Cheezy Shells

  Velveeta shells and cheese is that boxed pasta dinner that we all pretended was disgusting but secretly inhaled by ourselves when we needed a 4,000 calorie pick-me-up. Back in the day I actually added to the horror by mixing heavy cream into that plasticky orange goo before adding the shells. I could also consume the whole box in…

Fattoush Salad (Archive)

This post is three months overdue. What can I say? I developed the recipe, and then summer happened. Once summer rises from the ashes of Georgia’s obnoxiously bipolar winter / spring, I pretend I have three months of freedom and neglect every single adult-y task until fun gives way to utter panic. Somehow I’m still employed. It’s…

It’s Banh Mi, Bitch (Archive)

A 90s pop icon well-versed in teenage masochism and the limbo we call coming-of-age (apparently it’s located in Arizona) once sang, “Gimme, gimme more. Gimme. Gimme, gimme more.” This mantra really resonates with me, particularly when it comes to sandwiches, sandwich-like foods, and the noble banh mi. Limited too, Hit Clips, and throngs of frosted haired pop groups may be relics of the…

Sambar Stew (Archive)

  Ok. Stew. I’m going to skip the “omg it’s almost winter, the season for tummy warming stew recipes to savor while you light a fire, cozy up to your flanneled SO Chad/Tammy and his/her adorable rescue mutt, and watch the snow fall outside your window” recipe preamble. It’s cold and dark outside and innumerable…

Choco-banana Muffins with Salted Caramel (Archive)

Banana bread is what one would call the unfortunate dessert at the bake sale. And banana muffins are, well, the unfortunate’s sickly friend who gets a pat on the back and awkward smiles from passersby. Ok, yeah, it’s sugary. You’re being super economical and crafty by using up those disgusting looking bananas. Oh look, you…

Viet-Thai 2 Ways: Panang Summer Rolls & Salad (Archive)

    Thai and Vietnamese cuisines are complimentary but very different beasts. I admit I am no expert on the Thai or Vietnamese palate, like AT ALL, but I grew up eating this stuff enough to know that their flavor profiles are distinct. Many a restaurant claims to be both at the same time, which…

White Bean & Walnut Collard Wraps (Archive)

  You might be thinking that this recipe looks like a pile of random ingredients. You would be correct. Basically I neglected to plan my last grocery shopping trip and came home with arbitrary and seemingly mismatched food stuff. Bitter melon? I’ll throw that in the cart. A mound of teff flour I’ll never ever…

B’Fast Hash (Archive)

I have no time in the morning. I don’t even have time to spell breakfast. Monday through Friday it’s b’fast. A working girl’s gotta b fast if she’s going to get to the office on time. I’m supposed to be there by 8 am, so naturally I set my alarm for 7:30, snooze twice, then…

BB Stew (Archive)

Yeah, yeah, I know. Spring is upon us. Summer is almost here. Stew is a winter dish. It’s almost 100 ºF and no one needs hot soup to literally warm the cockles (i.e., ventricles and atria) of his/her heart. But screw it, this is my go-to soup dish for all seasons when I want cheap and…