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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Elvira’s Adraka Kozerole

Elvira's Adraka Kozerole Recipe

Inspired by my hero, Elvira, and the dinner scene in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, I present Elvira’s Adraka Kozerole. If you’ve seen the movie, the dinner scene is one of the most memorable. It was to me, anyway. Watch the HilahCooking Halloween special video now to see how to make Elvira’s Adraka Kozerole! Picture…

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Kabocha Pumpkin Salad

kabocha squash salad with avocado dressing

Roasted kabocha pumpkin salad. Look at this gorgeous thing! If you’re unfamiliar with kabocha squash, you may know it by the name Japanese pumpkin. Or maybe you’ve really never seen one. I hadn’t seen one until a couple of years ago. I feel like they just recently have hit the US markets en masse. But…

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Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

Our new favorite way with green beans – roasted with lots of olive oil, whole garlic and cherry tomatoes. The oil and tomatoes break down into thick, savory sauce and the garlic gets caramelized – perfect for mopping up with a hunk of sourdough bread. Or dump the whole pan on top of a pot…

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Roasted Okra

roasted okra how to roast okra

If you’ve ever wondered if you can roast okra or if one could roast okra, wonder no more. Because roasted okra can be done and more importantly, it should be done. For real, after I finally tried roasting okra, I forgot why I ever fried it (besides the obvious crispy reasons). Roasted okra becomes chewy…

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Sweet Peach Cornbread Cake

Sweet peach cornbread cake. For lovers of cake and lovers of sweet cornbread, this cornbread cake is a hit

This sweet peach cornbread cake recipe started out as a peach upside down cake recipe but as I was eating that cake, it occurred to me that a sweet cornbread cake was something I had never had and wanted to try very badly. So before my first cake had even cooled, I was on to…

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Vegan Picadillo Crispy Tacos

Vegan crispy taco filling with no beans! Mushrooms, vegetables, spices, and some walnuts or pecans for healthy fats and great texture. Serve this vegan picadillo inside crispy taco shells or soft tortillas with your choice of toppings. Also great as a taco salad!

Yummy vegan picadillo made with minced fresh mushrooms, grated cauliflower or zucchini, lots of spices and chopped walnuts. Perfect for vegan crispy tacos or taquitos!

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How to Eat More Vegetables

Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is kind of a lot, once you factor in all the servings of whole grain bread and oatmeal and pasta and eggs and cheese and meat (and donuts?) that we are also supposed to eat every day. The pressure is immense!! And unfortunately, a serving of vegetables…

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