Obviously my extremely belated first instagram would be of something I ate. (Taken with instagram)
EDIT: This is from the cookbook. It’s white beans and escarole cooked with honey, cinnamon and cayenne. It’s vegan and pretty delish.
Homemade Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Dog Biscuits
We’ve started teaching the dogs to stay out of the kitchen when we’re cooking, mainly for their safety - they get under our feet and we trip over them and there’s cursing and sometimes knives are involved and it’s just a bad situation.
But it was impossible to keep Humphrey and Frank out of the kitchen while I was making these dog cookies. Somehow, the second they smelled the peanut butter (which was, like, right away) they knew I was cooking for them.
These dog biscuits are ridiculously easy to make - seriously, it takes about 10 minutes to throw the dough together, knead it, and pinch off little ‘truffles’. And the dogs LOVE them. Some may wonder why one would go to the trouble of baking for dogs when most dogs will eat just about anything. It’s the same reason why you’d bake your own cookies over a package of Chips Ahoy!: cheap dog biscuits, like cheap human cookies, are full of lab-created polysyllabic fillers and gourmet biscuits can be ridiculously expensive and just as unhealthy. When you cook for yourself - or your pets, for that matter - you know exactly what’s going into the food. In this case, it’s just peanut butter, low-fat milk (homemade beef or chicken stock or even just plain water would work just as well), whole wheat flour, and oats. No additives, no preservatives, and no chicken by-product, which I won’t describe here because it will ruin your lunch.
Anyway, DOG BISCUITS!
For relaxing times, make it risotto time.
I can’t tell you what’s in this quiche - you’ll have to wait for the book, sorry - but that right there is a buckwheat crust and it is effin’ delicious.
Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs
For me, the perfumey earthiness of lamb was meant for winter and winter alone. It’s the kind of meat you want to cozy up to, and lamb dishes are generally oversized-sweater-and-cushy-slippers food. These meatballs are no exception, and making them is a great way to spend a cold, wintry Sunday afternoon.
But who makes a giant pan of meatballs just for themselves? These would be such a perfect dish for a New Year’s Eve party, especially one where you maybe want people to fawn all over you (yes) and reaffirm how amazing you are (true) and introduce you to their cute, single friends (obviously).
Just pour the meatballs and the sauce into a chafing dish or pop your dutch oven onto that old electric heating tray…thing…that your weird aunt gave you a few Christmases ago - this will obviously keep the meatballs warm, but it will also keep them from drying out. Stick a toothpick in each meatball for easy consumption, and bam - New Year’s Eve is yours for the taking.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Did you know Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs are the perfect New Year’s Eve hangover cure? Because they are. Or could be. Anyway, they’re pretty delicious, and you should make some.