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. […]

HHH012 Q&A with Hilah and Chris

In episode 12 of Hilah’s Happy Hour, Chris and I answer questions from listeners! We cover topics like: how to choose a restaurant? how to make Brussels sprouts taste good? how to deep fry without burning down the house? what’s Tex-Mex? what’s my REAL passion??? Listen to the first episode Chris and I recorded here. […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is a great, edible gift for the people in your life who can’t eat any more cookies! But seriously, for years I’ve eschewed pre-mixed seasoning blends in favor of individual spices and combinations to suit my delicate whims. Put a kid into that sitch, though, and those lofty goals go straight down […]

Spicy Falafel

Crispy, spicy falafel make a delicious (and fairly easy-but-also-impressive) vegan lunch or dinner. Or even appetizer! Make them little bite-sized balls for snacking or bigger patties for turning into sandwiches or wraps. The trick to making falafel is to start with soaked but not cooked chickpeas. I know it seems wrong to American sensibilities to eat […]

HHH011 Interview with Lynn Chen

Lynn Chen is an actor, a writer, and a body image activist. I met Lynn when I moved to Los Angeles a couple years ago and she reached out through email, we had lunch together, and became quick friends. In addition to her YouTube channel which mostly explores different restaurants around LA, she also hosts a monthly […]

Cabbage and Kumquat Slaw

It’s the most magical time of year again: kumquat season! These teeny tiny citrus fruits are short-lived in stores and markets so get some while you can (just close your eyes, grab a handful and pretend you don’t see the $10 per pound price tag as you jam them in your pockets and walk out of the […]

Chunky Beef Tacos

These chunky beef tacos might look familiar — they’re a ripoff of Chile Colorado, but that’s usually made with pork. These are a simple and a great way to use beef stew meat (besides in beef stew, though if you want that, I have two: vegetable beef stew and beer beef stew). Chile colorado is […]

Chorizo fried rice

Chorizo fried rice is great for a quick breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner. I’d heard of bacon fried rice before and I had some really excellent chorizo in the fridge and I figured bacon and chorizo have about the same amount of fat so it ought to work. And it does. See??? Here’s picture proof! The recipe […]