October 26, 2016

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Broccoli Rabe

Macaroni and cheese, like chocolate and wine, can help put almost all of life's problems into perspective.

October 23, 2016

Massaman Curry with Pumpkin and Chickpeas

Massaman curry is a sweet and nutty curry, that originated in Thailand during the late 17th century. There are many theories on where in Thailand this dish originated - central Thailand in the cosmopolitan court of Ayutthaya versus the South of Thailand where you find influences from Malay and Indian cuisine, but no one can be exact. It's an interesting and unique curry in that it uses spices not typically found in Thai cuisine - cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, and nutmeg. The first time I tried a massaman curry was in Northern Malaysia. I remember being surprised by the use of Indian flavors in Malaysian cuisine, but later realized how heavily influential they were in the region. Of course, one of the first things I did when returning home was recreate the dish myself.

October 18, 2016

Buttery Roasted Acorn Squash with Quinoa Stuffing

Thanksgiving is approximately 35 days away, and if you are like me and planning your meal way in advance, boy do I have a recipe for you. I have gone ahead and combined three of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, roasted acorn squash, stuffing, and gravy. Normally, I just pile those three dishes onto my plate with a little mashed potato and Brussel sprouts on the side, but instead I thought I would create a more stylized and cohesive dish, something prettier to look at, rather than a mound of food with gravy on top.

October 13, 2016

Celebrating National Seafood Month

I've always been particularly fond of seafood, even from my earliest days. Large bay scallops lightly fried and then tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce, was an absolute favorite of mine as a small child. I loved shrimp, battered and deep fried, cold served with cocktail sauce, and stir-fried. I loved tuna salad sandwiches with a little mayo, salt and pepper, chopped celery and pickles. Tuna casserole with egg noodles. White fish like pollock, cod, and halibut, lightly battered and fried, of course, and I was always the first one in my family to suggest fish and chips for Friday night take-out! One of the most significant highlights of my life was when my family and I went on a road trip to PEI and I tried lobster for the first time at an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet. Needless to say, I am really into seafood.


October 10, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Loaf with a Pecan Crumble Topping

We've taken a short hiatus from all the kitchen renovations and have transferred our energy to basement renovations. If you were to set foot in our house, you would agree that we both like to start projects but rarely finish them. We've Brent put up a wall in the basement separating the tools and equipment, and all the things Sebastian should NEVER get into, from the TV and the dog play area and my new workstation. We spend a lot of time in the basement when Sebastian goes to bed and we'd like to change it so we can all spend time down there. It's cozy and warm and I like it, and I'm going to need a finished area to binge watch Gilmore Girls in the next few months anyways.


October 4, 2016

Creamy Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Mushrooms

As we speak, my house has the most wonderfully fragrant smell permeating every inch of space. It's the only smell that's just a touch superior to baked apples and cinnamon, chocolate chip cookies, or browned butter. It's the kind of smell that makes even the fullest person immediately hungry. I'm talking about the sweet sweet smell of buttery roasted garlic.