Easter Menu 2017

I wrote last year of my somewhat uneasy relationship with religious holidays like Easter. I’m not religious; I’m not a believer; I’m maybe a little spiritual (whatever that means). Not to say I hold it against the faithful ones. Not at all. I could be completely wrong and maybe there is a God up there […]

HHH013 Interview w..

In episode 13 (ooh!) of Hilah’s Happy Hour, I interview Melissa Maker, the brains behind the Clean My Space empire. Melissa started a home cleaning business in Toronto in 2006, which led to the creation of the Clean my Space YouTube channel, her own line of cleaning cloths, and most recently to her first book: Clean my […]

Jackfruit Tinga To..

I’ve wanted to experiment with green jackfruit for years — since I tried some vegan bbq jackfruit at a party once. This is a riff on chicken tinga which is from Puebla, Mexico: shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce. This jackfruit tinga uses the same sort of sauce made from onion, tomato and chipotle. It’s very […]

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 Cupcake..

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 wi..

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 Seas..

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 w..

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 […]