My mom is an expert at making efficient dinners with lots of leftovers. I’m terrible at leftovers – both at making enough food to have leftovers and, on the off chance I’m successful at that, at then coming up with something we won’t tire of after the second or third spaghetti lunch. This tomato eggplant stew passes both tests. A large batch comes together without a fuss and we’re still singing its praises on day 6 of leftovers.
DIY Sushi at Home: A Video Collaboration
A food blogger friend I’ve never met in person recently observed that it seems Japanese is my favorite cuisine. My obsession is THAT transparent. Back in college, you would never have guessed that 10 years down the line, I’d have fallen so hard into a sushi love affair to the point of making DIY sushi at home WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Maple Bacon Fat Caramels
Does your loved one have a thing for bacon? Even if they wouldn’t classify their relationship with bacon as a thing, you should turn it into a thing by making them a batch of homemade maple bacon fat caramels for Valentine’s Day. And maybe a whole slew of these other DIY bacon gifts I made last year. Bring on the bacon!
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Red Currant Filling
This post is basically a one-stop shop to finding a sweet Valentine for that special someone. Since google analytics tells me y’all are about 88% women, by special someone I mean: you. Treat yo’ self! With a gluten-free double chocolate cupcake with raspberry red currant filling, a hand-forged bracelet, and a book about love. (For the other 12% of you, take notes.)
Blood Orange and Sage Sparkling Soda
Our glassware cabinet is filled with mason jars and a few mismatched Ikea glasses that haven’t broken yet. The great thing about mason jars is that they’re virtually indestructible – if only I had a dollar for every time my slippery fingers dropped a glass in the sink. The paper-thin glasses holding this blood orange and sage sparkling soda are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum; dangerously lighter than disposable plastic crystal cut cups, they threaten to crumble if you grab just a little too firmly.
My non-rational side couldn’t resist their delicacy, so I bought a pair and immediately filled them with something lovely before I had a chance to crush them with my superhuman grip.
Don’t expect to see them again. There’s a reason I can’t have nice things.
Buttermilk Fried Tofu Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Yogurt Cabbage Slaw
These Buttermilk Fried Tofu Tacos are for those days you really need comfort food. Like Monday, for example. The day after Lucas left for China. The day the freshly hung front dining room curtains ripped out of the wall. Before we point fingers, it’s not Lucas’s fault. He rushed to get my double curtain rod up minutes before he had to leave, and in the process, discovered that our landlord hadn’t put the previous brace in a stud. Lucas quickly threw a drywall screw in, worried it wouldn’t hold. Guess what? It didn’t hold.
No problem, though. I’m handy.
Chocolate Mochi Mug Cake
Among many important life lessons, my parents instilled in me one fundamental truth: dessert follows dinner. No sooner do I finish my last bite of dinner than I crave something sweet to wash it down. Tonight I’ll be making my second batch of these chocolate mochi mug cakes. This sweet tooth is programmed into my genes.
Gluten-free Scallion Pancakes
Sometimes a recipe idea pops in my head seemingly from nowhere at all (the recipe gods?). Take these gluten-free scallion pancakes, for example. I’d never eaten a scallion pancake. Not once in my whole life. In fact, I’m not even sure I’d ever even seen a picture of scallion pancakes when I decided they were my next conquest. This blind recipe testing is not a new phenomena for me – I did the same thing when I set out to make spicy pork bibimbap two years ago. There’s something about the mystery of it all.
On the one hand, this sets the bar pretty low since I have nothing to compare them against. On the other hand, how will I know if the scallion pancakes turn out like…scallion pancakes?