It is technically spring now and I am definitely ready for spring vegetables and grilled meat. However, today happened to be cold, wet, and un-spring-like, which is actually par for the course in Chicago. So, even though spring food has been on my mind lately, today felt like it required a comforting stew or meltingly tender piece of braised meat. But being a weeknight, there's not really time for the slow cooking of a proper braise. That's where the magic of the pressure cooker comes in.Read More
Flaky cod fish wrapped in salty, rich pancetta and roasted in the oven sounds like a pretty winning dish on many accounts. Fish is healthy. Pancetta is tasty and crispy. Clean up would be a snap. This version was pretty good but was a bit overcooked and the pancetta was not as crispy as I would've liked. I blame it on the pancetta that was a bit too thick. I guess you can have too much of a good thing. I think with some pancetta or bacon that was cut thinner, this would, indeed, be a winning dish.Read More
Holy cow, has it been almost a year since I've posted last?! Well, I'm back and I'm going to slide this post in just before I hit the 1-year-without-posting mark. I've even brought with me a little design refresh. I'm still tweaking the look and layout but I'm going for a cleaner design to the blog. Hope you like it.
This is actually the second time I've made sweet potato and coconut milk gratin. It's pretty simple. Not counting salt & pepper, it's just two ingredients – sweet potatoes and coconut milk. Both ingredients have a lot to offer in the flavor department so even though it's short on ingredients, it brings a lot of flavor. I served this with marinated flat iron steak and sautéed kale. Read More
I know what you're thinking and no, I did not count the cloves of garlic. This recipe would probably be more accurately called chicken with a whole heckuvalotta garlic. Regardless of what the recipe is called, it's very tasty, easy to prepare, and basically, a one-pot recipe. This is just the type of recipe that I love!
I hope that everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day weekend! It was an amazing weekend here in Chicago, weather-wise. It felt like summer! I felt like grilling more than simmering a big hunk of corned beef but it had to be done. I didn't grow up eating a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner so I thought I'd take a few liberties with this meal. I'm probably one of the few people who actually enjoys boiled cabbage but my family definitely does not. So I decided to come up with a way to make the cabbage more appetizing to my family. What if I make it creamy and cheesy? Cabbage gratin!