Chicken Recipes

Roast Chicken Provençal

May 24, 2016

If you like cooking or reading about food, you should sign up for the cooking newsletter from the New York Times. Every few days, they send suggestions for recipes to cook from their archives, or a list of the most-cooked recipes that week in the Times, or what to plan for a week’s worth of dinners. I get a lot of good ideas from the newsletter, and one recent standout for me has been the recipe for Roasted Chicken Provençal.…

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Tacos off the beaten track

May 18, 2016

There are a number of hipster taquerias in Orlando. By “hipster taqueria,” I’m thinking of places that often offer fusion tacos combining cuisines (try wasabi carnitas tacos, for example), and that are operated by earnest American guys with long beards who have supplemented their culinary school experience with travels to Oaxaca to learn authentic recipes from real Mexicans. I was reading an article recently about the best tacos in Orlando… which included a number of the hipster taco places on…

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Desserts Recipes

French Yogurt Pound Cake

May 12, 2016

One of the highlights of being pregnant was getting to eat a lot. Normally I wouldn’t have a dessert every day, but… well, let’s just say it wasn’t difficult to gain forty pounds. One of the desserts that I found myself making frequently was this yogurt pound cake, adapted very slightly from this recipe from Dorie Greenspan in the Washington Post. It can be whipped up in no time flat, and is very similar to this easy Moroccan pound cake…

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Recipes Salads

New ways with kale

May 6, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted… In the interim, I had a baby, but it was a high risk pregnancy and I was too tired to keep up with food blogging. That didn’t mean I wasn’t cooking, although the energy required to take a picture of the food and write about it was more than I could manage. I gained about forty pounds, twenty of which dropped off right away, but the other twenty have just been sitting…

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Dinners Recipes

Best Vegetarian Lasagna Ever

November 11, 2015

A few years ago, a family friend had us over for dinner and made this lasagna, which she had found featured in a magazine as a Thanksgiving dish for non meat eaters. While I’ve made a number of lasagna recipes over the year, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, this is probably my favorite – it doesn’t have some of the typical ingredients I always associate with vegetarian lasagna (like ricotta or green peppers), and it features one of my favorite vegetables,…

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Recipes Soups

Vegetarian Cuban Black Bean Soup (Slow Cooker)

October 30, 2015

I realize that “vegetarian” and “Cuban black bean soup” might be terms that don’t historically accompany one another, but I wanted to try to make a vegetarian black bean soup that could still be as flavorful as those that have been cooked all day with a ham hock, and which boasted flavors often found in Cuban black bean soup, such as cumin. In keeping with the spirit of minimalism, this is also a truly easy recipe, the kind of thing…

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Desserts Recipes

Brigadeiros (Brazilian milk sweets)

October 21, 2015

Last year, my Brazilian friend Nathalia gave me an amazing candy. It was a bit like fudge, but creamier, more buttery, and less chocolate-y, coated with little chocolate sprinkles. They were breathtaking, and different. More recently, brigadeiros somehow re-entered my consciousness through the Internet, through articles referring to them and one of my favorite food bloggers reposting an older recipe on Facebook. But her recipe didn’t look exactly like the taste I’d remembered: it didn’t have chocolate in it, and…

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Desserts Recipes

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars

October 8, 2015

I’m not even going to pretend this recipe for brown sugar chocolate chip bars is healthy, but it is minimalist– these bars take less than twenty minutes to put together and pop in the oven. How long it takes you to eat them is another issue – I could barely make these last long enough to take a photo of them, and only this one sad bar was left. This is the kind of recipe where you’ll find yourself wanting…

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Breakfasts Recipes

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins (Gluten Free)

September 30, 2015

I have my friend Ryan to thank for this recipe for gluten free banana nut muffins. She made these in little tiny muffin tins and dropped some off at my office a week or so ago, and they were so good I had to make them myself.  The original recipe is from this blog, and I’ve only altered them slightly in the recipe below. I was just waiting for some bananas to get a little too ripe. These are great…

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Recipes Soups

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

September 22, 2015

Happy fall! With the daytime temps in Florida dipping below the 90 degree mark, I thought it was time for a nice, hearty soup. Actually, this is a good transition-to-fall soup because it’s not heavy, and instead of using Thanksgiving-style spices like sage and allspice, I use thyme to give it flavor. Roasting the squash brings out its sweetness and makes the soup much richer, and it’s also easier than peeling it and chopping it up into little chunks.  I…

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