve since parted ways and I’m okay with it.  I’ll still be eating these meatballs.

(Also, these are a ONE PAN deal! In honor of easy deliciousness but also in honor of my new book, which comes out on Tuesday.  NO BIG DEAL HOLY CRAP.  Have you ordered your copy yet?  Please?)

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I Think Thursday 2.2.17

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The news keeps getting worse and worse, and I’ve yet to give you any recipes this year.  But soon!  Because I think sharing a meal together might do us all some good about now.  Tomorrow is for meatballs.

But today, some links!

  1. Curried Coconut Chicken Soup is all I want to eat right now.
  2. Seattle peeps, come to my book launch party? It’s on Tuesday!!
  3. This is fascinating to watch.  Could you do it?
  4. Some fun ways to decorate large, blank walls.
  5. There’s a new And Eat It Too up today!  (Finally.)
  6. Hmm.  Do you have one of these?  Color me intrigued.
  7. Hah.
  8. Just wanted to remind you that this movie exists and is great.  (Happy Groundhog Day!)

 

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I Think Thursday 1.12.17

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Twenty-seventeen!  We are here.  Wasn’t this supposed to be the future?  Because it’s apparently the present.  I am old, basically.  So… happy new year!

And I promise to come at you with more recipes soon!  I know I’ve been away for too long, but spending my time cozying up and enjoying the holidays with my little one has been sooo delicious.  Thanks for sticking with me.

How about some links, mm?

  1. Let’s bring back this Citrus Beet Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing maybe.
  2. Ooooh do I want to go here.
  3. Oddly addicting to watch.
  4. Preach, Jacques (and David). 🙌🏼
  5. SOB 😭.
  6. Relatedly, this made me smile.
  7. Get it, girl.
  8. Interesting!
  9. LADIES.  So inspiring.
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I Think Thursday 12.22.16

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Three days til Christmas!  Four days til Hannukah!  This train’s moving fast.  I feel bad that I didn’t get you anything except these links:

  1. Eggnog Marshmallows are a thing!  Try one in your coffee.  😍
  2. I’m late to this party (always), but have you seen this? 💅🏼
  3. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, throwing it down!  (Pie rumors.)
  4. Chocolate sales are up?  Guilty.
  5. How to get the smell of frying out of your kitchen. #HannukahProblems
  6. This is fun.
  7. Adding to my “to make” list…
  8. Heh.
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