Here’s the honest truth about how I typically come up with recipes. I either eat something at a restaurant or at a friend’s home that I like and try to replicate it based on the primary flavors I taste and am able to identify, or I see a recipe somewhere, vaguely skim it, go to the grocery store without a list of ingredients and then wing it. I rarely follow a single recipe, I often combine elements of different recipes that I like, and am really only anal about sticking to a recipe when it comes to cook time and temperature. Measurements, especially for things like seasoning, are not exact, and I adjust them to taste. You should approach my recipes with the same sense of … I dunno … haphazardness.
That’s basically the story of how one of my favorite healthy and delicious random single gal recipes came to be. A few months ago, I saw a photo of a salmon recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, noted the fact that the recipe had “Sriracha” and “lime” in its name and was like, “Oh yeah, that would go good together. I’ll try that!” And on another occasion, I had dinner at Momofuku in New York City, ordered their famed Brussels sprouts, devoured the whole bowl and have been refining my own, more simplistic version ever since. And now, I present both of these recipes to you, which pair together for the perfect single gal supper. (Obviously, you can make any of my recipes for more people, by doubling/tripling/etc. the ingredients and adjusting the cook time if necessary.) Keep reading »
Something you may not know about me, Lucca. My favorite food is not kibble, or dessert kibble (cereal), or treats, or whatever my mom is having for lunch. My favorite food is PANCAKES. On my birthday every year, my mom makes them for me, but I just discovered there’s a whole other special pancake day and it’s TODAY, National Pancake Day. I think my mom has been hiding the existence of this day from me, which is rude and I’ll deal with her later. For now, though, I present to you 20 pancake recipes that I would totally make in celebration of this momentous occasion, if my paws were able to manage a griddle. Stupid evolution.
I had a “Chopped” moment in the kitchen last night when I realized I had a few beets in the fridge that I really needed to use, but — cue Ted Allen voiceover — only the stovetop of my oven was working, so roasting was out of the question. I’d been feeling like pasta for awhile, so I sauteed the beets in a pan with some zucchini and garlic, added some cheese, and ended up with a seriously delicious dinner. This recipe is super easy, super healthy, and best of all, super PINK. It also tastes great the next day as a chilled pasta salad (like, “Oh, I guess I’m eating lunch at 10:30 AM ’cause I can’t wait any longer” — that great). Read on for the recipe! Keep reading »
As I stated earlier in the week, when I shared my recipe for roasted chicken, potatoes and broccolini, my cast iron skillet is probably the most essential item in my kitchen. It can go straight from on the stove to in the oven and is ideal for cooking everything, from the obvious (roasted meats and vegetables) to the surprising (like brownies and pot pie). Need further convincing to buy one yourself or make use of the one you have? Click through to see just 13 recipes — from breakfast to dessert — that you can cook in a cast iron pan…
Consider yourselves (and your stomachs) warned: The end result of clicking through this slideshow is utterly ravenous hunger. Even if you just ate. You will want to eat more, specifically every single taco recipe contained within. There are steak tacos! Pork tacos and chicken tacos and mushroom tacos! Tacos for vegans and vegetarians! And there will be tacos all up in your mouth for the foreseeable future because you will want to eat them ALL.
The single most essential item in my kitchen might have to be the large cast iron pan my mom got me for Christmas. I’ve used it to cook nearly every day since I got it, and while I knew it was going to come in handy for cooking protein, I didn’t realize that a cast iron pan is actually ideal for cooking a whole meal. Anything that cuts down on dishes — my least favorite household chore after cleaning the toilet — is aces by me. After the jump, check out a one-pan recipe for one of my favorite meals to cook for dinner after a long day at work, roasted lemon-y chicken with potatoes and broccolini. Oh, and to wash it all down, a sweet and tangy spiked blue raspberry lemonade. NOMMMM. Keep reading »