Lentil and Kale Salad

In the spirit of this blog: ugly picture, truly delicious…I promise. This salad hails from Bon Appetit and caused me to vow to: 1) infuse more oils, and 2) use more cumin seed in all things. This salad is good as a main dish by itself, but if you want to mix it up, would…

Thai Chicken Meatball Soup

This is a wonderful NYT recipe that somehow achieves really rich and complex flavors without too much work and zero complicated ingredients. The recipe list calls for spinach but I think swiss chard or kale would work wonderfully and hold up better for leftovers should you be so inspired. The original recipe calls for this…

Thai Noodle Soup

I love making food that I would happily pay tons of money for in a restaurant, and this fits that bill: flavorful, gorgeous, seems complicated (but isn’t). One day I’ll graduate to making my own curry paste, but for now, I just use store bought curry paste and it works like a dream. I use…

Broccoli Curry Pesto Bowls

We all have that extremely healthy-vegetable-obsessed–foodie-vegan friend. Sometimes when “that friend” comes over for dinner I feel vague anxiety about what I could make that would be satisfying for the vegan and me, the never-ever-ever-vegan. I’m pleased to tell you that this delightful bowl of goodness has transcended the “what I make for vegans” category…

Spicy Portuguese Shrimp

At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to this recipe and in truth, there isn’t. It’s basically just a recipe for seasoned shrimp. Officially labeled Spicy Portuguese Shrimp with Garlic, I think this dish is a highly versatile base for any number of recipes. In the magazine they recommend serving it as is,…

Thai Lettuce Wraps

These are all my favorite flavors in one place. Fresh herbs: check. Crazy delicious salty sweet umami: check. Fresh lime: check. This was my first time making this super simplified version of thai “larb,” so I made a pork version and a chicken version to see which was better. Interestingly, they were both great and…

Tortilla(ish) Soup

This recipe’s name is a bit of a misnomer, because legit tortilla soup has actual tortilla strips in it. I’ve always found that to be more work than it’s worth, because really I just like eating this soup with tortilla chips on the side. This more-chili-like-chip-approach allows you to alternate between treating your soup like…

Miso Peanut Salmon Rice Bowls

I love a good rice bowl. I think half the recipes on this blog are rice bowls at this point. Well, here’s another one……..EXCEPT THIS ONE HAS SALMON. This is unexpectedly delicious, and just as flexible and adaptable as you need it to be, with whatever suits your fancy. Would make good leftover lunches as…

Pasta with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

This one really surprised me, coming out much better than anticipated. In the end, it’s a fairly simple recipe with a lot of good flavor. We ate it as an entree, but I see how it would work as a side too. Ingredients (Serves 3) 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, halved* Kosher salt 4…

“The Stew”

Have you heard of “The Stew” yet? If you are at all like me and your social media consumption is 95% food porn, then you probably have seen this viral phenomenon. Seriously, for a few months this winter, it was like everyone, everywhere, all at once, was obsessed with this single bowl of goodness. I…