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…

Smoked Salmon “Poké”

OK, now I’m just playing around. I’ve been trying to mess around with my plating, and craving poke–all at once. It was still winter when I made this, and Dani and I were binging “Life Below Zero” to see how all the families prepared for winter in Alaska. Maybe even wishing for those -30 degree…

Cranberry Bison Burger (The 100th Post)

It’s the 100th post, and honestly, I’ve been waiting for it for a few weeks. The blog is nearly two years old, and you guys are still coming back every week to see what’s “next up”. We’re now comfortably over 500 followers on IG too, so life’s good! Since I have 100 of these posts…

Harissa-Maple Chicken| Roasted Carrots |Sunflower Pesto

When I started cooking in college, you’d think I would start off with the basics…but if you’ve ever mentioned food around my family, you’d realize that it just isn’t our style. I dropped my meal plan to save money, and started filling the void with my dorm-room kitchen attempts. Back then, I needed Uber and…

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 Soup

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 the blog! Remember the the build up to the 50th post? Double it. Seriously…but more on…

April Fools: The NOT Top 4

  It’s April Fool’s Day, and I’ve been thinking about the best way to celebrate it. I ruled out making a “gross out” post, because I’m still trying to build an audience, and I’m not sure how loyal you guys are yet… I thought about plating a “meal” made from all the parts of ingredients…

Collard Green “Tamales”

When I restarted this blog (geez, almost two years ago) I did my best to emphasize that I get inspiration from everywhere. I’m just as happy to eat my mom’s curry goat, my grandmother’s okra stew, or a multi-course meal in an expensive restaurant. In fact, I’m always trying to blend all of those influences together–…

Salt-Crusted Duck | Sweet Potato Gnocchi|Chocolate Gastrique

I learned something this winter: duck breasts come in packs of four (at least when you buy them at the farmer’s market). Whenever I’ve seen them at places like Whole Foods, they’re in two packs…for about $30. Now, I was resigned to pay that much at the market because I thought it was the norm,…

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…