Sinus-Clearing Shrimp and Rice Noodle Soup

Today was my day off and I had important things to do (read: finish up Broadchurch on Netflix). It’s also really damn cold, so I wanted something quick and easy that would warm me up. This soup definitely hit the mark. Read More Sinus-Clearing Shrimp and Rice Noodle Soup

Sweet Tomato, Onion, and Cheese Casserole

I don’t like two of the primary ingredients in this dish, yet I will eat an entire pan of it all by myself. Something about roasting the tomatoes and caramelizing the onions brings the flavors together in a way that’s pretty amazing. Read More Sweet Tomato, Onion, and Cheese Casserole

Crowdsourced Cherry Saffron Scones

On a recent trip to HomeGoods, where I bought every attractive thing in my home at bargain prices, I picked up a teeny-tiny jar of saffron threads. I’ve never eaten anything with saffron in it, but for $3, I figured I should try it at least once. Read More Crowdsourced Cherry Saffron Scones

Hot Reads: ‘Lush’ by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane comforts me.

When I’m stressed (which is often) or tired (ditto), I turn to Dane’s books. I think it’s a combination of factors: a) she was one of the first romance/erotica authors I got into (after buying Coming Undone at a Barnes & Noble on my lunch break), b) her dialogue and descriptions have such a beautiful, easy rhythm, and c) her characters are such warm, awesome folks.

Oh, and d) hot dudes, e) having hot sex. Read More Hot Reads: ‘Lush’ by Lauren Dane

We Try It: Homemade Bagels

I know, I know, the New Yorkers reading this are laughing at me and thinking, “Why in the world would I want to make bagels at home when I can get fresh bagels at half a dozen places within a couple block radius of my house?” To you I say, “Stop flaunting your bagel privilege! Some of us had to move to the ‘burbs where apparently they didn’t get the memo about how bagels need to be boiled before baked!” Desperation can lead to deliciousness, and I’ll never go bagel-less again after learning to make them at home. It sounds intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy! Read More We Try It: Homemade Bagels

Books: Hot Erotica for a Cold Night

Ah, winter. In my home city of Chicago, ’tis the season for icy winds that threaten to freeze off one’s appendages, beaucoup layers and for me, two cravings: 1) peppermint mochas and 2) reading about someone being spanked. Read More Books: Hot Erotica for a Cold Night

Get in My Belly: Quinoa Mac and Cheese

At first I thought that Pinterest wouldn’t be of use to me, contrary dino that I am, until I realized how awful I was about organizing food posts that I like. Lots of times I’ll see something on The Kitchn or elsewhere, think, “Yeah, I should make that sometime,” and then close the tab and promptly forget I ever saw it. So, turns out that pinning things down is useful, after all. This quinoa mac and cheese recipe is one of the dishes I found while perusing friends’ pins. While the word-nerd in me finds it strange to keep the “mac” in the title, what with the lack of macaroni, the mixture that goes along with the quinoa is much like what one would make for a noodle dish.

Read More Get in My Belly: Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Delicious K-bars: They Taste So Much Better Than Skinny Feels

A  staple in my house, K-bars are a delicious snack made from Special K cereal. Chocolate-peanut buttery goodness with no baking involved. Less than 20 minutes of preparation time!

Read More Delicious K-bars: They Taste So Much Better Than Skinny Feels