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  1. Shane on October 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hey Hilah,

    So after some research i found this:
    Hope it helps,

    Love from Ireland,
    Shane Chubb

    • Hilah on October 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Shane!
      This is great! I love trying new kinds of peppers!
      What part of Ireland do you live in? I’ve been to Dublin and Galway.

  2. Shane on October 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I live in Tallaght, Dublin. Love the show 😀


  3. Inge Schön-Valdez on November 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Hilah,

    I’m (finally) getting ready to make that vegan chocolate cake! Anyway, would it be possible to have your web-page designer person add a link to print only the recipe and directions to each item? That would make it so much easier and I don’t have to get a writing cramp to copy it off the computer…

    Just a suggestion :). Have a great day/week/month. I AM thankful for YOU for having brought us a REAL cooking “class” that doesn’t require fancy kitchen gadgets that us po’ folk can’t afford!



    • Inge Schön-Valdez on November 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Update: The cake is baking – yah – had to make a quick run to the store for the oil, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

      What I did in the meantime was to copy and paste the recipe and instructions into a new e-mail and printed THAT out. Getting carried away now, I also emailed it to myself then saved it to a new folder for recipes only…lol … but I still think it would be cool to have a link here on the website to print those out directly … just sayin’… 🙂

      • Hilah on November 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        That is a great idea, Inge, and one we have thought about. I’ll try to make that happen as soon as I get a chance. In the mean time, great improvising! 🙂

        • Inge Schön-Valdez on November 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm

          Thank you :). Yeah, I figured y’all would have already thought of it (the link thingy… 😉

          BTW… cake is finished and looks fantastic! I’ll try to remember to take a pic after I frost it… and if I do I’ll post it to your FB page…lol. Hope you don’t mind!

          • Hilah on November 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

            I hope your cake turned out yummy!

          • Inge Schön-Valdez on November 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

            It was super delicious!!! I made another one the next day with modifications because it’s so super easy and fast… reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and used 1 cup regular flour and 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 🙂 That one was superb also – I took it to work to share 🙂 This will be my new standard potluck contribution! Already thought up several ways to modify it a bit when I need a small change 🙂

          • Hilah on November 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

            Yay! Thanks so much for posting your alterations! I never use buckwheat flour except in pancakes sometimes. Also good to know you can reduce the sugar. I do try to keep my sugars to a minimum, Thanks again! 🙂

  4. Stella on November 27, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Geia sou Hilah!
    Would like to first start off with saying how amazing your channel/website is and now im in search for your book 🙂 !
    I was born in Greece but grew up in South Africa and wanted you to know thats how famous you are…all the way in Greece and South Africa…even have told my cousin about you who lives in London!

    I would also like to make a suggestion seem as though you love the whole Mexican food if you can show us how to make Corn tortillas(without usng that tortilla presser) and after that how to make homemade tortilla chips and pickled jalepenos!

    Keep up the great work 😀 !

    • Hilah on November 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Hi Stella!
      Thank you so much for your compliments and for spreading the word about the show! 🙂
      I love your show ideas – they are right up my alley. You and I must think alike!
      Thank you for writing!

  5. james cockerell on December 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Maam could you send me your breakfeast taco link please

  6. Hilah on December 19, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hi Hilah,

    I was just curious how you got your (our) name. Thanks so much!


    Hilah L.

    • Hilah on December 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

      My dad saw it on a tombstone in New York and liked it. Late 1800’s I think.
      How’d you get yours?

      • Hilah L on December 24, 2011 at 12:45 am

        Hey Hilah,

        My father is Israeli and it’s a Hebrew name. It means halo or aura (perhaps you’ve already looked this up). I pronounce mine slightly differently, however.

        So nice to “meet” someone with my name–it’s unusual here in the States and is often not spelled this way anyway.

        Thanks for the reply!!


        • Hilah on December 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

          Thanks! I had Googled it a while back and come up with that conclusion, but it’s good to hear I was right. The only spelling I found on Google I think was something like “H’la” so I couldn’t be sure it was the same name. Pretty neat!
          Nice to “meet” you too!

  7. Nina on December 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Hilah, my hero, I kinda feel like you should do a video on what to do with turkey leftovers. Although, since you do videos on Tuesdays, everyone’s Christmas turkies will more than likely be long gone by then and no one will be eating turkey again until next Thanksgiving and I should have thought of this sooner! (I hope the run on sentence doesn’t make me sound uneducated. It was supposed to be a rant).
    <3 Nina

    • Hilah on December 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Hi Nina! I had the same idea after Thanksgiving, but I also thought of it too late and so all I could do was a post about leftover turkey “chicken and dumplings” which was very good and maybe will still help you! (Run-on sentencers UNITE!)

