chickpea curry (chana masala) 3

chickpea curry (chana masala)
Indian food can be intimidating, because it usually includes about 1,000 ingredients, 870 of which you’ve never had in your kitchen before. But it’s also delicious and satisfying, and somehow uses some kind of black magic to take all those ridiculous amounts of spices and make them work in harmony to create new and intriguing...

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...

potato, egg & kale skillet 4

potato, egg & kale skillet
Mostly photos today, because this is a simple recipe you can make in one pan. We had it the other night, which was one of those “too tired to cook but tired of eating leftovers” nights. This skillet fit the bill perfectly — warm, roasted flavors; nice, hearty ingredients; quick and delicious. Kale is probably...

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...

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers 3

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers
As a big fan of stuffed peppers, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I came back to them as a concept. We really enjoyed making ricotta-stuffed peppers in the past, and thought that our little cornbread-stuffed jalapeños worked great as an appetizer. So last night when I was cooking dinner...

egg salad

egg salad
Egg salad is something Rachel and I have enjoyed for a long time, but for some reason never made. But the other day we had friends coming, and the situation called for a light lunch, and for some reason egg salad presented itself to my brain as the perfect solution. It’s easy to make, doesn’t...

fish tacos 3

fish tacos
Fish tacos! I’m a huge fan of tacos in general, but the “fish” kind is one I haven’t tried very much. It’s one of those items that at the moment hasn’t been converted to any kind of Tex-Mex version, so generally it lives in the land of semi-authentic Mexican cuisine. I’ve rarely heard anyone say...

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...