Jalapeño Cheese Mashed Potatoes

I love the fresh jalapeño bits in these cheesy mashed potatoes. Depending on your taste — and your jalapeños since some are hotter than others — use 1-2 per pound of potatoes. Remove the seeds and membranes if you want the jalapeño flavor without the heat. These jalapeño cheese mashed potatoes are delicious along side […]

Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

I was invited to a potluck last year, a short while before we were moving to Los Angeles. This meant that our pantry was almost bare, since I am of the “eat all the food before you move even if that means you eat Parmesan cheese rinds and rice for a week” school of thought. I […]

Sweet Potatoes vs Yams vs Taro vs Yuca

Mostly, I’m writing this post about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams and taro and yuca because I need to get it straight myself! You can watch the video on YouTube! Sweet Potatoes True (botanical) Sweet Potatoes are pictured below. Alternate names are kumara (New Zealand) camote (Mexico) and yam (USA). There are several […]

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? […]

Corn Casserole

This is kind of like Jiffy corn casserole without the Jiffy. And I don’t mean it takes a long time. It’s still pretty fast! I was about 13 I think when my uncle dated a lady named Greta for a short while. She came to one Thanksgiving with our family and brought “Greta’s corn casserole”. […]

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, […]

Orange Aioli

A simple sauce to go with these black bean empanadas or on top of simply cooked fish or chicken. Before everyone gets up in arms, I know that this does not meet the technical qualifications of an aioli. For one thing, I didn’t even put the umlaut over the “i”! But seriously, aioli is defined […]

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 […]