Tikka Masala-ish Chicken & Chickpeas

I can get a little obsessed with making a menu for our daily dishes. One thought leads to another and I spend hours agonizing over what I’m going to cook. This happened with chickpeas and blood oranges recently. I had two cans of chickpeas and I planned to make a tuna salad with them, some…

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PACKED Lettuce Wraps

Whenever I eat at a local hole-in-the-wall Chinese joint (the ones that keep pens in dry rice at the counter and staple the pu pu platter out of your brown bag o’food) I have to get an egg roll. It’s my go-to appetizer. But I get fancy (and healthier) at those nouveau Chinese restaurants (the…

JUNK FOOD Cookies

I grew up cherishing the process of making Christmas cookies. Every year, my Aunt Darlene would invite us over to bake. We’d get sprinkles everywhere, drink Kool-Aid, and giggle at their mounted deer’s head adorned with a red clown’s nose and a Santa hat. My mom would create all kinds of sweet treats with us…

Nana’s Naughty Biscuits

Many of my childhood summers involved extended trips to New York to stay with my grandmother. In the morning there’d be fluffy pancakes, bacon fried in a cast iron skillet, and maybe even an egg sizzled in the remaining bacon grease. For lunch we’d have salads or BLT’s, and a microwaved “baked” potato topped with…

Cranberry-Chipotle Jam

Sometimes a mistake becomes a masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes a mistake is a true disaster destined for the bowels of a landfill. Not long ago I spent like $12 on white American cheese for a restaurant-like queso dip. Well, big spender here didn’t buy enough cream, and it turned out to be a…

Spicy Sweet Potatoes

It took me a long time to embrace sweet potatoes. I’m not sure why. I think I always viewed them as the regular potato’s orange-headed step sister. Sweet potatoes always seemed to be an excuse to eat marshmallows. Nothing more. But let me tell you, I have a sweet tooth that would put the Stay-Puft…

Sloppy Joes From Scratch

As I write this it’s 82 degrees outside. As I write this it’s October 27th. As I write this I’m hoping the feeling of Fall will get its tardy tail to the party. Still, I’m using Autumn’s time on the back burner to come up with comfort food for the chill ahead. There’s something about…

Peaches and Cream Turnovers

As peaches turn over the seasonal spotlight to apples, I’m saying goodbye in the sweetest way I know how. My partner in cuisine crime and I had more locally-grown peaches this year than ever before, and because of that I had plenty of opportunities to experiment. I wanted to make a dessert that doesn’t usually…

Andrea’s Chocolate Heaven Pie with Cannoli Cream

I met Andrea through my partner in cuisine crime. She and our friend Larry came over for lunch about a year ago. They were on a no-carb diet. I went bonkers trying to come up with a carb-free meal. It was no easy task given the fact that my middle name is potato. The day…