Learning Kitchen: Cornbread Failure and Success – BfD pt. 2

The other night, I tried to make cornbread using a pretty basic recipe that I found online, and while the flavor was terrific, the texture and moisture level were pretty dismal. I’ll be using that cornbread for a sausage stuffing tonight(-ish), but I needed to make a new batch that was actually worth serving to […]

Chef’s Secrets: Soy-Glazed Baked Wings

We’re kind of obsessed with comfort food right now, with the seasons changing and the weather getting chilly. That means, of course, finding ways to indulge without breaking the piggy bank – or the calorie budget. Re-purposing leftovers is one of the smartest ways to eat like royalty on a shoestring budget, and the secret […]

Learning Kitchen: Meal Prep/Planning – Tofu Fried Rice

Yesterday’s lunch of vegan chili was spicy, so I wanted a dinner that was a little milder on the palate. Tofu to the rescue! I’m trying really hard to be more mindful of what goes into our food, right down to the frozen ingredients. So while I opted for white rice as a means of […]

Chef’s Secrets: Oven-Baked Ribs

I know, there’s no substitute for smoked ribs, cooked low and slow for hours, then finished on a hot grill for some yummy char. But I’ve been in enough kitchens to have picked up some secrets about how restaurants without a grill (but with standards high enough to warrant cooking meat in the most legit […]

Homegrown: Steak and Chard

We’ve been experimenting with growing things lately, making use of the long driveway that runs along our building, turning our walkway to our side stoop into a botanical Thunderdome. Growing most things from seeds, we’ve managed so far to have one salad made of mixed greens that never grew back. But last night, we took […]

Recreating the Recipe: Soy Ginger Fish Tacos

It’s not often that I find myself buying pre-marinated protein. Most marinades from stores have too much salt for my rather sensitive palate, and I’m wary of any protein that’s been sitting in a dubious mixture of sodium and sugar for days on end. However, Trader Joe’s has a few prepared and pre-prepped foods that […]

Recipe: Vegan Risotto

I’m sure you all can tell that I’m an omnivore. But there are times when I’m just not in the mood for meat – but that won’t stop my craving for hearty comfort food. Enter this vegan risotto. Traditional risotto has you using butter and garnishing with cheese, but I managed to create the same […]

Recipe: Chicken Adobo Risotto

I have a few favorite dishes from my childhood, things that bring me comfort no matter what adulthood has thrown at me. Things like my grandma’s lumpia and my dad’s macaroni salad stand out in my memory. But my mom’s adobo is even more than that: its rich flavors, variety of textures, and piquant aroma […]

Recipe: Snickerdoodles

I tend to make treats to bring to work for birthdays, celebrations, to reward people for doing well on a shoot, or when we’ve all had a rough week and I think we need a little pick-me-up. After the hiccups I encountered making these, though, I’m pretty sure I can be excused for having a […]