Riced Cauliflower (Plain)

​ Band’-wag-on, noun: an activity or thing that has become fashionable or popular. I’m a little late jumping on this particular bandwagon, and it’s high time I did! I’d heard about cauliflower “rice,” of course. It’s hard to be a foodie and completely miss that. I just was never interested enough to try it. Big…

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…

Vanilla Sugar

It doesn’t get much easier than this! So much flavor, so little effort! But what’s it for? Almost anything, really. It’s delicious on cereal, in tea or coffee, and can be used in any baked goods you fancy. Just that hint of vanilla flavor gives a delightful boost. In a cute jar, it also makes…

Cheaters’ Chicken Parm

That feeling when it’s almost dinner time, and you have no idea what to make and absolutely no energy with which to make it.  It was one of “those” days last spring, and I was fresh out of spoons. I won’t bore you with all of the details, let’s just say I’d had a minor…

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Rogan Josh is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I made it with Penzeys Rogan Josh blend, which I like very much. Then I got the bright idea to start mixing my own blends, for three reasons: First, it frees up space in my spice cabinet for a wider variety of single-ingredient jars. Second, I…

Angry Shrimp

You’re definitely going to want to try this flavor explosion of a one-one-bowl dinner! Probably not on a weeknight after a long day of work, but maybe on game night so you can eat it in front of the TV. Maybe the next time Syracuse plays Pitt in men’s basketball. I always get angry during…

The Best Meatballs With Sauce

I’m getting hungry just writing about these! I had a craving last winter for a meatball sub. You might call it something else, depending on where you’re from. Submarine, Grinder, Hoagie, and Hero are some of the ones I’ve heard. I poked around online comparing various recipes and settled on this one, adapted from Serious…

Spud Cakes

“You’re Scottish, fry something!” — The Doctor Yay, leftovers! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers. I always cook more than I think we will need because there are so many delicious things to make with them. The turkey carcass goes in the crockpot with water and seasonings for Turkey Noodle Soup. Leftover turkey goes to sandwiches and Turkey-Pea…