It is nice as an adult to be able to pull a cocktail recipe or two out of your back pocket when you want to drink something at home slightly fancier than Leftover Can of Beer in Fridge. I've been trying to learn a couple of standard recipes that involve just a few ingredients (so much freshly squeezed lime juice; why do so many drinks involve freshly squeezed lime juice?).
Is it weird that I kind of love summer in Florida? Along with the 100-degree temps, there are sparkly beach days, insanely gorgeous sunsets and summer fruits. Stone fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries) bring actual visceral joy to my life this time of year. This recipe for Cherry Salsa is a direct result of those summery vibes, and it's so good. Serve it with everything from a grilled steak to baked chicken to a platter of crunchy tortilla chips. Happy June, y'all.
This week I'm writing about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet.
If you’re like, “Huh?” you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating plan in which the goal is to get your body into a state of ketosis, when it begins to burn fat because it doesn’t have carbohydrates to burn.
It can be tricky to stick to the diet properly. But if, like my husband, you do, the results can be dramatic: He has lost 30 pounds since he began and feels great.
For the past three months, my husband Phil has been on the ketogenic diet. It's a low-carb, high-fat diet that is heavy on the meats and cheese and nuts and low on fruit and all manner of my sweet baby starchy carbs.
I am not quite ready to embrace Phil's very low carb ways, but I have been using his keto habit as an excuse to eat less carbs at home. This is an example of a meal I've cooked in our house during these keto times. And you know what? It's pretty dang good.
He can eat everything here except for the sauce, which has too much sugar because of the peaches and preserves. And I get the benefit of a low-carb meal during bathing suit season. Everybody wins!
Eggs are an underutilized dinner ingredient. Aside from fried rice and a breakfast-for-dinner situation, I rarely use eggs in my cooking past the hour of 4 p.m. It makes no sense. Eggs are a great source of protein, able to be cooked in myriad ways, and can tie lots of dishes together.
In shakshuka, a homey dish popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, eggs are actually the star. Well, eggs and the tomato-y sauce in which they are poached. It’s a dish that is magical in its simplicity, warm and comforting straight from the oven, and able to serve as the base for a flurry of fresh toppings.