Fish Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art.” — Anthony Burgess Thirty-eight years?! Okay, I’m really dating myself here, but as far as I can tell, that’s how long it’s been since I had…

Anisage Chicken

I don’t remember why I bought whole anise seed. Well, I remember why I bought it whole: it’s one of those spices that loses its flavor rapidly once it’s been ground. Maybe I had a recipe in mind. Maybe it was on sale at Penzeys. It doesn’t matter — this dish is yummy enough to…

Spicy Garbanzo-Chorizo Stew

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Unknown Don’t you just hate it when manufacturers change something in one of your favorite products, and not for the better? I used to buy a bean stew mix that was marvelously flavorful. It was one of those rare foods with easy preparation, easy clean-up, enough for…

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

In spite of my optimism for spring, Mother Nature is apparently not ready to give up on winter. It’s cold today, with a biting wind. So maybe no Buttermilk Chicken Salad just yet. What to do, then, with the Easy Homemade Poultry Seasoning you made this week? Well, do I have some comfort food for…

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini is so easy, you don’t even need a proper kitchen! I know because the first time I made this, I didn’t have a kitchen at all. And I was on crutches. So we’re talking a really easy recipe here! Please forgive the lighting in most of the pics – the little…

Cooking Dried Black Beans

I’d say black beans are my favorite, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. They’re probably tied with chickpeas, but my favorite beans are really whichever ones I’m eating at the time. I include both stovetop and Instant Pot directions here. Either way, I much prefer cooking them myself to buying them canned. They’re better, both…

Risotto Milanese

  My first foray into making risotto! I never bothered to make it the traditional way, because I’d only ever had it once that I liked (thanks, Claudia!). It just didn’t seem worth the effort. Then I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. So many people rave about using the IP for risotto, I figured…