Recipe Review: Sweet Potatoes, Beans, and Delicious Rice

I was feeling a little sweet and a little starchy this week, so I set out to find a recipe that would blend all sides of my mood. Enter this dish with sweet potatoes, beans, and delicious rice. A relatively simple dish to make, it is a warm, fall meal that is both filling and practical. And it doesn’t require too much effort, so you can spend all that extra time you would have spent cooking focusing on knocking out an awesome NaNoWriMo chapter, or like, watching 18 episodes of your favorite TV show. That last one might be a bit of an exaggeration. Continue reading Recipe Review: Sweet Potatoes, Beans, and Delicious Rice

Favorite Fall Foods

The reason I want to write broadly about fall foods, apart from the little thrill an alliterative title gives me, is because today was the first really chilly day of the year and I hated it and I need a reason to enjoy this ridiculously cold season. So here’s an ode to fall foods, the rich bits of savory and sweet goodness that make sweater weather something other than an endless hell of frost and red, wind-burned ears. Continue reading Favorite Fall Foods

Recipe Review: Cornbread Muffins

A disclaimer ““ these aren’t muffins so much as just hyper-portable cornbread. Regular cornbread can be trucked around, but when you don’t want to be weighed down, or when you have limited pocket/bag space, these hyper-portable cornbreads are just the thing. I am certain that cornbread muffins that are legitimately muffins are also delicious, but these are the ones you want to eat with cornbread. Continue reading Recipe Review: Cornbread Muffins

Recipe Review: Eggplant Puttanesca

I have a complicated relationship with eggplant. I mean, it’s not that great of a relationship and I definitely would not advertise it on my Facebook page, but eggplant is very much a part of my life. I make it rarely because I do such a terrible job of preparing it. Yet every time I think I will just cut that sucker out of my diet for good and wash my hands of the whole, I go out to eat and try a little of someone’s baba ghanoush or take a bite of some great eggplant stir fry and my desire to master cooking the damn thing reignites. Eggplant, I just cannot quit you. Continue reading Recipe Review: Eggplant Puttanesca

Recipe Review: Easy Pad Thai

Another week, another new recipe put to the ultimate test, my kitchen. Imagine, if you will, a room lined in stainless steel, its floor an impenetrable tile surface, the imposing appliances and dim light only increase the feeling of being enclosed. This is a fortress of culinary creation from which you will not escape. This is where I make… my creations. Continue reading Recipe Review: Easy Pad Thai

Recipe Review: Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

This week I am trying something new. Instead of posting one of “my own” recipes (in quotation marks because I know I did not come up with them out of the blue, I’ve just been making them for so long that they are probably nothing like the original source material that I’ve forgotten by now anyway), I will be reviewing a new recipe I tried. I found this one for a great curried coconut lentil soup via foodgawker and it was the warm colors coupled with the deliciousness potential that drew me in. Continue reading Recipe Review: Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

Making the Most of Your Produce

(Writer’s note: Please read the following sentences in the voice of an infomercial announcer.) Rotten fruits and vegetables. Dinners ruined by produce gone wrong. Grocery budget ballooning. Has this ever happened to you? Produce rots and it can rot fast, leaving you without key ingredients for your dinners and wasting money. But with this new patent food-fresh system, you’ll never be left in a puddle of what used to be asparagus ever again! Continue reading Making the Most of Your Produce

Spinach and (Veggie) Sausage Penne

Maybe it’s the Halloween displays at Target, or maybe it’s the reemergence of “pumpkin” as a ubiquitous and shockingly orange flavor, or maybe it’s that I’m recovering from my first cold/flu of the season, but lately I’ve just been feeling hearty. It might be 90 degrees outside right now, but I am ready to get some hot, hearty, substantial dishes. Good bye wonderful summer salads. Hello wonderful autumn substance! Continue reading Spinach and (Veggie) Sausage Penne