Peppercorn Shrimp | Habañero-Kaffir Lime Broth

No, it isn’t Pho– I am not even going to try to tackle that one yet. Instead, it’s one of those Saturday morning experiments that will only get better as I refine it over the next few weeks. It’s another slow burner, but not as slow as the 16-Hour Ramen. In fact, the broth looks dark…

Shrimp & Cashew Soup

I learn a lot of food trends from Dani, since I’m usually in my own head coming up with new combinations of things. Remember that vegan lasagna  we made a while ago? Well, cashews filled in for ricotta cheese– and it was a pretty awesome match. Aside from that though, I haven’t done anything particularly special…

Black Eye Pea Stew

Simple, slow, and delicious. Sure, no one asked me to summarize this dish in three words or less…but I love a good challenge. I’ve had dried black eye peas in the house for about a year– initially to make akara, a Nigerian fritter that’s delicious…but labor intensive. I’m still craving it, but I am admittedly…

Stewed Cod

Too easy not to make… right now! The sauce changes each time I make it, but includes different combinations of peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Roast the vegetables until soft, then sautee in olive oil, and cook the fish in the sauce that forms. Cod filets work perfectly for this, since they are firm, and won’t…

Roasted Garlic Salmon | Mediterranean Penne

Did I mention that I love fishing? Not in the past few posts, huh? Well…I love fishing. I’ve always loved fish and reptiles, so naturally I used to love watching the 90’s versions of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and all those wildlife documentaries definitely left there mark (thanks, Steve). I don’t keep or eat…

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…

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…

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 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…