Cranberry Pistachio Salsa with Goat Cheese

A dear family friend in Texas made this dish a few years ago, and my reaction to it was so disproportionately huge and effusive that she (being an extremely classy and thoughtful woman) promptly mailed me a copy of the cookbook it came from. This dish would be a festive and impressive crowd pleasing appetizer…

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

I grew up with Hoppin’ John as a New Years food: black eyed peas, ham hock, onion, celery, a few spices. Eating black eyed peas on New Years to bring good luck is a Southern tradition that my supremely superstitious Yankee mother felt strongly about, and so we ate it every year. Unfortunately, I HATED…

Banh Mi Bowls

This dish is a winner. As I’ve made clear, I love making meatballs. I especially love meatballs that have completely different flavor profiles than your run-of-the-mill italian variety, and this recipe is EVERYTHING I could ever hope for. As with everything we post here, pretty much all of this recipe is adaptable to whatever you…

Abel’s Famous Bloody Mary

I try to keep the long-winded origin stories on these recipes to a minimum, but sorry folks, this one is worth it. It all started on Thanksgiving day, four years ago. It was Abel’s and my first Thanksgiving together, and we were hosting a friends-giving at my house. I had told him that I love…

Scrambles

Wildwood Scramble I’m an egg fan. I am constantly making scrambles with whatever leftovers I can find in the fridge. My scrambles used to be much more meat centric, but recently I’ve really grown to love the variety and flavors that come from vegetables. I stumbled upon this combination while cleaning out the refrigerator after…

Scrapple

Some history. Scrapple is something I’ve been coming to terms with since first being introduced to it by my wife some 20 years ago. If you’re from within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia there is no time you weren’t aware of scrapple and in fact, a life without it may seem inconceivable. Scrapple dates…

Mexican Chicken Skillet

For what seems like a very basic dish, this recipe packs a lot of flavor, while also managing to remain mostly healthy. As an added bonus, it’s a one pot dish. Ingredients. Serves 3. Mexican Seasoning Mix. 1 tablespoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon…

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pepitas

I never thought I’d be such a sucker for gourd-based soups. Here’s a fun new word I just learned, cucurbitaceous. It means of or pertaining to the gourd family. So one might say, I never thought I’d be such a sucker for cucurbitaceous soups. Also, for those who don’t know, pepitas are a type of…

Pasta Primavera

My roommate for life has a thing for pasta primavera. To be honest, I’ve never totally understood it. Given a choice, I would order pretty much any other type of pasta dish, every time, hands down. BUT, I love him, so recently I thought I would try my hand at making it at home. I’m…

Lomi Salmon

Warning: this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for. This is the dish I would take to my desert island with me if I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life. Salmon lovers only read on. Lomi Salmon was taught to our dad by our Uncle Harry, who is Hawaiian….