Slow Cooker Jambalya

I have recently become addicted to Pinterest. At first I was kind of flummoxed: what is the point? Saving collections of pretty pictures? But then I realized I could use it to keep track of recipes. Cool! And then I realized I could use it to look at all the recipes other people were keeping … Continue reading

Okra and Tomato Stew

Okra, tomatoes, and onions.  That’s about all that goes into this simple and easy stew.  I’ve been avoiding making anything with the word “stew” in the name for the past few *very hot* months, but finally broke down and made this NY Times recipe for okra stew.  Overall, it was good.  Very easy to make, … Continue reading

Leek and Tomato Frittata

This was the first time we got leeks in our CSA box.  I was excited, but a little confused.  I didn’t quite know what to make of them as I don’t have any memories of cooking or eating leeks in the past.  They look like giant green onions and they are basically…well…giant green onions.  I … Continue reading

Quick and Easy One-Pot Ratatouille

Before a mob of angry French grandmothers shows up at my door with torches, I should say that this is NOT ratatouille.  At least not in the traditional sense.  Traditional ratatouille has each component cooked individually then layered in a delicious casserole that is then baked as a whole.  If you served this dish to … Continue reading

Poor Man’s Pasta Ponza

I was really flying without a net tonight.  I started out trying to recreate Giada deLaurentis’s recipe for Pasta Ponza, but I didn’t have some of the ingredients and I didn’t want to put the time into some of the steps, so I improvised and came up with my own version of the dish that … Continue reading

Risotto Margherita

When basil season is in full swing I like to break out my basil risotto recipe a couple times.  I was all prepared to do that last night when I looked around the kitchen and realized that I had fresh tomatoes on the counter and a lovely mozzarella in the fridge.  I’ve never been completely … Continue reading

Tomatillo Guacamole

I consider myself something of a guacamole connoisseur.  If a restaurant menu item includes the word “guacamole” in the description, it pretty much guarantees that I will order that item, even if the rest of the description involves shards of radioactive glass and asbestos ceiling tiles.  The same is true for the words “bacon” and … Continue reading

Bruschetta Chicken

It’s tomato season, and it’s basil season, so it’s bruschetta season!  And bruschetta chicken is a staple in our house at this time of year.  The recipe for bruschetta chicken originally came from this Taste of Home recipe.  Over the past couple years my husband and I have pared down the steps, ingredients, and prep … Continue reading


Mint is notoriously difficult to use, and unfortunately it’s all too plentiful in our CSA boxes at this time of the year.  Tonight I decided to take a chance on tabbouleh!  The first time I ever had tabbouleh was in college.  I had a friend from Syria named Hasan.  One day Hasan went to the … Continue reading