Look it’s Tostadas

baked tostadas with refried beans and cabbage

I made tostadas the other day and felt super-duper accomplished. They’re easy, though. Very simple, really. Just goes to show you what “accomplished” has come to mean around our house, because it damn sure don’t mean getting any kind of work done. But, feeding yourself and your family is work so I pat myself on…

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(Vegan) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’ve been baking a lot since we’ve been home on Coronavirus quarantine. We aren’t sick, knock on wood, but have been laying low since Thursday before last which was only 14 days ago but feels like longer, not necessarily in a bad way, though. If you know what I mean. It’s okay if you don’t.…

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Stay at Home Food

You’ve heard the heed, so heed the call and please try to avoid the grocery stores as much as you can these days. It helps the employees and it helps your neighbors if you can just stay home. Personally I have always loved the challenge of pantry cooking, and as soon and Chris and I…

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Spring Seasonal Recipes

Spring is here! The days are getting longer and the mornings not so dreary. Baby leaves are unfurling like little green alien hands reaching out of the branches. Birds are nesting and it’s possible the first mosquitoes have already made their way into your underpants. After a cold winter, we’re finally starting to get some…

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Beer Cheese Soup

It’s history and comedy and beer cheese soup! In this episode of HilahCooking, I make a warming beer cheese soup while my friend Dawn Brodey tells the tale of George Washington’s Christmas morning battle of 1776. That’s the one where he crossed the Delaware river, but I swear I had never heard that it happened…

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Winter Seasonal Recipes

Winter seems to get a lot of people feeling kinda down in the dumps. The shorter days, not enough sunshine, the stress of holidays, the annoyance of wet shoes and jammed up jacket zippers. Not to mention, there’s nary a good tomato or peach in sight for the next six months. But even if we…

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Butternut Squash Risotto

A very simple vegetarian holiday side dish or main dish, butternut risotto is creamy and pretty and how many things can say that about themselves?! I started with my basic risotto recipe BUT I DIDN’T STOP THERE. Obviously. Instead, I added a cubed butternut squash to my simmering broth and let it soften up in…

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Jalapeño Fried Chicken

Jalapeño fried chicken! Boneless chicken marinated in pickled jalapeño brine, breaded with masa harina and fried crispy

I had the idea to marinate chicken in straight-up pickled jalapeños (see this copycat Chick-Fil-Gay for a pickle brine recipe!) and once that got started, it wasn’t a far leap to a Tex-Mex style fried chicken … and that means corn. To me, anyway. I took my standard super-crispy fried chicken recipe and changed it…

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Kabocha Squash Pie

kabocha squash pie with nut crust

Kabocha squash pie is incredibly better than any other kind of pumpkin pie, because the kabocha pumpkin is naturally denser and sweeter than even a sugar pie pumpkin. And fortunately for everyone, kabocha squash (aka Japanese pumpkin) are getting to be pretty easy to find in these modern days. They can look a little funky…

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