March 11, 2013

The Forest Feast: Beet, Onion + Eggplant Stack

by Erin Gleeson

This is a fun way to present roasted vegetables and it’s super easy! Just try to find eggplant, beets and onions that are approximately the same size around, so the circles match up when stacked. Use a generous amount  of olive oil when roasting, plus salt and pepper to taste. You may need to take […]

March 5, 2013

MOTOism: Homemade Dried Shiitake

by Moto Yamamoto

Dried mushrooms are fashionable. They are packed with umami, and don’t contain any artificial crap. By drying them, mushrooms are concentrated with nutrients and all the good stuff. Mark Bittman wrote about the greatness of dried mushrooms. Pre-packed dried shiitake are found easily at Asian grocery stores, but majority of them are made in China. […]

February 18, 2013

The Forest Feast: Collards with Capers + Burrata

by Erin Gleeson

I have been getting a lot of collard greens in my CSA lately. I love how easy they are to quickly chop and fry up with a bit of olive oil. But yesterday I fancied them up a little with capers, burrata and truffle salt (which I am obsessed with lately!). The greens get a […]

January 14, 2013

The Forest Feast: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

by Kayoko Akabori

There were some brussels sprouts scattered in my CSA box this week and it inspired me to come home and make an oldie but goodie: roasted brussels sprouts with golden raisins and turkey kielbasa. Swap out the kielbasa for tofu sausage or onions if you’d like a veggie version of this dish. You can just as […]

December 17, 2012

The Forest Feast: Shaved Brussels Slaw

by Erin Gleeson

Raw brussels sprouts have never tasted so good! If you want to make a lot of this, the slice blade on the Cuisinart or mandoline works really well too. This can easily be made ahead and you can really toss in any dressing you like. An easy holiday side dish! All photos and illustration by […]

November 26, 2012

The Forest Feast: Cauliflower Gratin

by Erin Gleeson

Using cauliflower instead of potatoes in a gratin is a little lighter and just as delicious. You can use any cheese you have on hand (gruyere, parmesan, sharp white cheddar, jack, etc). To add some color to the dish, add broccoli romanesco and some yellow cheddar cauliflower. And the nutmeg adds a cozy wintery feeling. […]

November 15, 2012

Japanify: Kale Ohitashi

by Yoko Kumano

Although I have embraced the fact that I have now crossed-over into 30-somethingdom, my diet has not caught up. With age, my body is clearly not as forgiving when I’ve had a few too many glasses of wine. The idea of taking multi-vitamins has been hanging over my head for a while now, with no […]

October 22, 2012

The Forest Feast: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

by Erin Gleeson

Forager, alert! Mushrooms are everywhere right now. I was in Santa Cruz recently and met a forager who showed me all the edible mushrooms he’d found on his walk and gave me tips on how to spot them. Often they are just little bumps under leaves… who knew!? Most of the ones he pointed our […]

October 11, 2012

Japanify: Matsutake Farro

by Yoko Kumano

The other day, Washi and I went to Uniqlo thinking we could just casually stroll in two days after its opening. First reality check: there was a line winding two blocks down the building. So we went to some other shops. Second reality check for Washi: he couldn’t fit comfortably into a size M anymore. […]

September 25, 2012

MOTOism: Farewell to Summer: Corn 2 Ways

by Moto Yamamoto

Summer is over, but I like the beginning of the autumn. I can finally wear layers, and the chill in the morning and evening is comforting. And knitting season starts just about now! Although the food supply has lost seasonality in many ways and we can basically find almost any ingredient, any day of the […]