the holy cheesesteak, and a year of blogging 4

the holy cheesesteak, and a year of blogging
Annoying renewal emails from my domain registrar have reminded me that somehow a year has already passed since I started this blog. Last November, I was in one of those slumps where you get cabin fever, except in your life — didn’t like the job I had to stick with then, didn’t like how I...

applesauce 10

applesauce
I think that if it weren’t for tomatoes and applesauce, all of us who were formerly “preserving-challenged” would never have given it a real attempt. I mean, jams and jellies are great to eat, but it’s a lot of work (although definitely worth it) for something that only impresses your friends once and you can get for...

TFD’s 3

TFD's
TFD’s or “Tin Foil Dinners” were a weekly event for Rachel and I when we were camp counselors at the best camp ever. Technically, the name is inaccurate, since they’re cooked in aluminum foil rather than tin, but you can forgive the misnomer because they’re delicious. They’re especially delicious when you’ve walked 10 kids through...

coal-cooked beefmeat sandwich 7

coal-cooked beefmeat sandwich
Every once in awhile, I like to challenge my tastes and my cooking by grabbing a new ingredient at the store and figuring out how to use it when I got home. It’s how I started liking brussels sprouts, it led to my first attempts at liking eggplant, and now it’s resulted in the cool...

apple cheddar beer bread 3

apple cheddar beer bread
That kind of title gets your attention, doesn’t it? It certainly gets mine, and I’m the one who made the bread. Yes, it’s pieces of roasted apple and cheddar cheese suspended in a soft, malty dough enriched with buttermilk and porter beer. You could make almost anything with that combination of foods (including just handing...

blueberry coffee cake 1

blueberry coffee cake
Although I’m a big fan of corn on the cob and barbecues and watermelon, this coffee cake is somehow one of the recipes that most reminds me of summer. It’s a simple dessert that my Mom likes to make when we have blueberries, but it’s not attached to any particular summer event/meal/birthday or anything. It’s...

amazing zucchini bread 2

amazing zucchini bread
As we press onward in the task of finding something to do with all the zucchini from our garden, zucchini bread is an obvious favorite. I’ve always loved the stuff, and this zucchini bread recipe I found at some point on Simple Bites is exactly what I look for: soft but not mushy, sweet but...

burrito night 8

burrito night
I’ve mentioned before that part of my journey to being a foodie was “inspired” by how expensive my favorite restaurants were. Now, some of you High Rolling Wall Street types might think that an $8 burrito is hardly worth learning to cook over, but I assure you that for a recently graduated, semi-employed American male it certainly...