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”

Pardon my French macarons

Well I guess I have some ‘splaining to do. I kind of took an unintentional summer vacation from the blog. The truth is the week after I tried blueberries, I intended to keep my in-season produce train rolling by blogging about apricots. The problem was that I tried apricots and found them spectacularly mediocre. TheyContinue reading “Pardon my French macarons”

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”

Jerk chicken puns are too tasteless for this blog post

If you’ve perused the original Picky Eater files, you know that bland food is my jam. Roasted potatoes, fried chicken tenders, buttered toast. The browner the food, the better, and Heaven forbid a flavor be too assertive. But wanting to be a better cook means that I’m (slowly) learning to appreciate bolder flavors and howContinue reading “Jerk chicken puns are too tasteless for this blog post”

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”

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?”