Roasted Carrot Soup

I hate to waste food– I always push to utilize everything we buy. This time, it was a bunch of carrots that were starting to go limp. They didn’t look great, but they were still carrots– it was just going to take extra work to get the flavors out. Step one here is to char…

Roasted Mushroom & Eggplant |Lemon-Parmesan Polenta

I almost made it to the end of the year without getting sick– almost… I was always randomly sick growing up, so by now the whole experience of staying home, watching TV, and actually sleeping enough on a workday just feels cliché. I can deal with the symptoms– Fever? Been there. Coughing? Done that. Headaches?…

Green Curry Catfish

I’ve been slacking lately– but I am gonna get these posts back on schedule for the rest of the year… This curry paste is pretty similar to the “red” curry I made earlier. This time, though, I used green peppers, kaffir lime leaves, basil, and cilantro to the usual spices. I didn’t have any at the…

Chorizo & Sweet Potato Chili

Dani convinced me to enter a chili co-off sometime last year,  and I decided that this would be my contribution.  It’s a little unorthodox, but one of my favorites. Unfortunately,  it didn’t win anything officially, but it did get a few positive reviews from the judges.  In this version, I matched most of my older…

Low Country Chicken Stew

I know, I know– it’s not Monday. It’s been a while since I missed a post,  but hopefully this one is worth it.  The past two weeks have been a blur, but we’re finally moved in,  and life’s getting back to normal.  I made this while most of our stuff was still in boxes,  and we…

Grilled Mackerel & Eggplant

Another Friday night at the grill, and exactly what I needed after a long week.  I was exhausted,  and kept things simple this time: only a handful of ingredients,  and a flame were needed.  As always,  you can sub in another type of fish for the Mackerel,  but you’d be missing out. I’ve only been…

Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup

When Dani and I first started dating (man, almost 8 years ago), we were young enough that our parents had to meet before things got too serious. I remember putting on my best shirt at the time, printing out the directions to her house from Mapquest, and rushing my mom into the car so that…

Seafood Salad | Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Turns out — and this never happens — there were a few shrimp/calamari rings left over from the soup from last week’s post.  I didn’t have enough to make a meal on it’s own,  but I got the idea to serve them cold,  and ran with it. I also made tacos the other day,  and…

“Weeknight Chicken”

For when you just finished working,  sitting in traffic, and your stomach is growling– don’t let the lack of a real name fool you; this is exactly what you need after work. Even I don’t have the energy to come up with intricate meals everyday, so these are the types of quick ideas I make…

Caprese-Stuffed Chicken

Late summer always makes me more grateful that I grow a lot of my own herbs– things like basil are hitting the peak of its growth for the year,  so there is a nearly perpetual supply on the porch. I can pretty much use as much as I want,  and the plant will regenerate within…