Cilantro

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 →]

Vegetarian Hominy Chili

Sometimes, recipes don’t turn out as planned. I had grand plans last week to make posole using the bag of Rancho Gordo hominy that had been sitting in the pantry for far too long. After deciding on a recipe from 101 Cookbooks and starting to cook the hominy, I realized the ground chile I bought [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 →]

I’ve been wanting to make peanut noodles for awhile now, but Matt always eats all the peanut butter I can’t seem to keep peanut butter in the house. It was my lucky day yesterday when I noticed that there was actually some left in the bottom of the jar. I started with a recipe from [read more →]

Mushroom Miso Soup

I can’t believe I discovered a new favorite soup right after winter officially ended. Funny how that works. It seemed as though winter was coming back with a vengeance last weekend when the temperature dropped, oh, 30 degrees overnight (ok, it may not have been that bad). That kind of messed with my emotions, and [read more →]

Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup

Happy Halloween! Even though it seemed more like Christmas than Halloween in Boston over the weekend, I made some pumpkin soup to remind myself that it is still Fall. I came up with this Thai curry pumpkin soup for something a little different. I started by roasting a sugar pumpkin, and then added it to [read more →]

Three Bean Chili

What I love about making chili is that it’s so easy to improvise. It turns out differently every time, but only gets better and better. I used three types of beans for this version – black, pinto, and kidney. The base consisted of cooked down onions, red bell pepper, and poblano pepper. A few chipotle [read more →]

Doubles

While brainstorming “tropical” things to cook for dinner on the night of the hurricane, Matt thought of a dish he had tried called Doubles. They’re a street food from Trinidad and Tobago that he described to me as spicy, curried chickpeas sandwiched between fried flatbreads and served with a variety of hot sauces and chutneys. [read more →]

Huevos Rancheros

Matt and I randomly had all of the makings of huevos rancheros sitting in the fridge last Sunday and – aside from getting some jalapeno in my eye* – it was one of the best impromptu brunches to ever happen! We bought this huge bag of masa flour to make tacos with homemade tortillas several [read more →]

Thai Curry Mussels

Thai curry mussels are popping up on menus all over the place these days, but I feel like I’m always disappointed when I order them. They’re never spicy enough! Last weekend I made my own using some panang curry paste and coconut milk. I probably would have normally used red curry paste, but I had [read more →]

A few months ago, I made this recipe for simmered black beans from the New York Times. They were fantastic (and I realized that it really is worth the effort to use dried beans as opposed to canned), but the recipe made such a big batch that I had to freeze most of them. I [read more →]

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