greens and polenta

Featured Food Blog: Three Clever Sisters

Names: Sara, Karen, and Marie
Name of blog: Three Clever Sisters
Twitter: @3cleversisters
Location: Boston, Portland, and Brooklyn

Describe your culinary style.
As three sisters, we’re a bit of a mix.  We’re all busy so we try to keep, things straightforward and basic, though varied at the same time (I love to experiment!).   Although Karen is the only vegetarian, all three of us do try to cook healthy, generally from-scratch meals, sometimes with a bit of an international twist.  You’ll find plenty of whole grains and kale alongside the occasional stew and pate.  And we’re not virtuous all the time.  Our dad may be a retired dentist, but that’s done nothing to dampen our sweet tooth:  there’s a lot of baking on our blog as well (though we try to put healthier twists on our sugar ingestion).

What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Personally, I’m influenced a lot by the time I spent living in Europe in my 20s, so both Mediterreanean herbs and more northern European flavors get lot of play in my posts. Mark Bittman is my go-to for basic recipes, but I can’t imagine being without Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classical Italian Cuisine or Claudia Roden’s Middle Eastern Cookbook. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty is a great source for vegetarian inspiration, while I could page through Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking endlessly, indulging in bucolic fantasies. Last but not least of course are other food bloggers. Cookbooks can provide inspiration, but folks on the web provide courage. I can’t imagine I would have attempted as many of the things I have tried without having first seen that some real person, somewhere out there managed it without professional training or a high-end kitchen.

If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be? 
All three of us would fight it out over a lemon meringue tart. At that point, why bother eating healthy? Though–if you can stave off scurvy until the rescue boat comes, why not?

For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
For our baking, you might want to check out our Super Moist Sweet Potato Bread. It’s a great way to use up the stray sweet potato and is fragrant with plenty of warm spices. Or for a satisfying meal-for-one that’s a bit elegant without being fussy, check out our Garlicky Greens with Microwave Polenta. While you’re at it, Marie’s cocktail column can provide some libation inspiration.  

What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure? 
Every so often, a hot dog at a summer barbecue really just hits the spot. 

Define Yummly.
Yummly is a place to connect with the creativity of of other bloggers and people who are passionate about food. And, no less important, it helps you go from rummaging in your fridge to figuring out how turn whatever you might have on hand to a great meal–when you’re hungry, a powerful way to find the right recipe is key!