Eggplant & Cashew Sauté

Yup, you’re reading that correctly– the only spices I used this time around were salt and pepper. That’s right, no paprika, coriander, or any exotic seeds– just a handful of herbs and and some fresh produce. This may be one of the best things I’ve made all year, and it was pretty straight forward in…

Seared Rockfish | Coconut Rice | Black Garlic-Habanero Aioli

Be honest– what caught your eye in the title? Rockfish? Well, to be fair, it’s not something I usually make, so that’s fair. Coconut rice? Also an honorable mention, since it’s another novel addition to the blog (though you’ll see that I used a really simple “cheat” method this time.) Ah yes, I bet it’s…

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…

Shrimp & Shitake Orzo

Make this one when you’re craving paella, but don’t have any of the right ingredients. Yup, swap the rice for orzo (technically pasta), and you’ll be on my wavelength. Want to add chicken thighs? Do it. Sure, traditional paella contains rabbit and snails… but this isn’t paella, remember? Prefer a different type of mushroom? Go for it….

Seared Pork Chop | Pickled Fennel Salad

That’s right: this week I’m just searing a pork chop…I couldn’t think of anything special to do with it, but somehow it ended up with that awesome red color, so prepare for landing. This one turned out waaay better than I expected– just because it’s so simple. In fact, the only reason I didn’t call this…

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…