On French Onion Toast & Cowboy Chili

Recently, I’ve been asked a few times about how I handle dishes that I didn’t like or wouldn’t make again. These could have been dishes that either just turned out bad (because not every recipe out there is going to work out the way it says it will) or they just didn’t suit mine or…

On Beef Empanadas (aka. The Not-A-Runza Runza)

So, let’s get real with food right now: Empanada. I can’t exactly pinpoint my desire to eat/make these yummy little pastry pockets of powerful flavor, but all I can say is, YES PLEASE! Funny enough, I had my very first empanada in Chicago after helping one of my fellow MFA cohorts move, and it happened…

On Quick Bruschetta

Holy smokes! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and my apologies for not posting sooner! I’ve been cooking and photographing, and attempting to write up posts and edit my photos, but then I get distracted with packing because we are moving at the end of the month! I know that’s a ways away, but this…

On Improvised Mexican Pizzas

It’s Friday night, it was a particularly long week, and I decided that cooking was not specifically on my radar, at least nothing complicated. But looking in my fridge, I notice left over chicken breasts (the kind that are individually packaged are my favorite so I’m not pressured to use an entire package in one…

On Lemon Chicken & Rice

So, I’m starting to get more and more into one pot meals, because I’m also noticing that, especially during the middle of the week, the last thing I want to do after a full 8 hour work day is cook something overly complicated or time consuming (we’re talking more than 45 minutes of prep, unless…

On Avocado Toast & Omelettes [Yes, Omelettes!]

So, with my very own Cooking Mama in town for a weekend, she definitely wanted to make a point of making eggs and having me try it, especially since I had mentioned that I wanted to work with eggs more and relearn how to like them. It’s not that I forgot, but I forgot…so, to…

On Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Given my Chinese background, I can’t help but fall back into old habits from time to time, craving those really deep and earthy flavors I grew up in, and thankfully, Frankie has been a trooper in trying new flavors and dishes that perhaps he was never all too familiar with. One of the things I…

On Chocolate Chip Cookies

In what ended up being a 4 part experiment in nailing the perfect chocolate chip cookie…I did what anyone at their wits end would have done. I asked my mom! With this batch, I did the butter traditionally, softening it using a cool trick because my kitchen is almost the second coldest room in our…

On Fried Pickles

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a failed fried pickle experience, as shown. Ugh, it’s so sad…but okay, there’s no point in ruminating over the past, but rather, it’s time to get busy! I present: The Great Pickle Experiment! I was absolutely determined to get something from my fancy hot dog dinner…

On Slow Cooker Barbacoa Taco

TACO TUESDAY!! OH MY GOSH! It’s my favorite day of the week, next to certain Mondays. Mondays, you might ask? Yes, but only a special kind of Monday! The kind where, no matter how crappy my Monday started, it ends amazingly because around 4pm, Frankie decides we should go out and treats us both to…

On Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits

Last Saturday was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I mean, it was dress and no sweater weather at a balmy sixty degrees! So what better way to spend the day enjoying some cloudless sunshine than with a trip to the park to run out the pup. He chased the ball, found another dog to play with, took a…

On Saturday Morning Biscuits & Breakfast In General

Last Saturday was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I mean, it was dress and no sweater weather at a balmy sixty degrees! So what better way to spend the day enjoying some cloudless sunshine than with a trip to the park to run out the pup. He chased the ball, found another dog to play with, took a…