Tomato confit on everything

You can bet you’ve seen this picky eater enjoy plenty of pizzas, some chicken parm, and chips with salsa in her day. But despite my addiction to acid reflux flare-ups, I’ve never been a fresh tomato gal. If you follow a lot of food bloggers, you know that they drool over the summer tomato season.Continue reading “Tomato confit on everything”

The great garlic scape of 2021

While perusing Instagram for the 72nd straight minute the other day, I came across a post by The Kitchn illustrating what produce is in season right now. And out of the 8 items drawn, I’ve only eaten 4 of them! So this week, I started making my way down the list by trying what IContinue reading “The great garlic scape of 2021”

Adding pork to the menu

Last week, I signed up for Caroline Chambers’ What to Cook When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking newsletter. So naturally I looked nowhere else for this week’s dinners. It was a Caroline-filled week! The first two dinners were new recipes to me, but all the ingredients were old, familiar friends—a pickle-brined chicken sandwich and sesameContinue reading “Adding pork to the menu”

Jambalaya, pants on fire!

Hello, friends! After a brief encounter with the fearsome pollen gods, I’m happy to be back to cooking and nose-breathing this week! And not a moment too soon because just before my untimely allergy demise, I had received not one but TWO new cookbooks to dive into! So it only seemed appropriate to make myContinue reading “Jambalaya, pants on fire!”

You halva to try tahini

Tahini is one of those ingredients that food bloggers have been drooling over for the last few years even though I’ve never actually seen anyone eat it in real life. When I first heard of it, I thought, “sure, I like sesame seeds, but do I really need to be able to spread them onContinue reading “You halva to try tahini”

Katsu sandos: Cabbage and oysters and pork, oh my!

Flipping through my copy of Not Your Mother’s Cookbook by Donny Enriquez, I quickly earmarked the recipe for katsu sandos, a Japanese sandwich made from fried pork, cabbage, and tonkatsu sauce. That was really weird of me seeing as I’ve never eaten pork cutlets, cabbage, or tonkatsu sauce. But in the spirit of the blogContinue reading “Katsu sandos: Cabbage and oysters and pork, oh my!”

Figuring out what Chinese five spice tastes like

Another week, another new dinner recipe. Growing up on mainly Italian and pub food, I’ve been on a bit of an Asian kick lately, trying ingredients I had never bought before. I kept that trend going this week with Creme de la Crumb’s Korean BBQ Chicken, which introduced a new spice to my pantry: ChineseContinue reading “Figuring out what Chinese five spice tastes like”

Miso, gochujang, and eggs, oh my!

Fans of the blog will remember that a few weeks ago, I tried ramen noodles for the first time. Eating them with seared steak and a delicious sauce was a big success that I’ve already repeated. Trying instant ramen swimming in broth was not as successful. But everyone who reached out after that blog excitedlyContinue reading “Miso, gochujang, and eggs, oh my!”

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!”

Maybe next time, leeks

This post is going to be a short one because, frankly, I don’t have that much to say about my side of braised leeks from last night. First impression: leeks aren’t fennel. I accidentally put fennel in my grocery cart at first before finding what leeks actually look like. Second impression: leeks are weird. They’reContinue reading “Maybe next time, leeks”