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Meantime

Meantime

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:38 PM , have 0 comments
Okay, well, it appears that I was a little optimistic when I said, “I’ll see you next week.” Lo and behold, next week is officially here, b...
The best thing since Brussels sprouts

The best thing since Brussels sprouts

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 7:51 PM , have 0 comments
Friends, grab a stash of cookies and pull up a chair, because we have to talk.I’m a little funny about heavy cream. This probably makes me a...
Building blocks

Building blocks

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 11:01 AM , have 0 comments
I have long entertained a little fantasy about weekends: namely, that they’re fun and restful. Most of the time, in reality, I fill them wit...
Menu for Hope

Menu for Hope

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:23 PM , have 0 comments
Dear readers:I know that you have come here today expecting some cookie talk, but I hope you won’t mind if I mix things up a little, just fo...
Hop to it

Hop to it

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 7:39 PM , have 0 comments
The sun set at 4:18 this afternoon. That means that the street lamps outside my office window shuddered ominously to life at ten minutes aft...
To my heart's content

To my heart's content

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:14 PM , have 0 comments
Whew. You know that saying about the month of March? That it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? Well, I think November is the ex...
Combine-and-boil

Combine-and-boil

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:19 PM , have 0 comments
Now, I know I’m really pushing the limits here, with less than 72 hours until the big day, but I just can’t let another year sneak by withou...
A scoop alongside

A scoop alongside

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 5:37 PM , have 0 comments
I’ve never been much for Thanksgiving desserts. This admission may be sufficient cause, I know, for calling Homeland Security, but I’m not a...
The case of a certain squash purée

The case of a certain squash purée

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 6:08 PM , have 0 comments
Sometimes, I must admit, I fall down on the job. Take, for example, the case of a certain squash purée. I first made it three whole years ag...
Special occasions, special measures

Special occasions, special measures

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:52 PM , have 0 comments
Never mind that I was awake into the wee hours last night, having coughing fits and nearly choking to death on a Ricola lozenge: as of this ...
A popover worth the wait

A popover worth the wait

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:22 AM , have 0 comments
So, have you ever had one of those days when you do or learn or eat something so fantastic that you can’t wait to tell the whole world, and ...
A tokaji for your tarte Tatin

A tokaji for your tarte Tatin

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:00 AM , have 0 comments
It doesn’t take much to make me bake something. A ripe banana crosses my path? I’ll bake a banana cake. A hunk of chocolate lands in my groc...
The smaller, the sweeter

The smaller, the sweeter

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:22 PM , have 0 comments
Once upon a time – not so long ago, but it sure feels like it – I lived in a little studio apartment in Paris.* It had a front door that clo...
Special game, fennel salad

Special game, fennel salad

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:56 PM , have 0 comments
Every now and then, Brandon and I like to play a special game. It has no real name, but if I were to give it one, it might be called the “Yo...
Big, bad, banana

Big, bad, banana

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:52 PM , have 0 comments
I was not an easy child. I was afraid of thunderstorms, and of the vacuum cleaner. My head was so big that I would wind up in tears when my ...
On stewing, and soup

On stewing, and soup

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 6:52 PM , have 0 comments
I haven’t been cooking much lately, and it’s got me feeling sort of sad. That Brandon, I tell you, has some kind of nerve. He’s been doing t...
Out with the old, in with the white

Out with the old, in with the white

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 1:14 PM , have 0 comments
It’s about time, I think. We all need a spiff-up every now and then, and my little Orangette, love her though I do, is no exception. I hope ...
Late September, sung in the key of salad

Late September, sung in the key of salad

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 5:55 PM , have 0 comments
Okay, so, remember what I wrote about summer? All my gushing and carrying on, with a scoop of sorbet on top? Well, scratch that. I've ch...
OOOOO - klahoma!

OOOOO - klahoma!

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:23 PM , have 0 comments
I had been needing a change of scenery, and this weekend, boy, did I ever get one.I also got a steak and a soufflé; an engagement party with...
Sheer luxuries, with chevre

Sheer luxuries, with chevre

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 11:38 PM , have 0 comments
I love to cook. But if there’s one thing that I like even more, it’s having someone else cook for me. Playing hostess is very nice, but it h...
9 am Sunday: baked eggs and bacon

9 am Sunday: baked eggs and bacon

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 5:15 PM , have 0 comments
The call came last Thursday.“Molly.” Rebecca said sternly. “Sunday morning. Jimmy’s.” I wasn’t sure if this was a command or a question. “He...
A melon made sippable

