There are people out there who don’t know what quinoa is.

It is this. (What a truly brilliant website.) It is an ancient seed that the Incas used (possibly). It tastes nutty… and seedy. I usually use it in salad but this week, inspired by a Brown University undergrad I know, I’ve been eating it with shit tons of cheddar cheese. I also massively overcooked it because I decided it would be a great idea to rinse the whole pound first (you’re supposed to rinse it a few times to remove the bitter coating), but then I realized I couldn’t dry it and it would probably go moldy in some horribly fearsome way.

Anyway, so I cooked an entire pound of quinoa in a very small pot, thus burning the bottom to a coal-like mass. The rest of it got mushy. So overall, this quinoa-with-cheese thing is basically just cheesy mush, which I’m OK with.

Behold. (Ugh, I forgot to take an After shot. Well, I melted the cheese, and then I ate it.)

Anyway, here is my favorite salad recipe. (This is quinoa-related.) I think I invented it? Inspiration from Orangette and the Amateur Gourmet. Well, not inspiration from the Amateur Gourmet; I just stole his salad dressing recipe outright. Also, I once tried to fiddle with it by using apple cider vinegar, and it was vile.

Best Salad in the Known Universe:



-ugh how do you make the spaces between the lines smaller?

-scallions (preferably grown in a tacky pink Coney Island cup on your kitchen table)

-feta cheese

-other vegetables: cherry tomatoes, carrots, green peppers (not red peppers, as they are the scourge of the earth)

I think sometimes I also use regular lettuce. Anyway, the main point is the radicchio, feta cheese, and QUINOA. Then put the above-stolen salad dressing on it, and eat it. At work. While shoe-shopping.


Hi! I’m Julie. I like to cook. Sometimes I set off the fire detector and have to use the Swiffer to reach up and shut it off. I started this blog because I was in a post-Thanksgiving food rut, eating salad and cheesy quinoa for dinner. (Mushy and partially burned quinoa. But it mostly just tasted like cheddar cheese.)

I’ve been taking pictures of all the food I made for the past few months in case I ever started a blog. So there might be a lot of posts of old food I made, with very bad pictures. I feel OK about this.

Right now I’m eating butternut squash/scallion risotto from Thanksgiving. My mother and I made it at midnight on Wednesday. I have an extremely lax attitude about leftovers.

Oh, and my background photo is (I think–can’t entirely remember) a bowl of spaghetti with Manic Pasta Sauce. Manic Pasta Sauce is created by making tomato sauce as quickly as humanly possible because you’re so hungry and/or stressed. The key step is being too lazy to drain the fat from the beef, and just adding it to the sauce. IT IS REALLY GOOD.

The end.