A Very Gringo Peanut Sauce

I made this from ingredients I already had in my pantry. It’s reminiscent of a Thai peanut curry, or a Malaysian satay, but less nuanced. It is, however, very delicious and the only step is “put everything in a blender”. To turn it into dinner, make rice or noodles, saute or roast some veggies, toss in sauce, and top with herbs. And that’s all she wrote.

Or just dip your celery sticks in some!

For excellent Asian recipes created by women of color, I love the sites Rasa Malaysia, Hot Thai Kitchen, and Maangchi.

My lunch in the photo is the peanut sauce mixed with black rice noodles, sauteed red onion, katuk and thai basil from the garden.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice (or lemon or yuzu)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar ( or other light vinegar)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 inches peeled ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot pepper 
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt


  • Blend ingredients together until smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
Kitchen Basics

Really Good Granola

This is Really Good Granola. For real. We couldn’t make enough of it at Ground Floor Farm. Here at the residency, artists hoard it like…something that people hoard? The recipe is adapted from the 11 Madison Park cookbook, which is mostly too fancy to be practical. But this is a cinch and makes the dreamiest breakfast with some homemade yogurt and honey.

Makes: 6


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups nuts (I like pistachios and almonds)
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup mixture of flax, hemp, and chia seeds
  • 1½ cups unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon cardamom
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½cup honey


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix together oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, cardamom, and salt.
  • Combine brown sugar, olive oil, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Pour over dry ingredients and mix.
  • Spread mixture into a thin layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden, about 40 minutes. Mix every 15 minutes or so. Remove from oven and add in dried cherries.