  8. Stella on February 5, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Homemade croissants and scones ? 🙂

  9. Ali on February 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Hey Hilah! I was just curious as to how you do your meal planning. My hubby and I need some cheap, yet healthy food alternatives. (Everything has to involve meat, too cause the hub is not willing to do vegetarian meals. ) And basically, we are just broke. Any suggestions? Roman noodles, mac and cheese, and eating Micky D’s will not suffice. (Which btw, is not even close to an alternative right now. Gross)

    • Hilah on February 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Hey Ali!
      Great question. Every week when the weekly store specials circular comes in the mail (I hope you get that where you live!) I sit down and make a grocery list based on what produce and meats they have on sale that week. Then I come up with meals I can make with those ingredients, and I write them on the grocery list itself and then go meal by meal, checking the pantry to make sure I have everything else I need.
      One thing that’s helpful to have around is a roasted chicken. Roast one yourself on the weekend and then you can use leftovers to make chicken and dumplings, chicken soup, or enchiladas – all of those things have some meat to satisfy your man, but you fill the bulk of the meal out with dumplings or vegetables or tortillas and cheese.
      Fried rice as a meal is very economical, too. Leftover rice, vegetables, eggs, and just a little ham or sausage. Also (don’t laugh) hot dog stiryfry is the bomb.
      Another way to stretch your meat budget is to make meatballs, but sneak in extra eggs, some grated carrot or zucchini, and breadcrumbs or even rice. You can make a bunch if you find meat on sale, and then freeze them. Cook in a skillet straight from the freezer for a quick meal starter. Schnitzel is another way to make a little piece of meat seem bigger by pounding it out thin and then breading it. This is also a good treatment for cheap cuts of steak that might be a little tough otherwise.
      Also, making a big pot of chili with beans is a good way to stretch meat. And beans are good for you! Ditto with making Indian curry. And sausage gumbo.
      I hope that helps you!

  10. Dave on February 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    First…Thanks for a “common man/woman” cooking show. With a great sense of humor.
    I was wondering if you have any recipies for a good crab imperial to bake on top of some fresh Rockfish (Stripped Bass).
    Keep up the great job, and great outlook.

    • Hilah on February 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Hello, Dave!
      Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s so nice to hear.
      Crab Imperial is a great suggestion. I’ve been meaning to do some sort of crab dish so I’ll put that one on the list.
      Thanks for writing!

  11. Ali on February 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    That is great! Thank you! I have actually made most of your recipes that you recommended. Those enchiladas…. amazing. I actually still have some leftover sauce, and since I don’t have a blender (only a food processor) it came out more like salsa… So thats how I eat it! So yum. Thank you so much for this, it truly helps!

    • Hilah on February 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Good! I’m glad to be of service, m’lady! Red beans and rice are coming up this week, too, and that’s a good, inexpensive thing to make with a little sausage.

  12. Gwen on February 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hey Hilah! I love your show and I’m subscribed to you on iTunes. You always put a smile on my face. Anyways, since you are from Austin, Texas, I was wondering if you had any good Pasteles de tres de leche recipes? I’m taking Spanish in Michigan so it’d be fun to learn any kind of recipes of the sort. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hilah on February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Ooh, tres leches cake?! I love it. It’s a staple around here at birthday parties. Thanks for the suggestion, Gwen! And thanks for watching. 🙂

  13. Heilah on March 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    From another Heilah to Hilah…I stubbled on your channel trying to learn how to make empanadas….and to my great surprise….ANOTHER Heilah!!!!! although spelled diiferently…just as awesome.

    Just wanted to stop by say how much I love your shows, way better than that crap Giada on the food network, who in the real world cooks like that?!?!?! Always smiling with aprons and shit??? lol

    I have subscribed to your channel and will continue to get inspiration from your kitchen to mine.

    Happy Cooking Hilah,


    Heilah 😉

    • Hilah on March 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Hello, Name-Sister! 🙂
      I’m so glad you found me. What a crazy coincidence!
      Thank you so much for subscribing and for your support. It’s great to hear from you.
      Happy Cooking!

  14. Jennifer H. on March 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hey, Hilah. you are awesome. Could you please do a video & recipe for some Naan bread to go with that Down & Dirty Curry? I subscribe to your podcast and have tried a few of your dishes (yum!) and love that you stay real and say “screw it” sometimes. Thanks 😀 Jen in Florida

    • Hilah on March 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Jen! Yes! Great idea. I’m glad you like the recipes and the show. Thanks for writing!

  15. Sonny on September 11, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Awesome Chile del Arbol recipe and I’m from New Mexico!!!

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