My half-Irish soda bread

My go-to St. Patrick’s Day tradition is enjoying a boatload of Guinness while listening to live Irish music at the Black Rose in downtown Boston. No matter how crowded we know it’s going to be or how high the cover charge might be on that day, we always find our way there, clapping along toContinue reading “My half-Irish soda bread”

PSA: IPAs are not for brats

Since receiving this cookbook for Christmas, I’ve had my eye on a beer-poached brats recipe from Donny Enriquez’s Not Your Mother’s Cookbook. I make Italian sausage and peppers all the time, but I had never tried simmering sausages in beer before. The photo in the cookbook promised jammy peppers and onions and a quick searContinue reading “PSA: IPAs are not for brats”

Granola that doesn’t suck!

Any time I’ve ever eaten a granola bar that I liked, it was filled with artificial sweeteners and chocolate, which kind of defeats the purpose of eating granola. But then again every recipe for healthy granola I’ve ever seen is centered around cranberries, raisins, dates, or other dried fruits, all of which are a hardContinue reading “Granola that doesn’t suck!”

Børk de floogen: Swedish meatballs

As a kid (and still as an adult), my mom and I would take the occasional trip to northern New Jersey to spend the day at our local IKEA. I loved opening and closing all the kitchen drawers (no slam!) and checking out all the kid bedroom setups. We’d usually leave with a giant cartContinue reading “Børk de floogen: Swedish meatballs”

My anticlimactic experience with green tea

Some of you may remember my first experience drinking tea. It was a roaring success that has sparked many an afternoon tea since. But as much as I have come to love a warm cup of tea, in the last six years, I’ve still only had breakfast and chai. Most of my hesitance for tryingContinue reading “My anticlimactic experience with green tea”

My epic tahdig failure (and chicken success)

After watching Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix a couple years ago, besides being infatuated with how she spoke about food, I was envious of her and her mom’s mouth-watering tahdig (a new term for me at the time). Given how technical it seemed (especially for a side dish), I resigned myself toContinue reading “My epic tahdig failure (and chicken success)”

Polenta: When potatoes and rice are so passé

As a picky eater, I love a good side of roasted potatoes, brown rice, or crusty bread. But COVID-19 has meant that I’ve been cooking more meals than usual, and I’m tired of the same sides over and over again! In search of a new accompaniment for steak bites and roasted red peppers, I decidedContinue reading “Polenta: When potatoes and rice are so passé”

Spicing things up with Calabrian chiles

Back before the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel came to an abrupt halt (RIP BA Test Kitchen videos), I used to spend an unhealthy amount of time watching fan favorites like Brad, Carla, and Chris cook. When you binge hours’ worth of YouTube videos at once, you start to notice a theme among theContinue reading “Spicing things up with Calabrian chiles”

Haddock: The potato of the sea

Give me a bowl of soft, stewed potatoes, and I’ll eagerly dig in. Add diced bacon to that bowl, and I might not even use silverware. Throw some haddock in there as well, and my enthusiasm will unceremoniously disappear. This was the sad song and dance I did with myself (the bacon actually got addedContinue reading “Haddock: The potato of the sea”

Farro: Am I a healthy eater now?

Jump to recipe It may not be a coincidence that as I embark on a foodie journey, the majority of the foods I’ve yet to try are pretty healthy. I have eaten like trash for most of my life, after all. One surprising fact about my eating habits, though, is that white rice has alwaysContinue reading “Farro: Am I a healthy eater now?”