Friday, July 4, 2014

Blueberry Corn Muffins

It’s Thursday. I’m sitting on a train heading out of the city to spend Independence Day weekend at a friend’s parents’ place near the beach. One of my coworkers has decided to give me deadlines to help encourage me to post more regularly. As I was exiting the office she asked, “You’re going to write a new post this weekend, right?” It was more of a statement of fact than a question. However, I aim to be a man of my word, so someone holding me accountable tends to work out well for my work habits. With this self-awareness I replied in the affirmative and now I’m typing this post on the train as I’m surrounded by fellow passengers drinking tall-boys of beer.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Summer is here. There's no denying it. The AC unit has been placed in the window, and it's on and running. During the summer, most people try to avoid sweets in order to make themselves ready for days spent at the beach. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with a little cake now and then—you can even bring it with you to the beach! It would also make a great end to a home cooked Father's Day meal tomorrow. The cake is beautifully light and tart. It's not super sweet so you won't feel guilty about indulging in an extra slice or two. (A scoop of vanilla ice cream is also an excellent addition.) If you don't want to be tempted by keeping leftovers in your house, then your coworkers are sure to be ever so helpful in taking care of it for you (mine sure where).

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spicy Sausage, Kale, and Lemon Pasta

Hi friends! Yes, it has been a while since I've last shared with you. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure where the past month has gone. Unfortunately, it seems that life can just get incredibly busy and hectic at times. I'm not sure if being too busy to update the blog is a good sign or not, but it is what it is and I can't change the past. Just yesterday I was having a conversation with someone at a party on the topic of having the power to change aspects of your life that you aren't satisfied with. It's not always easy  or without some form of sacrifice (anything of benefit rarely is), but it is possible. In that vein, I don't like that there are sometimes multiple weeks where I don't update The Hungry Hutch. Taking a dose of my own medicine, it is therefore up to me to change and improve if I really mean what I say. I haven't exactly come up with a plan on how to accomplish this yet, but it's definitely on my mind. I'd love to hear any useful tips and tricks that you might have.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jerk Chicken Wings

It was Super Bowl Sunday and I had plans to go to a friend's apartment to watch the game. However, my friend is a vegetarian and no game day would be complete without chicken wings, so I decided to make myself a few before heading out.  Instead of the standard buffalo flavor I opted for a little island flair. No, I'm no Jamaican food expert, but I know a thing or two about flavors. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

per-fect (adjective): having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.

Perfect is not a word I use very often, especially when it comes to myself and my creations. In most cases, perfection is a mythical ideal to which one strives yet can never fully attain. That is, however, until I stumbled upon this chocolate chip cookie recipe while playing around in the woods. In this instance of my use of the word "perfect," this recipe is the ideal version suited to my taste buds. In my world, chocolate chip is the king of all cookies. Ones that are super crisp remind me of what you can find in the grocery store aisle, while those that fall apart from a mere whisper or a gentle breeze don't really fit my definition of "cookie" (though tasty in their own category). My perfect cookie should have a crisp edge that gives way to a chewy inner ring protecting its delicate core... 

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Braised Beef Stew

Hi readers! I seem to have taken an unplanned vacation from blogging—sorry about that. It was during the time of winter where I just wanted to burrow into the warmth of my bed and hibernate for a few weeks. It seems that there might be some sunshine at the end of this cold stretch (though this weather can be rather unpredictable). Even if we can all wear one less layer of clothing to battle the forces of nature, this dish will continue to be welcome on your table for weeks—if not months—to come.