Recipes and Resources

If you’re writing recipes more than occasionally (heck, maybe even if just occasionally), it’s great to build up a collection of resources to have at hand: places to turn when you’re unsure about how to reference a specific ingredient, how to approach organizing the technique steps, how to spell panzanella [...]

2021-07-29T00:30:39+00:00July 29th, 2021|Recipe Wednesday, Recipes|

Recipes and The Basics: Part Two

Okay, I went all in on the very basic-basic starting point of all recipes—at least one ingredient and something to do with it—in this earlier post. Beyond the ingredient list and cooking method, there are three other key things most recipes will have. You could leave readers guessing as to [...]

2021-07-15T19:23:01+00:00July 15th, 2021|Recipe Wednesday, Recipes|

Recipes and Family History

One of the better pivots I witnessed in the past 15-plus months is new podcasts that popped up as a result. I mean, who didn't relish every minute of Home Cooking that Samin Nosrat and Hrishi Hirway dreamed up? Another favorite was Travel Tales that AFAR magazine put together. Rather [...]

2021-07-07T22:25:22+00:00July 7th, 2021|Family and Friends, Recipe Wednesday|

Recipes and Information

Information. Yes. Definitely have some, lots of it in fact. Good information about the ingredients and preparation method is key to getting your point across in a well-written recipe. But how much? What kind? And how exactly to express it? “Know your audience” is a recurring theme with recipe writing, [...]

2021-07-21T15:01:24+00:00June 30th, 2021|Recipe Wednesday, Recipes|

Recipes and The Basics: Part One

Every recipe starts with at least one ingredient and a description of something to do with it (or them). “Cooking” per se isn't a requisite, of course, but some degree of transformation or composition—beyond simply assembling food to eat—generally is. I’d argue, for instance, that a “recipe” for sliced apple [...]

2021-06-24T15:12:05+00:00June 23rd, 2021|Recipe Wednesday|

Recipes and Generosity

** Note: This is the first of weekly Recipe Wednesday posts about the art and craft of writing recipes. Subjects will vary from nuts-and-bolts considerations of recipe style to philosophical thoughts on what recipes accomplish to reflecting on the value recipes have for food brands, and beyond. They will draw [...]

2021-06-23T17:32:59+00:00June 16th, 2021|Recipe Wednesday, Recipes|

Pita Bread with Sourdough Discard

I originally meant to post this last summer, when it seemed that--almost literally--everyone was on the sourdough bread baking kick. I surprised myself being among that horde, having spent most of my life unapologetically not a bread-baker. As if by prescience, though just dumb luck, I'd spend a weekend [...]

2021-06-16T23:17:31+00:00May 11th, 2021|Baking, Cooking at Home, Recipes|

Playing with Pesto

Heading into month twenty bajillion of cooking at home, I’m sure many of us are forging into new areas of creativity, whether by desire or simply forced into it by the realities of our pantry circumstances. If not a bit of both. I’d say the latter’s true for me. I’m [...]

2021-06-16T23:22:21+00:00June 30th, 2020|Cooking at Home, Garden, Recipes|

The Art and Craft of Recipe Writing

It was a simple tossed salad that put me over the edge. Not the salad itself, mind you. But where the salad showed up in the recipe I was skimming in a cookbook whose name I don't even recall. The lettuces and vinaigrette were tossed together in a bowl, as [...]

2021-06-16T23:29:38+00:00June 13th, 2020|Recipes|
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