Posted at 9:24 PM , on April 6, 2020
It doesn’t get much better than these spicy, fragrant scrambled eggs served alongside fresh, warm flatbread. My favorite recipes are the ones that take a few humble, familiar ingredients and combine them in a way that makes them new and exotic – which is exactly what this recipe does. Inspired by a very traditional, very delicious Afghan dish that was served to me when I was visiting my father in Afghanistan many years ago, Afghan Scrambled Eggs with Afghan Naan is a dish I have never forgotten and I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Continue reading
Posted at 4:45 AM , on March 28, 2020
This recipe for Pasta Carbonara is one of the first things my dad taught me how to cook. Now, it’s a recipe I make for my kids often and they love it just as much as I did (and still do). Although it comes from my dad, I have fiddled with the recipe just a bit and as a result, I have allowed people to successfully make a recipe they had previously written off after having disastrous results. Since my original post, I have heard from several family members and friends that they made my version of carbonara, and were thrilled with the results. I love stuff like that!! Helping people enjoy the cooking and eating process is one of my favorite feelings. Come see what makes my recipe such a success.
Posted at 9:52 AM , on March 22, 2020
These Oven Roasted Beef Short Ribs prove that not all beef short ribs need to be braised into submission or swimming in liquid to be incredibly tender and flavorful. Super tender, intensely beefy, glazed with a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired sauce and topped with a fresh, tangy slaw — this is absolutely my favorite way to cook short ribs and I have a feeling you might feel the same way after you try this recipe. Continue reading
Posted at 6:35 AM , on February 19, 2020
These Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Mexican Red Sauce are the real deal. When I go to a Mexican restaurant, I sometimes flirt with the idea of trying something different as I peruse the menu, but I know my eyes will eventually land on the enchilada section and that’s it. I’m done. Everything about them makes me swoon: their smell, the softness of their corn tortillas, their flavorful beef filling, their signature red sauce and their blanket of lots and lots of melted cheese. I love all the little side items too: the beans, rice, finely shredded lettuce, and sour cream. Can you tell it’s one of my favorite meals? Here’s how I make my homemade beef enchiladas. Continue reading
Posted at 2:19 PM , on January 26, 2020
I love Asian flavors. If you’ve been following along here, I’m sure you’re aware that my father was my biggest culinary influence, but what you might not know is that he cooked a lot of Asian food when I was a kid. I remember a well-thumbed cookbook he had with a blue cover that was full of stir fry recipes and other Asian delicacies. It’s interesting, but Asian flavors are really comfort food to me. These Southeast Asian Chicken Wings are a recipe I make to satisfy my cravings and give myself comfort. They hit all the right notes: sweet, salty, savory, spicy and they are just so fun and so easy to prepare and eat!
Posted at 12:48 PM , on October 23, 2019
This Hearty Beef and Barley Soup is the perfect meal for the cooler, and soon-to-be colder months. It is a full meal in a bowl, with hearty chunks of tender beef, plenty of veggies, and wholesome pearled barley. It is rich and flavorful and just what we all want on a chilly evening. My favorite kind of food for my favorite time of year. Serve it with some warm, crusty bread and good, salted butter, a glass of red wine or a rich, dark beer and you’ve got yourself the perfect, coziest dinner. Continue reading
Posted at 4:34 PM , on March 22, 2015
I am quickly reminded when I say things like, “I learned how to make this soup from a Moldovan woman while I was staying with my dad in Afghanistan,” what an interesting life I’ve had—privileged, not in a monetary sense, but full of diversity, culture, and once in a lifetime experiences. My goal is to write more about those experiences, starting with this recipe for Moldovan Borscht, a hearty, yet light, broth-based Chicken and Vegetable Soup. Continue reading
Posted at 10:45 AM , on March 3, 2015
I feel like I have to preface this recipe. I am not a vegetarian. I do not strictly follow a paleo or low carb diet. I eat what I feel like eating and cook what I want (you’re not the boss of me!). I am not trying to convert you to a new fad diet. I just happened to make a really amazing stir fry that falls into a bunch of trending diet categories. This Paleo Portobello Mushroom Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice will surprise you! Continue reading
Posted at 12:15 PM , on February 17, 2015
I get a lot of slow cooker recipe requests, so here is a new one to add to the list!
I had a hard time calling this just “white” chicken chili, because I used my favorite “verde” (green) enchilada sauce ingredients. The “white” in white chicken chili, to me, simply denotes the fact that there are no tomatoes or red chiles, and obviously chicken is whiter than beef. But I use thighs in this which are dark meat. Anyway, technicalities aside, this is so delicious and easy! Continue reading
Posted at 10:00 AM , on January 27, 2015
I cannot claim that this is Pho or Ramen (real Ramen, not the flavor packet kind we are all familiar with). The defining characteristic of both of those noodle soups is the time and tradition that goes into their broths, it would be an oxymoron to call anything “Quick Pho,” so the food traditionalist in me simply cannot call it that! However, the flavors I’ve added to this broth are my favorite Pho flavors and I made this to satisfy a noodle craving, and it worked. So, call it whatever you want, but I promise you’ll call it delicious. Continue reading