Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

Serves 8-10, or 10-12 as a layer cake Wacky Cake, with its host of pseudonyms—Cockeyed Cake, Crazy Cake, Three-Hole Cake, War Cake—is an invention of the 1940s, when war rationing limited the use of butter, eggs and milk. That’s a good thing for today’s...
No-Knead Bread Redux

No-Knead Bread Redux

Makes one 1 ½ pound loaf I decided to become a bread baker during the pandemic. I craved a crusty artisan loaf with a bit of “tooth,” but since the bakery shelves were bare and even sliced white bread was in short supply, I quickly realized if I wanted toast...
Tempeh Crumbles with Indonesian Pan Sauce

Tempeh Crumbles with Indonesian Pan Sauce

Serves 3 The beauty of these crumbles is their irregular shape, which char and crisp in the hot oil for a more rustic appearance and texture than their more refined sliced or cubed cousins. Use them to top a salad, stirfry, or sweet potato, or in their namesake dish,...
Crispy Sweet & Spicy Tofu (or tempeh)

Crispy Sweet & Spicy Tofu (or tempeh)

Serves 2-3 Cooking in the age of Corona can be challenging, even maddening, but also strangely satisfying and creative by turns. Especially at a time when many people have not left their houses in over a month and are outsourcing their grocery list to a heroic...
Sweet-and-Sauer Kraut with Tomatoes

Sweet-and-Sauer Kraut with Tomatoes

I’m not sure why I reserve this delectable side dish for just one day a year—it’s easy enough to make any time and good enough to grace any menu, especially during the cold months when canned and preserved foods play an outsized role. Flecked with cooked-down, diced...