Winter Storm Comfort Food: Jambalaya!

January 26, 2015

As Winter Storm Juno begins burying us out here, I found myself at work earlier today, waiting for the announcement that we would be closed tomorrow, and really just craving the heck out of a nice pile of spicy jambalaya.  Thing is – jambalaya is amazingly easy to make!  It’s very much an everyone-in-the-pool kind […]


Banana Muffins!

December 23, 2014

So I gotta say, I love banana bread.  Not only is it a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas, it’s also so tasty.  Especially nice and warm, with a schmear of cream cheese. Good stuff, man. I also love muffins, and though they require a bit more work pre-baking, the benefit is that you […]


Buffalo Chicken Dip

December 21, 2014

This is something I’ve loved for a very long time but been too lazy to actually try to make until… well, now.  But honestly – it’s so embarrassingly simple, I almost feel bad posting a recipe.  Anyway, here goes. The goods: 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese or neufchatel (which is low-fat cream cheese) 1 […]


Lemony Kale and White Beans

June 8, 2014

I like this recipe because it’s almost as simple as it sounds – and the lemon adds a nice bit of zing to what would otherwise be a bit on the bitter/bland side.  Also – man, do I love kale.  Seriously. The goods: 1 large yellow onion 1 bunch kale 1 15-0z can white beans […]


Turkey and Kale Soup

May 4, 2014

This is actually a really simple recipe – as most broth-based soups tend to be, it’s just aromatics, broth, and flavoring.  Which works fine by me, actually, given that I’m often feeling pretty lazy after work, but in need of sustenance and comfort.  When I first learned this recipe, it included rice, but I left […]


Chicken Paella

April 16, 2014

I’ve been wanting to learn paella for some time now – and for some reason always managed to talk myself out of it.  “Oh, it takes too long, it’s too difficult, etc etc” Which really?  Load of bunk.  If you can figure out risotto and/or rice pilaf – you can do paella.  This version is […]


Arancini – Way less difficult than learning how to pronounce it.

February 16, 2014

Fancy word, easy dish – it’s just crispy risotto balls, you guys, no need to panic! So here’s what you do:  Make your favorite risotto recipe.  Mushroom risotto?  Awesome.  Spring risotto with peas and arugula?  Beautiful.  Butternut squash risotto with caramelized onions?  Fantastic!  (Though, uh, make sure your butternut is cut into little bitty chunks, […]


Balsamic Roast Chicken

February 16, 2014

Okay, so this marinade also works amazingly well on pork chops, and I suspect it’d be fantastic on any poultry as well, but this incarnation uses it on chicken thighs, because that’s what I had in my fridge. This is how easy the marinade is: it’s just olive oil and balsamic vinegar. That’s it. Don’t […]


Mascarpone and Sun-Dried Tomato Puff Pastry

December 25, 2013

Just trust me on this one.  It’s a great little nibbly-treat for any occasion. The goods: 1 package (2 sheets) puff pastry, thawed 1 tub (8oz) mascarpone cheese, softened handful of sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted (soaked in warm water for at least twenty minutes), drained, patted dry, and chopped shredded parmesan cheese extra virgin olive oil […]


Breakfast Carbonara – Not for the faint of heart!

November 30, 2013

This came about as I was rooting in a friend’s fridge for something to eat – I am trying to do more of the “invite myself over and I’ll cook for you” because it gets me out of my house and hanging out with people, and also because I can scam a free meal out […]