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?”

We’re talkin shiit(ake) tonight

It may not be shocking to hear that I’ve enjoyed chicken marsala many times before, but it certainly won’t be shocking to hear that I’ve always picked around the mushrooms. Picky eaters don’t eat dinner without flicking something off the plate, after all. But I decided tonight would be different. That’s why I made NYTContinue reading “We’re talkin shiit(ake) tonight”

Shichimi Togarashi: The Japanese spice that makes green peppers good

A couple months ago, I was at a friend’s house enjoying grilled shishito peppers for the first time. Charred and extra salty, the peppers had just a slight heat and were the perfect, poppable side to burgers. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to remake that side but have yet to come across shishito peppers inContinue reading “Shichimi Togarashi: The Japanese spice that makes green peppers good”

Salmon: I cooked it and lived to tell the tale

Seafood, specifically fish, has always been the boogeyman to me. It smells, I can’t tell when it’s done cooking, and if there are any remnants of scales left to remind me that I’m eating a fish, I’m out. So when my sister-in-law texted me a picture of my soon-to-be-one-year-old niece enjoying salmon for dinner, IContinue reading “Salmon: I cooked it and lived to tell the tale”