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... 

Is your glass of milk ready?

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.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Grapes, Goat Cheese, and Sunflower Seeds

Another Valentine's Day has come and gone. Though my circumstances changed from the previous year and I found myself spending it as a single person with friends, it was still quite enjoyable. However, the merriment I experienced came with a price—a nice long "recovery period" that lasted most of Saturday and was caused by who knows how many bottles of wine. Now that my Valentine's Day hangover has passed, I'm enjoying my Sunday at home cleaning out my inbox, eating some Greek yogurt, and writing this post for you.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Steak with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Here we are in the midst of a polar vortex and almost through the first month of the New Year. Though it is still quite a while away for many of us, I am anxiously awaiting warmer weather. Alas, we are left to bundle up as best we can to fend off the below-freezing temperatures and nourish our bodies to make it through to summer. Nothing screams “nourishment” more to me than a good steak. Here the beef is simply prepared so that the mushroom cream sauce can take center-stage. The sherry vinegar in the sauce provides the perfect amount of acidity to balance the fattiness of the steak, while the butter added right at the end lends a velvety texture and seductive sheen. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pasta with Bacon, Tomatoes, Shallots & Feta

Bacon goes great with/in just about everything—eggs, Brussels sprouts, and even cookies. I read earlier today that someone recently opened an all-bacon restaurant. (It's definitely on my list of restaurants to try.) This meal has some of my other favorite things too. Pasta? Check. Cheese? Check. Wine? You bet! All together the ingredients combine to make a great, delicious, and easy meal ideal for an after work dinner.