mushroom potstickers 10

mushroom potstickers
Potstickers, wontons, and dumplings in general are some of my favorite foods from Chinese and similar cuisines. I admit I’m a novice at Asian cooking (although I’m pretty handy with a pair of chopsticks), and most attempts I make at anything remotely authentic involves a lot of searching the internet for recipes and advice. (As...

the greatest meatloaf of all time 9

the greatest meatloaf of all time
Does anybody not like meatloaf? Actually I’m pretty sure the answer is “lots of people don’t like meatloaf, Todd,” but I guess I enjoy it so much I just want other people to like it too. Meatloaf is a classic food for many of us; it was made by our moms throughout childhood (and was...

scrambled eggs and beans 1

scrambled eggs and beans
A tortilla full of scrambled eggs and black beans, drizzled very lightly with sour cream, is one of the most rewarding bites you can take – believe it or not. It was one of the first meals made for me when I lived in Mexico, and I watched horrorstruck as a perfectly good pan of...

chilaquiles verdes 3

chilaquiles verdes
Chilaquiles, for those of you less familiar with authentic Mexican cuisine, are a classic south-of-the-border leftovers meal. They are also extremely delicious, especially to many of us from north-of-the-border. The entertaining result of these two qualities is that one simple dish encapsulates everything that is new and exciting to Americans about exploring a new cuisine,...

baked cheesy risotto balls (arancini) 8

baked cheesy risotto balls (arancini)
We ended up with a whole bunch of leftover mushroom risotto that Rachel had made the other night. Anyone trying to work towards simpler living will know the importance of leveraging yesterday’s food effectively, and we’re starting to be great at it. Leftovers have two main career paths to choose from: getting eaten in strange...

blackened catfish 4

blackened catfish
I usually don’t have impulsive moments at the grocery store. I’m a sucker for clearance buys, especially when I see meats that have discount stickers starting to stack up 2 or 3 thick. Other than that though, it’s pretty straightforward: Rachel and I figure out what we’re eating for the week, and then go get...

pulled pork in the oven 124

pulled pork in the oven
Pulled pork is easily one of my top three favorite foods in the universe. It works on so many levels, especially the “tasting really good” level. But it’s also a great crowd pleaser (we cooked it for our wedding!), easy leftovers, and has real foodie appeal due to the time, palate, and skill needed to...

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese 2

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of those combos that drift into our lives through mysterious tradition, and never leave. Like PB&J, pizza and ranch, chicken and waffles, and so many food teams that would make you pause if you thought too hard about them, grilled cheese and tomato soup just works, and who...