Cookie Times

Winter is the perfect time of year for cookies. For starters, if you make too much cookie dough, you can freeze it just by throwing it outside (in a sealed container to prevent attracting raccoons and other rabies-laden but surprisingly adorable critters). For seconders, completely disregard that first point and just continue to use the traditional, patented A-A “freezer method” of storage by shoving the dough in the freezer. Continue reading Cookie Times

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

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

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 Mushroom and Artichoke Heart Salad

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 One Pot Tomato Masala