Cheese Soup

One box of fart bombs, please, I said, smiling at the toyshop owner. I put the small, red box emblazoned with caution tape – “MEGA STINKY! GAS MASK REQUIRED!” –  on the counter. The shopkeeper grinned back. It had been his idea, after all. And that’s it for my weak defense. I’m the one who…

Breakfast Casserole

My breakfast casserole is delicious but not photogenic. So the photos here are of the roses that decorated my brunch table on Sunday, not the entrée. But, if you’ll permit a little indulgent metaphor, the real flowers in the bouquet were the faces around the table. This was a gathering of old friends, too-long absent…

Cheese-Stuffed Pasta Shells

This dish is proof that if a parent who enjoys cooking good food waits long enough, her picky-eating kids turn into humans. They also turn into tax-paying grown women who color their hair, gripe about gas prices, live for good bike weather, and prefer Midori Sours to red wine. Sometimes they get proverbs tattooed on…

Pancetta Mashed Potatoes

This is my friend J. He’s out of his comfort zone here, wearing an apron in a cooking class and brandishing a ricer. The kitchen is not his natural habitat, and yet here he’s making a dish of creamy potatoes flavored with mascarpone cheese and butter that will be the best-tasting thing produced from a…