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
Posted at 11:36 PM , on January 16, 2015
Made this tonight. It was perfect. I updated my blog with a new theme and have added printer-friendly recipes! This is an older post, but I’ve updated the photos and added a printable recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Posted at 5:20 PM , on January 10, 2015
This is a recipe I have made countless times since I started my blog. I’m not sure why I’ve never written about it, but I think my reasons are that 1.) It is very personal, and 2.) It is never quite the same each time. I just make it from memory and vary certain ingredients depending on my mood or my pantry/fridge. It is personal because my dad made Shepherd’s Pie a lot when I was a kid, and it’s one of those recipes I make when I’m really missing him (he spends most of his time in far-away lands). It’s reliable, inexpensive, I love making it, the leftovers are the best, and it is a real crowd-pleaser—everyone in my family loves it. To me, Shepherd’s Pie is the essence of comfort food and true comfort cooking. Continue reading
Posted at 11:08 AM , on November 21, 2014
This recipe is so easy, so comforting, and so delicious. It’s a jazzed up version of a recipe I saw in Real Simple a few years ago. The original recipe was pretty bland, so I put my little thumbprint on it and made it mine by adding some exotic, floral, distinctly Spanish saffron (think paella) and a few other things. My kids love this, and it must be served with some toasty bread rubbed with garlic. Continue reading
Posted at 9:16 PM , on May 18, 2014
Earlier, I was enjoying this gorgeous spring day with my windows open, a pot of Bolognese sauce bubbling away on the stove, and chocolate chip cookies cooling on the counter. Can you tell I’ve missed cooking? I mean, I’ve been cooking; my family hasn’t gone hungry, I assure you. But I haven’t been cooking, cooking… Like, the kind of cooking where I wake up in the morning and spend most of my day doodling around in the kitchen, making up delicious dishes like the one I’m about to share with you. Continue reading