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…

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,…

Ilalasepo: Ondo-Style Okra Stew

I’ve reflecting a lot lately, and thinking about all of the different influences that shaped the way I eat– and cook. Somewhere within that autobiographical journey, I stumbled on an old memory from sometime in elementary school; it was an assignment that asked me to describe my favorite food. Easy enough, right? Pizza! Fries! Apple…

Pine Nut Chicken

There are certain ingredients that trigger an instant reaction. For example: the moment I see okra, I’m already picturing my grandma pounding yam, or when I see extra coffee beans, I want to grind them up, and…make a dry-rub (what did you think?). Pine nuts are definitely one of those ingredients. They’re usually pretty expensive,…

16-Hour Ramen

Put all the packaged pre-boxed stuff back into the pantry –we’re making this one the “hard” way. I posted a “beginner’s” ramen recipe last year,  but couldn’t leave it there! I wanted to come back for a second pass to try to do it justice. I still have a lot to learn, but I think…

Herb Roasted Game Hen | Red Hominy Succotash| “Wild” Green Sauté

We got really into kayaking over the summer, and started to look at the Chattahoochee River from a new angle.  The river’s always been there– and I don’t mean just in our lifetime, but for countless centuries.  It got us thinking about what the river would’ve been like before the golf courses,  highways,  or even…

Orange Chicken Tostadas

Is the year over yet? 2018 was always going to be busy, but the past few weeks have been on a different level. I’ve been cooking a lot more things in bulk to save time, so it’s oddly refreshing to get back to making small-batch, experimental things. This is one of them. I was going…

Thai Basil Chicken | Feta Risotto

This one sneaks up on you. Despite the obvious Italian influence, thai basil lends a totally different flavor than “sweet” basil. It’s somewhere between anise and liquorice, but it fits in perfectly in a wide range of dishes. This time, I added to some sauteed tomato, garlic, and red wine vinegar.  Go ahead– pair it…