Macaroni Salad

This is a slight variation on the macaroni salad my mom used to make when I was a kid. I have such fond memories of that salad that I even included it in my Learn to Cook book! To me, it’s the classic, creamy macaroni salad that everyone thinks of when they think of awkward family […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Ooh lala! If you’re looking for a super easy thing to make that kids and grown-ups will all eat, creamy orzo with mushrooms is the thing. Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta (orzo means barley in Italian) that is most often used in soups, but I like to cook it as a side dish and […]

Winter Salad

Here’s a new meaning of “wintry mix” for ya. A sort of slaw: A winter salad of Napa cabbage, apples, celery and citrus. Napa cabbage is one of my favorite salad ingredients because it’s crisp and mild and can be eaten freshly dressed (like a lettuce salad) or left to marinate a couple of hours […]

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 […]

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Horseradish and potatoes go together so well, maybe because they both grow in the dirt? Horseradish mashed potatoes therefore go together well with anything that goes with horseradish, too. Like lamb, or roast beef, or grilled ribeye steak. Prepared horseradish is usually kept in the refrigerator aisle of the grocery store. It’s just been peeled […]

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 […]

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”. […]