Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

I was fortunate to have a Swedish meatball recipe in the collection I inherited from my grandmother. I tried them out for the first time last Christmas as part of my Christmas Around the World series. I emailed with Sophie from Sweden to get the scoop on Swedish food and she gave this recipe the […]

Twice-Baked Potato..

Twice-Baked Potatoes

When I was a young’un, twice-baked potatoes seemed SO FANCY. The kind of thing only rich people ate at their country clubs. I think that might be because around that time, the mid 80s, country clubs and rich people and fancy food were on my radar thanks to the movie Trading Places, which is an […]

Easter Season Ramb..


It’s been just over one year since my grandmother Hornsby passed away. It’s taken this long to get all her affairs in order (bless my little brother for handling all that) and over the last week we’ve been emptying the storage shed where her knicks and knacks and pots and pans and lipsticks and candlesticks […]



Baklava is a dessert as old as time, to use the phrase loosely. Originating from Turkey probably in the 15th century but perhaps earlier, this layered pastry has now spread throughout the Balkans and Middle East: Serbia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia, Greece. The recipe varies slightly from country to country and region to […]

Orange Spice Coffe..

Orange Spice Coffee Cocktail

Orange Spice Coffee Cocktail! 2 Shots 1 Take with Skyy John, the Tipsy Bartender! We shot this back in November, 2013 and then promptly lost the footage somewhere amongst our myriad hard drives, SD cards, secret safety deposit boxes and Swiss bank accounts. But now it has been FOUND! Skyy and I make my warming […]

Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice Recipe

Though I’ve been specific with the ingredients here, you can also use this as a basic fried rice recipe to jump off from and add whatever vegetable or meat bits you happen to have. Typical Chinese restaurant fried rice (in the US anyway) includes egg, peas, carrots and green onions. Slightly fancier restaurants may also […]

Egg Roll Recipe

Egg Roll Recipe

From what I gathered on the internet, the egg rolls you find at Chinese restaurants are evolved from the more delicate spring rolls actually found in China. Spring rolls are so called because they are served in the spring time, and at Chinese New Year. Egg rolls are so called because the wrappers (or “skins”) […]

Black Bean Quinoa ..

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

The problem with so many veggie burger recipes is the blah, mushy texture. Not these, boyee! Black bean quinoa burgers are high-protein and nutrient-dense. I added minced kale though you can use spinach, but kale gives a more interesting texture. Mashed black beans, chewy quinoa, crunchy almonds and a smidge of cheese (optional!) make sure these […]

Filet-O-Fish Copyc..

Filet-O-Fish Copycat

I say “copycat” but really, this version is much tastier than the McDonald’s Filet O Fish sandwich, and more filling with less calories. I think you’ll agree that this isn’t the first time a copycat recipe turned out better than the original. Though I don’t celebrate Lent, I found an article last week explaining how […]