Meat and Poultry

Potstickers have been on my things-to-make-someday list for way too long. I’m obsessed with them, and I always go through the bags of frozen potstickers from Trader Joe’s in, like, 2 days. And because it is a huge project to get around in, let alone check out at the Trader Joe’s closest to me, I [read more →]

Living with a vegetarian hasn’t turned me into a full-blown vegetarian, but I am much more aware now of where my meat comes from when I do buy it. Unfortunately, that comes with a price…and I’m a lot poorer now than I used to be! That’s where more inexpensive cuts of meat come in, like [read more →]

Matt and I usually split up dinner duty. He’ll cook Monday and Tuesday, for example, and I’ll take Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, I had plans for one of “my” nights to cook a bok choy and noodle stir fry. I had gone to the Japanese market on my way home from class to pick [read more →]

Vietnamese Chicken and Noodle Salad

I felt kind of low on food inspiration this week. Next week is a busy catering week for me, and I think my mind was so occupied with catering menus that I had no idea what to cook for myself. And I’m trying really hard to resist the urge to order pizza whenever I get [read more →]

My parents always made lamb curry with leftover roasted lamb. As good as a beautifully roasted leg of lamb is on Easter, I can’t help but look forward to the lamb curry to follow. I had almost forgotten about this recipe since we’ve sort of abandoned our Easter lamb tradition in the past few years. [read more →]

Trying to make the perfect gnocchi has become a bit of an obsession in my house…and we have a freezer full of homemade gnocchi to prove it. I’ve learned that the key to making them light and fluffy is to add as little flour and egg as possible. This week I set out to make [read more →]

My Dad’s Garlic Chicken

Garlic chicken was one of my dad’s specialties. It was originally based off a recipe in an old favorite Spanish cookbook, but has evolved over the years and now lives in my (and my mom’s) head. I’ve been so busy lately experimenting with new recipes that this old favorite somehow fell out of my repertoire. [read more →]

Chicken with Honey and Beer Sauce

As you may have noticed, Culinary Colleen has undergone a little facelift. Huge thanks to Yellow & Savvy for my new design! So, this chicken. It’s sad how many food magazines I’ve read, yet how few recipes I’ve actually made from them. I’m trying to change that. This recipe for Chicken with Honey and Beer [read more →]

I don’t know about you, but my winter blues are in full effect. And that upcoming blizzard here in Boston? Ugh. (Also, since when did they start naming blizzards? Is it going to be that bad that it needs a name?) Anyways, I may not be able to change the weather, but I can certainly [read more →]

This brussels sprout panini kind of came together on a whim. I had bought a bag of those shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s without a real plan for them. When trying to figure out what to make for lunch, I realized I had a ton of leftover fresh mozzarella from pizza making over the [read more →]

Cuban Quesadillas

Writing about the Cuban sandwich at Chez Henri got me thinking about the best Cuban I’ve ever had. Chez Henri’s version came close, but it was the one I had at General Greene in Brooklyn years ago that still sticks out in my mind. Their version isn’t exactly traditional, with prosciutto replacing the ham and [read more →]

What do you do when you have a pork tenderloin sitting in the refrigerator, come up with the grand idea to make homemade moo-shu pork, but don’t want to let down your vegetarian moo-shu-loving boyfriend? Make both, of course! I decided on this recipe from Epicurious, using pork tenderloin instead of pork butt. It calls [read more →]

Almost everything that is tomato based is comfort food to me, and that’s exactly what I was craving last night. I was in luck because the folks at Tuttorosso tomatoes recently send me a gift basket of canned tomatoes to try out and review. Now that I’m unemployed and working with a much stricter food [read more →]

Sous Vide St. Louis Ribs

My love for my Sous Vide Supreme has been well documented. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the sous vide method of cooking is its ability to make cooking for a crowd completely foolproof. You simply set the water bath to the desired temperature, and the food will never overcook or dry out. [read more →]

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. I had some friends over for a cookout and to watch the fireworks, but haven’t had much of a chance to blog about any of it yet. The star of the show was definitely the St. Louis ribs that I sous vide for two [read more →]

Vietnamese Pork Summer Rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls are one of my all-time favorite dishes. I don’t know if it’s the fresh flavor of the mint and cilantro, the springy texture when you bite into the rice paper, or the decadent peanut dipping sauce, but I can’t think of a much better appetizer on a hot summer day. The other [read more →]

I’m going to be honest. I’ve been in a serious blog rut lately. Something about all of the traveling I’ve been doing has left me uninspired in my own kitchen, and all of the writing about dining out has just served as a reminder of how little I have been cooking lately. When I have [read more →]

Our Memorial Day cookout turned out to be a low key affair with just Katie, Matt, and me, so we decided to get a little experimental with our menu and also really learn how to use the charcoal grill that Matt and I bought last summer. I decided that I wanted to grill pork chops [read more →]

Making a paella has turned into an Easter tradition in my family. I don’t know when or how it came about. All I know is I look forward to it every year. Our Easter Sunday this year included Katie and Matt (who had just taken an overnight bus back from New York…he’s a trouper). We [read more →]

Easter was quite a blog-worthy weekend. I have so much to catch up on! (Hence the long post title.) On the Saturday night before Easter, my friend Katie and I went to my mom’s house to cook dinner. Katie and I have been friends since freshman year in college and she just moved to Boston [read more →]

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