Oh Man Airports, Get it Together, Man

I am not an international businessman of unbridled fame, but I have spent a fair amount of time in airports. Many different airports on two continents, which doesn’t sound like that many continents except you really cannot include Antarctica in your continent list for this particular purpose. And honestly, I love airports. They are full of duty-free shops, weird products not sold in regular stores, and people getting excited about vacations or seeing family or getting away from family or what have you. But you know where airports really fall flat on their butts? The food options. Continue reading

Mushroom and Artichoke Heart Salad

While everyone else is traipsing into autumn with big grins and wool sweaters, I am clinging to the last scraps of summer with a cold, clammy grip. Sure, autumn food is delicious. I cannot wait to make gigantic pots of chili to eat over noodles Cincinnati-style while watching my favorite football teams go head to head every single Saturday and Sunday. I also look forward to being able to bust out the hot chocolate. But that said, I’ve got at least one more good month of summer left in this year and I am going to milk it for all its worth. Continue reading

One Pot Tomato Masala

This week, I was browsing foodgawker.com to find new recipe inspiration. I’ve felt like things in my kitchen were getting pretty redundant – lots of zucchini and lots of pesto and really gigantic portions of salsa were basically going through a systematic and constant rotation. When I found Cook’s Hideout Tomato Biryani recipe, I knew I had to try it out.  Unfortunately, I did not have all of the ingredients. Undeterred, I worked my way through my refrigerator and spice shelf to see what I could throw together. It turned out to be pretty delicious in its own right. Continue reading

Don’t Get Between Me and My Bruschetta

I spent a ridiculously long amount of time mispronouncing “bruschetta.” I was a fan of “bruce-shet-a” or “brosh-etta” or “really fancy toast for summer time nonsense.” To be honest, I’m still a fan of the last one, but at least now I know how to pronounce it vaguely more correctly – bruce-ketta. But, you know, if you call this rose by any other name, it surely would taste as delicious. Continue reading

Cherry Crispy Crumble

If you were on a dessert island, what type of dessert island would you want to be on? I have thought about this a whole lot. I discard Candy Island pretty quickly but I waffle a lot between chocolate and fruit-pastries. On the one hand, living on an island of endless chocolate delights would be pretty great. Chocolate has all sorts of great properties, like being delicious and mildly caffeinated. On the other hand, the sweet-tartness of fruit coupled with its versatility is hard to beat. Continue reading

Stuffed Avocados

A word of warning: I’ve come down with a wicked bad case of hyperbole. It is seriously the worst thing to happen ever in the world to anyone ever. This food post, will, most unfortunately, not be immune from that terrible, life-altering condition. However, even with that limitation, I expect this post to be one of the best ever because it focuses on the most delicious food that anyone has ever eaten: avocado. Continue reading

Mixed Berry Salad

I love a good cold salad in the summertime. Given the popularity of potato and macaroni salads this time of year, I can tell that I am not alone. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am in good company. But, as with most good things, the cold salad had a drawback: there was no way to eat it for dessert and feel like you really desserted. Well, that’s all changed. Continue reading

Food Philosophy

The worst thing about eating food is wasting money and hunger on crappy food. I have a limited amount of money and it can’t just be spent willy-nilly. Of course, I have to make trade-offs. I know I can’t always eat delicious food because sometimes I just need to buy the on-sale frozen veggies and throw them in with some rice. It’s a little bit of a bummer, this responsibility, but I like to take in stride; this meal might not be the tops, but it’s just going to make the next really great one even better, like eating a cookie after taking a swig of coffee. Continue reading

Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

I read so many food blogs that spin these lovely tales of exploration and discovery. In them, the kitchens are always large and sunny, the food is always fresh and available, and the cook/writer is always cheerful and full of boundless optimism. That does not necessarily reflect the reality of my life. There you will find a tiny kitchen with far too little counter space, foods that should never expire and yet sometimes lost in the cabinets they do, and well, alright I do have boundless optimism. I am optimistic you follow me to the recipe. Continue reading

Pinto Bean Salad and Space Invaders

“Oh my god,” I yelled as a shell exploded meters from my bunker scattering bones across the area, “they’re back! The space invaders are back! And this time, they refuse to conform themselves to two dimensions.” My friend and partner in bad-assery, Butch Monroe, merely grunted. He was worried, too, but as a prototype humanoid robot, his gender role setting was pretty high. It would be difficult to get him to be more open and communicative. On the plus side, he drove a great truck and would eagerly take a bullet for anyone. What stereotypical machismo. Continue reading

Veg* Is Not about Feeling Bad

I spent a good chunk of my week traveling and in the field, so instead of getting to cook a lot of wonderful food, I got think a lot about wonderful food. When I got back to the land of internet, I logged onto tumblr, obviously, and was immediately hit in the face with a reblog of some sort of bizarre diet plan that basically banned all food ever. It made me think about how much my attitude towards food differed from theirs. Continue reading

Chickpeas on a Bed of Mixed Greens

It might be apparent to long-time readers that the foods I want to post and the weather I am experiencing are very closely linked. Lately, I have been absolutely euphoric because we are entering the most wonderful time of the year: long, sunny, hot days have finally replaced their short, cloudy predecessors (and eventual successors, but please let’s just ignore that for a bit). So today’s dish, a cheerful, warm salad, was chosen at least in part because of how well it fits the weather. Spoiler alert: the other part of why it was chosen is because it is delicious. Continue reading