A melon made sippable

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:18 PM , have 0 comments
For someone who expends a lot of energy on her meals, I’m a tad lazy when it comes to their attendant beverages. I mean, I like a good glass...
List-maker, tart-baker

List-maker, tart-baker

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:46 PM , have 0 comments
I am a list-maker. In fact, if I were deemed eligible for some sort of “World Champion” title, it would most likely be for my skill at makin...
A reconciliation, with sorbet

A reconciliation, with sorbet

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:07 PM , have 0 comments
As a kid, I was no fan of summer. I grew up in Oklahoma, where the season is “hotter than h-e-l-l,” as my grandmother likes to say. For me, ...
On cold soup

On cold soup

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:50 PM , have 0 comments
When it comes to cold soups, I’m of two minds. Part of me says that cold soup is as close as it gets to perfect summer fare. I mean, it’s on...
Orangette turns two

Orangette turns two

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:53 PM , have 0 comments
Hooooo boy. I just don’t know where the time goes. You wake up one morning, start a blog, and all of a sudden, two years have gone by. It ma...
A proper pickle

A proper pickle

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:12 PM , have 0 comments
To some people, a pickle is a pickle is a pickle. I was one of those people until a few months ago. The pickle was the silent partner on a s...
Pasta, no pomodoro

Pasta, no pomodoro

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:01 PM , have 0 comments
At the risk of sounding as though we’re carb-loading over here—which, actually, now that I’ve typed that, sounds like a pretty tasty thing t...
Dinner, with a garden and lilies

Dinner, with a garden and lilies

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:27 PM , have 0 comments
I feel like such a big girl. Yesterday we did a Very Adult Thing: we went to a nursery and bought plants—herbs, at that!—for our patio. It w...
The leftovers business

The leftovers business

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:55 PM , have 0 comments
Today I want to talk about something that I hold very dear, and for once, I don’t mean Brandon. I want to talk about something made of flour...
Salad days

Salad days

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:58 AM , have 0 comments
Some days, you just want a salad. And sometimes, those some days are every day, especially when they fall near the end of June, and when the...
To Brandon, with nutmeg

To Brandon, with nutmeg

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 1:44 PM , have 0 comments
There is only one thing that I need to say to convey the state of myself and my kitchen, and that is this: Brandon is boarding a plane to Se...
The fourth color in the rainbow

The fourth color in the rainbow

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:48 PM , have 0 comments
The most depressing meal of my life was white and yellow. That’s all I remember. As someone who spends her free waking hours trying to captu...
I do, deviled eggs

I do, deviled eggs

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:50 PM , have 0 comments
I’ve been mum lately, I know, on the whole marriage thing. I stirred up a ruckus, and then I went silent. But you should know that I haven’t...
Second time's a cupcake

Second time's a cupcake

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:29 PM , have 0 comments
If there’s one flavor that I hate, it’s the aftertaste of failure. Call me a perfectionist or a spoiled little snot: either is an apt descri...
Lima beans, long overdue

Lima beans, long overdue

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 5:14 PM , have 0 comments
I know, I know. I keep you waiting for a whole week, and then I arrive with nothing to show for myself but a bowl of lima beans and a mouthf...
How I feel about brunch

How I feel about brunch

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 7:54 PM , have 0 comments
I’m not sure how to feel about brunch. In my book, it’s really sort of a tease. It’s the meal that I most salivate for, a holy union of swee...
In praise of poaching

In praise of poaching

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:54 PM , have 0 comments
Alright, people. I know what you’re thinking. Man, Molly’s sure been sucking down the butter these days. How about those fritters? Did Orang...
Celebrity cake

Celebrity cake

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:48 PM , have 0 comments
Try as I might to steel myself, I am a total sucker for celebrity gossip. It started early, with those candylike copies of People that my mo...
Fritters, with fair warning

Fritters, with fair warning

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:29 PM , have 0 comments
Some recipes should come with warning labels. Take, for example, my great-grandfather’s egg nog, which should come with a built-in breathaly...
Sex, lies, and lentil soup

Sex, lies, and lentil soup

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 4:44 PM , have 0 comments
My name may not be Dr. Ruth, Ann Landers, or Dr. Phil, but where love and marriage are concerned, I do have this advice: sometimes self-dece...
Spring, sliced and straight from the bowl

Spring, sliced and straight from the bowl

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:35 PM , have 0 comments
I try to keep things exciting for you. Really, I do. So far, in the lifespan of a single food blog, I’ve baked savory flans à la Dr. Seuss a...
A man, a plan, a lot of gratitude

