Turkey Breast Confit

Thanksgiving was always going to look different this year, but man, I wasn’t feeling the creative surge like I usually do. Still, after so many ups and downs this year, this was exactly the holiday I needed to keep things in perspective. We searched around for some new ideas–especially since thanksgiving for two people really…

Gastropub Sirloin | Roasted Brussels | Sweet Potato Purée

Picture this: my dad has been fighting COVID in Nigeria all year (once personally) and between treating patients, and navigating shifting travel restrictions, I haven’t seen him in more than a year. We finally got to show him the new house, and talk through all the awesome news this year (did I mention we’re having…

Red Curry Beef & Lentils

We’re in the home stretch of 2020– the wildest year of my life… and probably yours too. I’ve been pretty distracted with all sorts of stuff for a few weeks, but I was determined to get a post out today. It’s hilarious how much a few changes can disrupt your flow; I’m settled into the…

Nigerian Stews & Iyàn

Moving sucks. We’re crawling over the finish line, trying to get the new place set up but 2020 keeps happening! Ideally we’ll be done by next week– but for now a post that’s been coming for a long time. Are you craving Nigerian food yet? I am…all the time.   This is pretty much the…

The Basics: Risotto

Alright, did you make the stock from last week? Nicceeee. If not, there’s still time!  As promised,  you’re about to take your skills up a level.  Now you’re ready to make a risotto from scratch. I used to watch Chopped,  Hell’s Kitchen, and other shows and idolize risotto. Clearly it was the pinnacle of kitchen…

Curry Chicken Schnitzel

What’s been your to-go order of choice so far this year? Chick-Fil-A? Chipotle? Sushi? Either way,  it’s kinda easy for it to get boring…especially without all the usual inputs from the outside world. Time to switch things up a little. Next on CM: chicken schnitzel…but make it curry.

5-Spice Pork Chops | Cherry-Lemongrass Coulis

I’ve been really consistent with posts this year,  right? Since everything slowed down a few months ago,  it almost felt like the early days when I had an endless backlog of ideas, and time to make them! I missed last week, so now I’m trying to catch up. This one is simple,  but it’ll surprise…

“Bánh Mì” Carnitas Tacos

Flashback to 2012– it’s my senior year of high school, and we would do anything to rebel against the “powers that be” during the weeks leading up to graduation.  After twelve years of waiting in long lines for terrible school lunches, the simple banh mi became an unconventional lunch time status symbol. My school was…

Craving Mad 150: Surf & Turf

One-hundred-fifty posts, over three years–not bad, huh? CM has been around since 2017, but the ideas go back way farther. Despite some occasional gaps, it has survived moves, job changes, classes, weddings…and now a pandemic. I’ve managed to get a few weeks ahead, and the ideas keep flowing. Still–I can’t believe that there are 149 other…

Shrimp, Habañero & Green Mango Stir-Fry

I can’t keep mangoes around for long…I usually devour them on sight, and it is never pretty. Seriously, if footage got out, it could jeopardize my professional career. Fun fact: it may actually be genetic, since my dad eats corn like a dinosaur…