Lemon Blackberry Pie Bars

Given that the category for desserts on this blog is called “After Thoughts,” I hope that says all you need to know about how I feel about desserts. I rarely seek them out, I never remember to make them for dinner parties, and I would always rather have another slice of pizza than save room…

The BLT

I’m a little bit fascist when it comes to a BLT. The rest of this blog might lull you into a safe sense of flexibility and can-do-no-wrong in the kitchen, but not so with the BLT. I feel convicted specificity with every single component that belongs in the mighty BLT. My brother has his own…

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted cherry tomatoes have a special thing going on. They become so potently sweet and intense when you stick ’em in the oven for a few hours, and then they’re good on…..I’m still trying to figure out what they aren’t good on, so they’re good on everything. My favorite though is using them for appetizers,…

Pork Tacos

Pork tacos… that’s pretty much all I have to write. Just get straight to the recipe? Okay, I will, but first some business. The following ratios are good for two to three people. This recipe was made for outdoor grilling, but a grill pan will do. The chipotle pepper power definitely adds a little heat,…

Red Beans and Rice

I didn’t grow up with red beans and rice. In fact, when the Texans I live with (the one I’m married to and our dear neighbor) started getting misty eyed about red beans and rice the other day, I still thought it was literally just rice and beans. Turns out, it’s not. Now I’ve researched…

Texas Margarita

When I started dating a Texan, I learned a lot of things about the nation of Texas. Maybe these are things you all knew already, but as an East Coast Yankee with California roots…these things were news to me: Tex-Mex is its own cuisine, and does not just mean Mexican food prepared in Texas. Queso…

Coconut Lime Noodles

While we are creative-fearless -make-it-work cooks at heart, a certain amount of this blog will be us vetting other people’s recipes for you. Someone’s gotta do it, you’re welcome. This recipe originally came from Bon Appetit, and their picture is WAY sexier than my crappy photos. I did adjust some things because I can’t help…

Meatball Soup

I’m a sucker for a meatball soup. First, I really like making meatballs. Second, who doesn’t like eating meatballs? This soup has two critical components: the meatballs, and the broth. The rest is flexible and easily can go in any direction you’re feeling with whatever ingredients you’ve got on hand. If I was sick I…