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 […]

Mini Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

I was researching choux pastry to see what other kinds of things could be done with it (it’s so fun and versatile if you’ve never tried it, start here with gougeres and then make churros) and I got stopped in my tracks when I spotted this recipe for choux au craquelin. I was like, what? […]

Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

Watch the salsa video on YouTube! I’ve been working on this chile de arbol salsa for at least five years. My first serious notes about it are dated summer of 2012, but I’d been trying out variations before then. You may not know, when we started this cooking show and website in 2010, I had […]

Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

Watch the Empanadas Recipe Video on YouTube! These spicy black bean empanadas are filled with black beans, corn and some sauteed vegetables but the star of the show is the empanada dough. My empanada dough is made with cream cheese and butter which makes it very flaky and tender. I add a little cornmeal, too, […]

Satan’s Hairy (Meat) Balls

I came across a recipe for “Sea Anemones” in an old cookbook of my grandmother Hornsby’s. The book is called Hawaii Cookbook & Backyard Luau by Elizabeth Ahn Toupin. “Sea Anemones” are meatballs made with minced shrimp and rolled in broken vermicelli noodles which have the marvelous property of puffing into white, wormy strands when […]