Green Bean Casserole

The ubiquitous Thanksgiving side dish. It’s really simple, but when you put the right amounts of everything it really makes it great! Serves 8-10 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1/2c milk or cream 1t soy sauce 6-8 c green beans, preferably sliced diagonally 2-1/2c crispy fried onions (I like to use crispy jalapeƱo pieces … Read more

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas

I had some leftover peppers from when I made Hunan Beef so I threw them together with some tomatoes, onions and cumin and it turned out pretty well! I didn’t measure anything so these are estimates. First I sauteed together: Peppers – I had a takeout dish full of chopped tiger skin and anaheim peppers. … Read more

Ramadan Salmon & Rice

One night I was surfing TikTok and found this super yummy recipe. 1 whole red onion, chopped 1T chopped garlic (3 cloves) a swirl of olive oil 1T honey 1t paprika 1t ancho chili powder (mild but flavorful) 1t cumin 1/2t salt a few grinds of pepper 4 narrow salmon filets (1 pound)2c cooked rice … Read more

Almost-Homemade Cake

While I do have recipes for from-scratch cake – and I’ve even made them – a boxed cake is somehow so much easier. But is it delicious? Not particularly. I found a series of online recipes that claimed you could “doctor” box cake mix to make it taste super-yum. But really, if you’re adding this … Read more

Kale Date Plum Salad

I can never get enough salads in the summer and I’m always looking for new combos. This was a good one! Several handfuls of kale, sliced into ribbons1 peach, nectarine or plum – cut into small chunks (in the photo they’re wedges; but that’s harder to eat)4 dates, chopped into large pieces 1T sunflower seeds … Read more

Chicken Birria

I saw an amazing-looking recipe on TikTok and did a little research to back it up and confirm the quantities. While a lot of recipes online suggest 2 varieties of chilis, he uses 3 – I’m sure his is better. The number of chiles I list below makes a sauce that has a nice level … Read more

Classic Egg Salad

Egg salad isn’t hard or mysterious. But I was at my friend Birdie’s house for a cookout recently and the egg salad was out of this world! Birdie is one of the best cooks I know so it wan’t surprising; but she said she had found a recipe that told her to add a little … Read more

Dry Rub for BBQ Ribs

I love country style ribs. While the easy way is to just coat them in BBQ sauce and stick them in the oven, the flavor is significantly enhanced if you coat them in a dry rub first. Makes 1-1/2c of rub, which is enough for at least 6-8 big meaty ribs 3/4c packed dark brown … Read more