Macarooooooooon!

Every time I say macaron, my mind can’t help but say macarooooooon, like Rupaul Saying “Camerooooon!” when Bebe Zahara Bonet walked into the room.   Okay, now that that’s out of the way. So, I’ve been on a macaron kick. Confession: I actually don’t like them. Like at all. They do nothing for me. BUT…

Best. Fancy. Sides. Ever.

It’s been a while…but to paraphrase the great Gloria Gaynor: now I’m back, from outer space, sitting here with a sad look upon my face. Well, not really. I’m actually just bored because Michael (mailman by day, boyfriend extraordinaire by night) is out at Coachella, and I ran out of other things to occupy myself with….

Chicken Soup, because I’m sick as hell.

Sometimes you need soup. Usually that’s because you’re really sick or it’s cold as balls outside. I don’t do canned soup, and with the exception of Panera or sit down restaurants, most places don’t do it well–and those things can get expensive. So a giant batch of this is a great way to get ready…

Recipe R&D: Chicken Mole and Mole Wings

So, let’s talk a bit about process. The other day, at a friends birthday party, there was some amazing, top notch, and wonderfully authentic catered Mexican food. Amongst it was chicken mole. Everyone remarked at how great it was, including many who said it was the best mole they’d ever had. Two weeks later, I’ve been…

My Gimlet and Variations

Here are just a few drinks for my gin drinkers… Quick and Easy Gimlet: 2 Shots Gin (Pref. St. George Terroir or Hendricks) 1/2 Shot Lime Juice with a splash of simple syrup. Shake in a shaker with lots of ice and serve straight up in a martini glass or on the rocks, with a…

“Temple Food”

Something about going to the farmer’s market made things click. Reading year is stressful, and stress, for me, means food. Usually fatty, salty, and fast. This is my attempt to regain control over most areas of my life–for me, food is one of the biggest and most important. When I approach healthier eating, I don’t…

Green Curry Soup

One of the difficulties of buying vegetables at a farmers market, or otherwise, is if you want to keep a good variety on hand, you end up with extra that need to be used. This recipe came as one of those pantry-raiding adventures. And, it’s an insanely easy, fast, one-pot take on curry that works…

Simple Stuff: Veggies…When in doubt…

It’s fun to get creative, but sometimes you don’t really need that much creativity at all. My farmer’s market scores were calling, and I had some think cut pork chops in the fridge that I needed to use, so I threw together lunch in about ten minutes. There aren’t really any recipes here, but there…

Curried Cauliflower Tacos and Enchiladas

Between the Food and Wine festival and California Adventure, and this bounty from the farmer’s market, I decided quite abruptly to go healthier. Here’s the first of the recipes that will come from this. This first recipe was a surprising one. I typically hate cauliflower, but curried cauliflower is amazing. As a note, the wonderful Jasmine introduced me…

Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Mini Tarts

These little beauties are shockingly easy to make and perfect with wine or champagne (thus I’m making them for New Year’s Eve). Here’s the rundown: First, the whipped cheese topping. 1 lbs Queso Casero (this is a much cheaper alternative to goat cheese or fromage blanc) 1 brick Cream Cheese 1/2 c. Sour Cream (full…

Pie Crust

If pie crust was one of my exam areas, I’d pass with distinction. It was probably a decade ago that I first attempted to make it, after watching Giada. From then on, this recipe has evolved into what it is now. The most recent addition, sour cream, came after my trip to Portland, when I…

All set for 2016…

As an desperate attempt to get reading year under control and not continue to languorously sit on my couch and do nothing, one of my new years resolutions is to post here at least twice a week. This blog will have self indulgent recipes, food ideas, tips, tricks, and writing about food. Here goes nothing… (L-R clockwise:…