Cook Something

Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered us the most important service in civic life.
~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Ready for Dinner

Ready for Dinner

For a generation or more, cooking was considered drudgery, old-school, and totally un-hip.

If you admitted you enjoyed cooking from scratch, you were branded as some kind of food geek.

Why should we go to all the trouble when we were blessed with microwavable meals, and any number of fast food drive-thru restaurants, and grocery store shelves lined with packaged foodstuffs?

One reason is we’ve discovered all manner of vile substance masquerading as food wrapped in convenience. After awhile, people decided enough was enough and started to take back their food and their kitchens.

Today,  those of us who cook again proudly assume the moniker food geek, as we derive satisfaction, and dare I say a thrill, from preparing meals from scratch for family and friends.

In this section, we’ll offer recipes and cooking tips to help you earn your place at the table with the rest of us food geeks.  That’s right–we’re the cool kids now.

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Tomato Gazpacho from Epicerie Cafe & Grocery

July 16, 2015

Slow food can also be quick to prepare, such as this Tomato Gazpacho recipe from Chef Sarah McIntosh of Epicerie Cafe & Grocery in Austin, Texas. Food from Epicerie Cafe & Grocery will be featured during the Grub Crawl at the Slow Food Austin Grub Trivia event, July 21, 2013.

Chilled Beet Salad with Urban Roots Ranch Dressing

July 9, 2015

Very few people are on the fence when it comes to beets: they either love them or hate them. People who hate them often claim the root tastes like dirt, whereas those who love them say they have a sweet, earthy quality.

Recipe: Pico de Gallo

July 3, 2015

Cindy Haenel, a chef instructor at Central Market Cooking School in Austin, Texas teaches the school's Knife Skills 101 course. She says her recipe for Pico De Gallo will give you plenty of practice using this most important kitchen tool.

10 Minute Chickpea Salad Recipe

June 26, 2015

Shawna Coronado says she enjoys good, healthy food, but with her busy schedule, doesn't always have time for involved recipes. Necessity is the mother of delicious invention, as evidenced by her speedy, tasty and healthy chickpea salad recipe

Knafeh: A Sweet Relief

June 19, 2015

If you want something delicious and decadent and different -- Knafeh fits the bill.

Recipe: Kale Salad With Pecorino And Walnuts

June 12, 2015

When I visited Dr. Deb Tolman at her homestead/learning lab earlier this year, she prepared lunch for me, which included this kale salad (kale from her garden). She told me even kale haters love this salad, and aftrer tasting it, I am inclined to agree.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

June 5, 2015

Making jelly is usually one of the first items people new to food preservation undertake. But once you have a pantry full of jellies and jams -- then what? If you're Daniel Gasteiger, author of Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too -- you make cookies.

Tarte Tatin

May 28, 2015

This famous upside-down apple tart starts with caramelized apples, studded with almonds and bits of chewy apricots, and topped with a flaky, buttery crust. Inverted, this dessert makes an impressive—and mouthwatering—presentation.

Recipe: The Original Deviled Egg (from One Big Table)

May 21, 2015

Deviled eggs made without mayonnaise, such as these from Molly O'Neill's cookbook One Big Table, will be a welcome addition to your summer picnics.

Recipes From the Garden

May 14, 2015

Good food always starts from the ground up -- and then goes into recipes that taste delicious. Like these.