Rissole Potatoes (like at the Palace Cafe!)

rissole potatoes

Rissole Potatoes video (scroll down for recipe) Chris and I have been to New Orleans a few times together and we always have at least one meal at the Palace Cafe. They have the best rissole potatoes I’ve ever had. Traditionally, they are new potatoes peeled bare, parboiled, then crisped in butter. At the Palace […]

Steak Fries With Veracruz Ranch Dip

steak fries recipe

Steak Fries recipe video (scroll down for printable recipe) This recipe and video was created in partnership with Hidden Valley Ranch. Get the original Veracruz Ranch Dip recipe and over 100 more dip recipes and combinations at DipGenius. Most people might think of steak fries as a thing to go with steak. Not so. Well, […]

Chorizo Cornbread Dressing

Chorizo Cornbread Dressing

Chorizo cornbread dressing video (scroll down for printable recipe) I guess it was two years ago now that I came up with this variation on my grandma’s cornbread dressing recipe. I say “variation” but it’s so far from her recipe that it really should be in a class of its own. This is a very […]

Coconut Noodles (or Zoodles!)

coconut noodles

Coconut Noodles Video (Scroll down for printable recipe) I made this for a last-minute side dish to take to a pool party. I have the most best friends because they always welcome my food experiments as willing guinea pigs and even offer constructive feedback. Though this coconut noodle salad evidently needed no adjustments because it […]

Caprese Pasta Salad

caprese pasta salad

Caprese Pasta salad video (scroll down for printable recipe) This is one of the simplest pasta salads one could make, and probably everyone in the world — or at the potluck — loves it. Instead of balsamic vinegar, I use white wine or champagne vinegar with a little sugar added to keep the color of […]

Smoky Black Beans

black beans recipe

Y’all, about soaking beans. Don’t do it. Don’t believe me? Please just try it anyway. Maybe some beans, big’uns like lima beans or fava beans could use a little soak. I very rarely cook with those so I haven’t tried it. But little’uns like black beans and pinto beans and navy beans? Don’t even bother. […]

Charro Beans

charro beans recipe

“Frijoles de Charro” translates into  “cowboy beans” and are the Mexican equivalent of Ranch style beans, but just like homemade Ranch style beans, they are many times better than canned Ranch-style beans and quite different. Characterized by lots of bacon and tomatoes, charro beans are rich enough to stand on their own, or rather, sit on […]

Smashed Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Mustard and Thyme

Smashed Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Mustard and Thyme

Smashed Roasted Potatoes Video (scroll down for printable recipe) I’ve seen pictures of smashed roasted potatoes all over the internet recently and they reminded me maybe of the potato rissoles we had several times at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Lucky me, they are pretty similar in texture — creamy inside, crunchy salty outside — but way […]

Spicy Black-eyed Pea Salad

blackeye pea salad

With the new baby sucking up all my time, I have just about zero hours a day to cook, so things that can be made in advance are the tops, as are things that can be begun and then halted for 2-48 hours until I get a chance to get back in the kitchen and finish them. […]