Vegetarian Stroganoff

I wanted to make something that tastes like a Philly cheesesteak, but with pasta and with no steak. So that leaves cheese and peppers and onions. And mushrooms I swear I’ve seen on some cheesesteaks but I’ve never been to Philly so I don’t know if that’s standard. Doesn’t really matter I guess, since I’m […]

California Chicken Salad

What makes this chicken salad a California chicken salad??? Let’s talk about it. I’m leaning hard on avocado for the answer. Avocado is in, or on, everything here. But also … poppy seed dressing! Because the poppy is California’s state flower! See?!? Pretty proud of myself for that one. The poppy seed dressing I used here is made with […]

HHH014 Interview with Chef John | Food Wishes

Interview with Chef John Mitzewich, creator of Food Wishes! Chef John is a YouTube legend. He started his channel and recipe website in 2007 then partnered with the AllRecipes site in 2011. His videos are known for funny voiceover and commentary combined with delicious recipes you can make at home. In this podcast interview with Chef John, we talk about how […]

Macaroni Salad

This is a slight variation on the macaroni salad my mom used to make when I was a kid. I have such fond memories of that salad that I even included it in my Learn to Cook book! To me, it’s the classic, creamy macaroni salad that everyone thinks of when they think of awkward family […]

Easter Menu 2017

I wrote last year of my somewhat uneasy relationship with religious holidays like Easter. I’m not religious; I’m not a believer; I’m maybe a little spiritual (whatever that means). Not to say I hold it against the faithful ones. Not at all. I could be completely wrong and maybe there is a God up there […]

HHH013 Interview with Melissa Maker | Clean My Space

In episode 13 (ooh!) of Hilah’s Happy Hour, I interview Melissa Maker, the brains behind the Clean My Space empire. Melissa started a home cleaning business in Toronto in 2006, which led to the creation of the Clean my Space YouTube channel, her own line of cleaning cloths, and most recently to her first book: Clean my […]

Jackfruit Tinga Tostadas

I’ve wanted to experiment with green jackfruit for years — since I tried some vegan bbq jackfruit at a party once. This is a riff on chicken tinga which is from Puebla, Mexico: shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce. This jackfruit tinga uses the same sort of sauce made from onion, tomato and chipotle. It’s very […]

Kumquat Margaritas

Still basking in the glow of kumquat season (and my everlasting love of tequila) I woke up Saturday morning on a mission to come up with a top-notch kumquat margarita recipe. That was a long day. But I was successful and here’s what I did for one kumquat margarita: If you like this margarita recipe, […]

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

The best part about making these strawberry cupcakes is how the smell of strawberries fills the kitchen when you’re making the strawberry puree. When I was a kid, we’d visit my great-granny every summer in east Tennessee. Most of the time her trailer smelled like Ivory bath soap, with a soft undercurrent of mildewed plastic. […]