Black Eye Pea Stew

Simple, slow, and delicious. Sure, no one asked me to summarize this dish in three words or less…but I love a good challenge. I’ve had dried black eye peas in the house for about a year– initially to make akara, a Nigerian fritter that’s delicious…but labor intensive. I’m still craving it, but I am admittedly…

Stewed Cod

Too easy not to make… right now! The sauce changes each time I make it, but includes different combinations of peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Roast the vegetables until soft, then sautee in olive oil, and cook the fish in the sauce that forms. Cod filets work perfectly for this, since they are firm, and won’t…

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken | Feta Corn

Now that Craving Mad has been going for a while (this is post #114!) there’s been plenty of time for me to run out of new ideas… it could happen to anyone, right? There have been the busy weeks, the uninspired weeks, and plenty weeks with almost no groceries (well, maybe those count as busy…

Roasted Garlic Salmon | Mediterranean Penne

Did I mention that I love fishing? Not in the past few posts, huh? Well…I love fishing. I’ve always loved fish and reptiles, so naturally I used to love watching the 90’s versions of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and all those wildlife documentaries definitely left there mark (thanks, Steve). I don’t keep or eat…

Chicken & Corn Soup

It’s hot outside…so hot that I can’t really come up with a unique name for this one. Regardless, it’s a pretty simple combination of chicken, corn, peppers, and a few handfuls of herbs. It’s similar to my riff on Ajiaco¬†but without the sweet potatoes, and more chilies. It’s been a busy few weeks, but these…

Green Curry Chickpeas (Chickpea Stew #5)

I’m not fooling anyone by now– I eat a lot of chickpeas. What you can’t tell from the blog though is just how different all of these stews taste– so yeah, this may be the fifth variation of chickpea stew on the blog, but it’s a brand new experience. Trust me.

Shiitake & Pea “Scampi”

I pretty much forgot peas existed for a while after I started eating more stir-fries that favor the pea pods and bean sprouts. Frozen peas? Well, I don’t like frozen veggies since things are in season, and I also don’t get into many fights…so there wasn’t really a need for an emergency icepack…but like many…

Seafood Penne

And just like that– the people have spoken. I’ve been working out ways to make Craving Mad more interactive, and put this week’s meal up to a vote on Instagram (@craving_mad). It was pretty close, but this one won out after four days of polling. Now, I learned that dried tomatoes go really well with…

Tom Kha Gai– Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup

I found some kaffir lime leaves at the market a few weeks ago, and decided to use them for the first time…and I wasn’t disappointed. Once you combine that intense citrus flavor with the Thai basil, coconut, and turmeric, you have the base for the perfect soup. I ended up using chicken, but I can…

Seared Tuna Tostada: The Missing Ingredients Challenge

It’s moments like these that show you who your real friends are, and guys, I have some questions… I decided to do another challenge to shake things up after the first 100 posts. A few of you¬†posted ingredients that I couldn’t use for the next post, and I randomly selected 3. This time, I’d have…