A man, a plan, a lot of gratitude

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 11:43 AM , have 0 comments
You, dear readers, have outdone yourselves. Brandon and I are awestruck, humbled, and deeply touched by this rush of cheers and soggy Kleene...
A man, a plan, a food blog

A man, a plan, a food blog

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:29 PM , have 0 comments
I am not a magician. I have no magic wand, no card stashed up my sleeve, no giant quarter to pull from your ear. But last June, when I offer...
When the cabinet calls

When the cabinet calls

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 6:23 PM , have 0 comments
I have a problem, and it’s sitting in my kitchen cabinet. It crouches in the corner like a jack-in-the-box. It’s packed like gunpowder ready...
A parlor trick, poached

A parlor trick, poached

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:31 PM , have 0 comments
Like any good magician, favorite uncle, or birthday-party clown, every cook has a trademark parlor trick: a sleight-of-hand something, a sec...
A four-letter word

A four-letter word

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:26 PM , have 0 comments
Flan.There, I said it: four little letters, a word that once furrowed my brow and spelled a long, sharp shiver down my spine. Most kids love...
Best final resting place for a walnut

Best final resting place for a walnut

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 12:10 AM , have 0 comments
I am a creature of habit. Each morning finds me hunched over the same homely but delicious breakfast; each noontime finds me eating a variat...
Winter, spring, pie

Winter, spring, pie

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 6:50 PM , have 0 comments
Early March: it’s an in-between time, not really winter and not quite spring. The leaves are still gone, but the birds are trickling back. P...
A public display of chickpeas

A public display of chickpeas

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 4:01 PM , have 0 comments
Under normal circumstances, I try to play it cool. Sure, there’s this guy named Brandon, and I think he’s pretty dreamy and stuff, but most ...
On the air!

On the air!

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 2:27 PM , have 0 comments
Dry mouth. Clammy hands. Profuse sweating. This unholy trinity of symptoms can mean only one thing: I was on live radio!Yesterday afternoon ...
Lost and found

Lost and found

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 11:16 PM , have 0 comments
Sometimes the best hidden treasures are the ones that I hide from myself. While it might be fun, in theory, to stumble upon a pot of gold at...
A stewy stepping-stone

A stewy stepping-stone

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:14 PM , have 0 comments
By the standards of only a few decades ago, I am woefully unfit for marriage. I do not know how to cook a pot roast, or a pork roast, crown ...
When fate sent me shopping

When fate sent me shopping

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 9:28 PM , have 0 comments
Like any half-hearted confession, mine begins with a defense: I am not a shopper. I love pointy shoes, of course, and pencil skirts, shrugs,...
Sweet, sour, strip mall

Sweet, sour, strip mall

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 8:52 PM , have 0 comments
Like many things of unassuming appearance and surprising worth, I first found tamarind in a strip mall.I was nineteen, a newly minted colleg...
When disappointment comes to dinner

When disappointment comes to dinner

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 11:10 PM , have 0 comments
With the possible exceptions of war, loss, loneliness, homelessness, natural disasters, incurable diseases, hunger, heartbreak, income taxes...
Wow.

Wow.

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 6:34 PM , have 0 comments
Well, wow.I hope you’ll agree that eloquence is overrated, or at times like these, anyway. Wow.So, all that business about blushing? That, ...
How to endive

How to endive

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 3:53 PM , have 0 comments
Formal education is useful, I guess, and so is a good upbringing, but all I really need to know I learned in France. Let others write odes t...
Let me eat cake

Let me eat cake

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 1:13 PM , have 0 comments
When it comes to Seattle’s infamously rainy weather, I’m usually pretty nonchalant. Sure, it may be gray for roughly eight months of the yea...
Tender is the cabbage

Tender is the cabbage

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 7:10 PM , have 0 comments
I love the holidays as much as the next guy, but truth be told, I also love that they only come once a year. So much flitting around, feasti...
Orangette is a finalist in the 2005 Food Blog Awards!

Orangette is a finalist in the 2005 Food Blog Awards!

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:42 AM , have 0 comments
If we've met, you've probably seen for yourself: I blush easily; I blush often; and when I blush, I blush hard. Rosy cheeks, rosacea...
New Year, New York

New Year, New York

by OTHMAN OMER OTHMAN ALAMODI , at 10:29 PM , have 0 comments
Slowly but surely, I am, it seems, taking up residence at 30,000 feet. Though I’m no jetsetter, income-wise or otherwise, my 2005—or the las...
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