Spring Panzanella
food

SPRING PANZANELLA*

Hidden within this perfectly delicious spring panzanella salad is a secret ingredient you should know about: toasted croutons, made of sunflower seed bread. The mind reels at how this could change the concept of salad forever; crunchy and substantial, these croutons have heft to them. They make you feel like you’re taking good care of yourself with every bite.

Roundup and Cancer
flowers

ROUNDUP AND CANCER

If you like a nice green lawn free of pesky weeds, please take a moment to think about how badly you want it. Organic gardeners have warned of the dangers of Roundup weed killer for years because Roundup appears to be a carcinogen – and by ‘appears’ I mean that over nine thousand lawsuits are currently pending against its maker, Monsanto, claiming it causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Ottolenghi Cheesecake
food

OTTOLENGHI CHEESECAKE

This Yotam Ottolenghi cheesecake, from his cookbook Ottolenghi Simple, is going to be our Easter Sunday dessert. He calls it his Sweet and Salty Cheesecake with Cherries, and it’s wonderful not only because it’s delicious but because you can make it in advance and put it together right before serving.

PACT Act
animals

THE PACT ACT

Did you know that in the United States we lack federal laws prohibiting animal cruelty? Hard to believe, right? There are state laws designed to protect animal abuse in some states, but it’s shocking that a country of animal lovers such as ours would not protect the pets that are such an important part of our daily lives.

Americas Table
blog

AMERICA’S TABLE ON HIATUS

I started this blog almost five years ago, with a recipe for my great-grandmother’s fried chicken. It was in a letter she wrote me when I was a teenager, in the spindly handwriting of a very old lady. America’s Table has been an absorbing part of my life, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many different people through our mutual interest in food, flowers, and treating people well. Now it’s time for me to take a break from the […]