Taco Pockets! Homemade Hot Pockets

I’m calling these “taco pockets” because it has a nice ring to it, but they’re really just homemade Hot Pockets. Except I don’t think Hot Pockets has a “taco” flavor; or at least they didn’t start out that way. I know because I used to eat a shitload of Hot Pockets when I was in […]

Moqueca – Brazilian Seafood Stew

Moqueca is a dead-simple, Brazilian seafood stew characterized by coconut milk, bell peppers and dendê oil. Dendê oil is also known as red palm oil. Red palm oil is pressed from the fruit of oil palm trees and has a beautiful bright orange-red color. Its taste is somewhat meaty; its fragrance is slightly of anise; it’s […]

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken enchilada casserole is the casserole I put together when I was pregnant to store in the freezer for an easy dinner. It’s also the casserole I’ll often make when someone’s had a baby (or a funeral). Enchilada casseroles are great because you can take all the shortcuts, or just some of them. Make your own salsa […]

Tex-Mex Latkes

These crispy, Tex-Mex potato latkes are jazzed up with chiles and salty cotija cheese. I love chiles with potatoes and this is one of the best ways to eat them both: fried 😉 A couple of pointers for the best latkes: Grate the potatoes by hand and grate 2/3-3/4 of them on the large holes and […]

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

These peanut butter and jelly bars are a great kids’ snack to keep around! Sweet enough to interest them, but not full of refined sugar. Whole grain oatmeal, dried fruit, peanut butter — these are wholesome as hell, y’all! Chef Baby likes these for breakfast sometimes, or for a snack to take to the park. […]

Vegetarian Tamales de Rajas con Queso

My favorite tamales are filled with roasted chiles and cheese. Whenever the “tamale lady” would stop by my old office, I’d get a dozen and eat half of them before lunch break even came around. They were still hot because she carried them in a cooler, wrapped up in fat foil bundles. The hot hot […]

Homemade Toffee Recipe

I don’t do much candy, namely because it’s a little finicky and much prefer focusing my energy on things more in line with my impatient personality. BUT this almond toffee is pretty damn easy.  The butter keeps it nice and chewable — no jaw-breaker here! — and as long as you have a thermometer the rest […]

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This was an experiment that worked out. Real, REAL good. I needed to use up some pumpkin puree after shooting my homemade pumpkin puree video. I remembered a recipe I made several years ago, a butternut squash and shrimp soup with a coconut milk base, that was AB FAB. And you know, pumpkin is so similar […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes — smooth, buttery, rich and savory — are one of my favorite foods. When fresh and hot and fluffy, there’s not much better to eat. These are the kind of mashed potatoes you want on your plate with your chicken fried steak and cream gravy. These are the ones to serve with […]