Falling in Love with Lemongrass

It’s a typical romance novel contrivance: over the years, two people cultivate a fast friendship. Then something changes. Maybe they take a trip together; perhaps they’re forced to shelter under spreading oak branches during a rainstorm; a new-found love interest creates a problematic threesome. Suddenly, eyes are metaphorically opened. One sees the other, that previously… Continue reading Falling in Love with Lemongrass

Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

On June 21, 2017, I issued a definitive declaration to my husband: “We will never buy granola again.” As you might imagine, that proclamation profoundly impacted breakfasts at the Nyfeler house. What you might not realize is how these six words could have a lasting effect on our family for generations to come. My Kitchen… Continue reading Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

I should’ve been packing for West Texas but there was this small matter of dinner. So I whipped up another batch of the absolute best pasta dish ever, with the idea that I was saving time by also making lunch for the long drive to Davis Mountain Fitness and Training Camp. I’d break up the day… Continue reading Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

No one has ever come to blows at my sister in law’s annual Plant Party but a cactus has been licked. For more than 20 years now, Suzan has hosted an annual gardening get-together. In the spring, she creates a plant-friendly environment at her home for a morning of laughing, swapping, and brunching with friends.… Continue reading Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)

People LOVE to tell me what to do with my vegetables. At the end of every season, when I’ve opened my Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) box and found yet another bunch of fill-in-the-blank-I’m-sick-of-this-vegetable, I turn to Facebook with a plaintive post, like this one: Invariably, my friends come through with a slew of really tasty… Continue reading CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)

A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

Are you a book nerd? Book nerds have multiple copies of the same book because the newer edition is just so cool. They wonder why anyone needs a “read 52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. Reading materials pile up everywhere, and “books” constitute an impressive slice of the budget pie graph. Should contact with an actual… Continue reading A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

What Queso and Hummus Have in Common

My family loves queso. We eagerly sample the cheesy dip at any possible restaurant and rate accordingly. Factors such as color, consistency, spiciness, and additional ingredients are carefully weighed. Discussions ensue, arguments arise, factions result — there’s Mexican, interior Mexican, and Tex-Mex varieties to differentiate. And then there’s the whole aspect of just how that… Continue reading What Queso and Hummus Have in Common

This Summer’s Favorite Recipes

The other day, one of the trail runners in the Tuesday night group posed a question: “What’s your go-to post-run snack, especially if you just want something small?” Evening runs pose problems when it comes to a meal. Most people head straight to the workout from their job. By the time we’re done traipsing around that night’s selection… Continue reading This Summer’s Favorite Recipes