Spinach-Mushroom-Black Bean Enchiladas— Capping of a week of Mexcellence

In an effort better plan meals and avoid wasting any of the groceries we buy each week, Sam and I have decided to pick a particular type or ethnicity of food, and then… Continue reading

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Soup

I’m trying to clear out my cabinets, and use ingredients I already have on hand. This sweet potato-black bean soup was simple and satisfying. If you want a smoother soup, try puréeing all… Continue reading

Soba Stir-fry: A Healthy Start to the New Year

Like millions of others, I’ve vowed to become healthier in the new year, which means more exercise, more vegetables, and less cheese. Inspired by Mark Bittman’s NY Times article, “Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating… Continue reading

Autumn means soup, and soup means broth

Suddenly, it’s gotten cold, and all I want is soup. A good soup starts with a homemade broth. It’s both economical and ecologically responsible–  you get to use all of the ends of… Continue reading

Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes

Ok– my fall break is over. I took a break from blogging, but not from cooking! I recently made these carrot cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. I love carrot cake– it’s not too… Continue reading

Garden Fresh Salsas

I haven’t posted in a while because I was visiting Sam’s family in Ortonville, Minnesota, a very small town in the western part of the state, bordering South Dakota. We just got back… Continue reading

Mofongo Magic

Last February, Sam and I had an amazing time in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Now that it’s summer in NYC, it FEELS like Puerto Rico– minus the palm trees, blue seas, and piña coladas,… Continue reading

Not Coyote, Chayote! Fritters.

Bravo, my nearest grocery store, always has a selection of unfamiliar produce– strange fruits and roots, some unlabeled, and some with latin names listed beneath them. I’m always intrigued but intimidated by these… Continue reading

Homemade Nutter Butters

Nutter Butters were one of my favorite store-bought cookies growing up. I haven’t had one in at least 5 years, but I thought I could create a better, homemade version with peanut butter… Continue reading

Coffee Gazpacho: A delicious twist on a classic summer soup

A few days ago I came across a recipe for a Bloody Leroy, a cousin of the Bloody Mary that involves a combination of black coffee and tomatoes. I haven’t yet tried the beverage, but… Continue reading