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…

Patatas Bravas

Full disclosure: I’ve never been to Spain–but you already know I like to use food to compensate for the lack of plane tickets. Luckily, Dani had the chance to study abroad there, so I can live vicariously through her experiences, work backwards, and try to come up with something interesting. While I was alternating between…

Coconut-Lentil Stew

**This was originally posted on 4/1/2019, but I’m making some updates to the recipe on 3/22/2020.** It’s April 1st…but I promise this is real. Don’t believe me? I already got the prank out of my system–just follow @craving_mad on instagram to see how. Exciting things are coming up this month, including the 100th post to…

Minced Beet & Watercress Salad | Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette

Winter is nearly over–at least I think so. This week is another no-frills recipe that should come together pretty quickly. I saw watercress in the store, and got a little excited, but since it’s harder to find you can easily sub in spinach or arugula. Combine those as I describe below, and you’re already half-way…

Red Lentil “Bolognese”

“Lentils and pasta…” she said, “but that’s like carbs on carbs!” Look,  I love lentils; they are one of my ideal survival foods because they’re cheap,  filling, and crazy versatile.  So versatile, I decided to try another cuisine-bending experiment. Red lentils are my go to for quick meals because they don’t really need to soak…

Leek & Mushroom Soup

This is the type of “vegetarian” dish that could get me into trouble… I normally would make this really simply with butter, flour, and some kind of stock. This time, we had a bunch of bacon (a pretty rare find in our fridge), and I needed to get rid of it. This version uses bacon…

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?…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi |Confit Tomato| Cardamom Butter

Full disclosure: I’ve only made pasta once before, and I assumed that gnocchi would be simpler/quicker to make since they are smaller–WRONG. It somehow ended up taking two hours to finish everything. The first challenge was my chosen main ingredient: sweet potatoes. I had two extra baked ones (we’ve been eating a lot of sweet…

Mango-Channa Fried Rice

This one was supposed to end badly– I left it to finish cooking while Dani and I went on a longer-than-expected run, and who knew what we would find when we got back? An apartment fire? A giant mess in the kitchen thanks to our cat’s poor decisions (yeah, that’s happened before)? Or even worse– burnt,…