Winter! – Spicy Sausage Soup

Honestly, I don’t love soup. I mean…it’s alright. But I’ll choose a solid food option over soup any day and everyday. I’ll even choose dry noodles over soup noodles. Don’t you feel hungry soon after having an entire meal of soup? I always go to bed stomach rumbling, bemoaning the fact that I chose to…

Braces – Cheese Grits with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Peas

When my mother informed me that I would be getting braces I, bucktoothed 12 year old with nary a straight tooth in my mouth, declared that my teeth were just fine as they were. My upper and lower jaws stacked perfectly on top of each other – that incisor jutting out like a narwhal’s tusk…

Burnout – Banana Pudding in Jars

This week, I finally got my hands on a cookbook I’d been lusting after for months – A Common Table. It was everything I hoped it would be and more – an intimate picture of the modern Asian American family through a loving hodgepodge of cuisines and flavors. The author, Cynthia Chen McTernan, is a…

2019 – Meatballs in Sherry Tomato Cream Sauce

Somehow, it’s already March. As one gets older, time seems to flow faster. More aggressively. And this past week, it’s really been beating me over the head. I don’t remember Daylight Savings ever clobbering me like this before. The night of the time change I dove into bed a little after midnight, completely oblivious to…

Great Resolutions – Apple Honey Challah

I put off writing this blog post for months. Not for lack of inspiration, really. Mostly because this recipe is long and complicated and every time I think about sitting down to write it out I suddenly have many other pressing things to do.  Tonight I’m putting all those urgent matters aside. The thick layer…

Dog Days of Autumn – Apple Pie

There is only one member in our little family of three who enjoys apples. No one loves the sprawling apple tree in the backyard more than our Tofu boy. Each morning he makes a mad dash to its trunk to bark furiously at any squirrels who have the audacity to encroach on his backyard. He…

Raspberry Mango Trifle with Passionfruit Curd

PSA: If you would like to view pictures of the cutest puppy of all time, scroll straight to the bottom. Then scroll back up for my glorious iPhone food photos.  It feels as though summer is waning. The food world is trumpeting late summer produce, the mornings and nights grow cooler, and back to school…

Happy 4th – Cheddar-Stuffed Guacamole Burgers

It is mere coincidence that the day I sit down to dust the cobwebs off my food blog also happens to be the day of our glorious American independence. It is also serendipitous happenstance that the subject of today’s post is burgers, the most American of American foods. There are many things I could say…

Practice Makes Perfect – Eggs Benedict Doughnuts

There’s something masochistic about watching videos of young music prodigies on YouTube to wile away my precious time and make myself feel awful about my thoroughly average musical abilities. It hurts. But I keep doing it. In recent months I’ve tried dusting off my bow and revisiting the tried and true favorites whose fingerings and…

Two Poems – Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

too fast couldn’t stop heart skipped a beat then I looked in my rear view mirror to see slick, rain-kissed asphalt blissfully squirrel-gut free hey you you in the left lane we the people with places to go people to see jobs to do deadlines to meet speedometers that work feet on the gas not so…

Spoiled – Instant Pot Japanese Pork Belly (Kakuni)

I had a long whirlwind week of nonstop meetings in a windowless room, networking parties and dinners filled with shouted conversations over pounding music, and late night I-must-finish-this-deck-before-tomorrow hotel room work sessions. Then the conference ended and the Mister came to pick me up. We were soon happily zipping down the carpool lane toward home…

Procrastination – Lemon and Cranberry Stripe Cake

I baked this cake last year. Twice. Once for Friendsgiving and once again in December specifically for this blog. Last year, you say? Last year was but twenty one days ago! Be careful my friend, that’s a slippery slope you’re on. Just yesterday I was cooking two bowls of Easy Mac in my dorm mate’s…