Chicken tortilla soup

I found this recipe on Pinterest of all places – and it’s both easy to make and super yummy! A full tablespoon of chili pepper gives it a heat that lingers on the tongue without setting your mouth on fire; the sour cream (and optional cheese) cools that a bit. 1T butter or chee or … Read more

Cherry Pie

It was my mom’s 81st birthday (or would have been) yesterday; and since she always asked for cherry pie instead of birthday cake, I decided to make one in her honor. I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (the same folks who gave me this awesome bagels recipe). But I’ve got a few notes: … Read more

Oatmeal-chocolate-chip-raisin cookies

The top note in this recipe is definitely the oatmeal. Meaning, your first bite tells your brain, “This is an oatmeal cookie.” The raisins give it the chew and fruity sweetness I find I can’t do without in an oatmeal cookie; and the chocolate chips just bring the whole thing home. I’m thinking that some … Read more

Pork Shoulder Roast

In winter, my craving for bone-in roast meat always skyrockets – and a pork shoulder roast is one of my favorites. Not only do I absolutely love the juicy, crispy garlic-y flavor of the meat, but it’s also quite inexpensive – about $5/pound. Plus, it’s the one bone-in roast that Whole Foods consistently carries. (Trader … Read more

Chinese Crispy Cauliflower

This is the most unique method for making cauliflower I’ve ever come across. After trying it, I would say that it isn’t that much different than regular roasted cauliflower?? It didn’t make as much batter as I was expecting. The reipe calls for a kung pao sauce that is a fairly involved process of roasting … Read more

Pineapple Chicken, Chinese-takeout style

This was delicious and easy to make. The little chicken pieces were remarkably tender and fluffy and delicious. 3 chicken thighs, cut into 1″ cubes1T shaoxing wine (or dry sherry) 1/3c cornstarch 4T peanut oil Sauce:3/4c pineapple juice (If there’s too much less than that in the can, add some chicken broth)2T soy sauce 2T … Read more