I’m back safe and sound from my holiday hiatus and ready to power through (and share with you) the backlog of festive fare I enjoyed along the way. A hint for the coming weeks: vacation activities included wrestling some gigantic fish from the deep blue sea. But I digress, as today we’ll be talking about the finest and most scrumptious of land animals, the humble pig. Continue reading Chop ‘Til You Drop
In the kitchen, as in life, you sometimes come across something so good, that is so simple, you can’t believe that you haven’t been doing it forever slash didn’t invent it. I had one of those moments when my in laws came to visit and taught me the secret to insanely simple, off-the-charts delicious oven-roasted tomato sauce.
If you haven’t had homemade moussaka, I highly suggest you stop what you’re doing right now, get ye to a grocery store and obtain some ground lamb, eggplant, and crushed tomatoes. The rest of the ingredients, and the process, can be modified to meet most restrictions on time, ambition, and calories.
First, take a look at these two equally delicious recipes and develop a hybrid moussaka that works for you. Ignore the béchamel topping for now – we’ll take that on in a little bit. Continue reading Moussssaka!
Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Fennel, Tomato, and White Beans. Last night’s dinner. The vegetables are a variation on this amazing dish:
Tonight fried chicken, ribs, collards and more from Maryland church dinner sale!
New post coming shortly.
Oh September, how I love thee. You have it all: long weekends, grill weather, football games. But let’s be honest, for all of your greatness, you also bring with you the first signs of arctic chill that grows into the wintry monster we all know and many of us hate. September for me is all about maximizing sun and sand, and savoring the last few days of summer in whatever way possible. But when the cold sets in, food can be an amazing shortcut for reliving that summer bliss. Grilled mango salsa is at the top of my list. Continue reading Goodbye Summer Salsa
At this point you may have noticed that I enjoy Asian noodle dishes. I have a noodle tag, a full forty percent of my posts are about Asian noodles, and so forth. The fact of the matter is that I enjoy noodles of all stripes, and am bent on finding new ways to dress them up in saucy goodness and consume them. I’m not picky – I go for Italian (but I’m far outshined by hubby’s grandma in that department), or the German Spaetzel (pronounced with extra spit), but just as often I opt for one of the endless combinations of noodly love that can be built with a few simple core ingredients: Flat rice noodles, garlic, soy, sesame oil, Sriracha and lime juice. With these in your cabinet, plus a few supplementals, and willingness to experiment, a whole world of pan-Asian goodness opens up to you.
Whether you feel terrified, excited, or utterly ambivalent about moving to a new city, odds are, the prospect of making new friends sounds completely daunting. Thus was my experience upon relocating for my first post-college, real life, grownup job. I was lucky enough to have one awesome girl friend already living in the area, but was otherwise without peeps. Then, through the good graces of bocce (the game) I became friends with April (the person) who let me in on the best tradition ever. Continue reading Stuffed Chicken is for Girls
No funny story or quippy remarks about this one folks. You don’t mess around with grilled corn. You just don’t.
Inspiration: none needed. Grilled corn speaks for itself.
Time commitment: T minus 20 minutes
- 4 ears sweet corn
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Optional herbification: Rosemary, thyme, or tarragon can be nice additions to the last step.
There’s almost nothing I enjoy more than a good burger. But the classic hamburger, with all of it’s juicy, delicious, fat-saturating goodness, is like the wild card boyfriend you had when you were 22. It’s hot and beefy, and generally satisfying, but as time goes on, you and your metabolism start to grow up, and realize it’s time to move on. Greater Orlando regional beer pong champion or not, this one’s no good for you.
So, strung out from red meat withdrawals, you start looking around for something a little healthier, and lo, the turkey burger is right there to comfort you.
You know that feeling you get when you discover a truly magical place? A whole new universe of awesomeness opens up to you and you wonder, “how, HOW, did I get by without knowing this place existed? What else am I completely unaware of? What am I doing with my life? I should really go back to school and become a marine biologist.” It happened to me.