Bolognese Sauce

bolognese

An ex-boyfriend taught me about Bolognese. Until then, I guess I’d always just made “spaghetti sauce” like a regular person who is from Texas and whose only experience with Italian food is from Olive Garden. When I saw him mincing carrots and celery for our sauce, I was like, “Whoa, dude. What is happening here?” […]

Dirt Cake

dirt cake

The Dirt Cake is something that many people grew up on. Not me. I think dirt cakes are indigenous to the American midwest which would explain why I’d never heard of them until I was well past voting age. That, and my mom was a devout sugar-hating hippie and dirt cake is almost 100% sugar. […]

Gummy Worms Recipe – Fruit-juice Sweetened

gummy worms recipe

I’ve gotcha a fruit-juice sweetened, natural gummy worms recipe right here for Halloween. But first, a spooky Halloween story. Halloween night, late 1980s. My family lived in the boonies so there were no good streets or even houses at which to trick or treat. All dressed up, my mom drove me and my brother into […]

Mango Coconut Smoothie

coconut-mango-smoothie

Mango and coconut together is one of the best partnerships around. This smoothing is a high-protein, low-carb, moderate-fat option that will keep you full all morning. If you have a coconut allergy or just don’t like the stuff, use a fresh banana instead for a creamy texture, but the smoothie will be higher in sugars […]

Vegan Caesar Salad

vegan caesar salad

Since we love Caesar salad, but I can’t be eating raw eggs right now ’cause fetuses don’t like raw eggs, I came up with an egg-free alternative for Caesar salad. Essentially a vegan Caesar salad. Except you can add cheese if you want! Glorious cheese!

Kale Salad with Goji Berries

kale salad with goji berries

The thing about kale salad as you’ve probably heard by now, is you need to massage it. Rub it down with some oil and salt, break up the fibrous veins and make it tender. Man, that sounds sexy.

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

easy peel boiled eggs

Gah! Guess what we’ve all been boiling eggs the wrong way. Or I have at least. For years I touted this method of hard boiling eggs and while it certainly works fine, I’d still end up with 30% of my eggs being a serious pain in the ass to peel. No matter how old they […]

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

The first time I had pad Thai was in Boston. I’ve mentioned before that I wasn’t a terribly cosmopolitan eater before moving to Boston, so many of my firsts happened there: bialys, mooshoo pancakes, mango lassi, and pad Thai. My boyfriend attended Berklee College and we’d often eat at a place right across from the […]

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

Our friends from Spain came to visit for my brother’s wedding last year and taught me how to make paella. Carlos and María José live in Málaga, but she is from Valencia (where some of the most famous paella is from) and Carlos’s dad is an excellent paellero (I think that’s what he called him, […]