Posted in November 2011

Horchata

Horchata

I first tried horchata while working at a family-run Mexican restaurant during high school.  Horchata is a refreshing Mexican beverage made with rice, milk, and cinnamon.  It’s the second best accompaniment to a good Mexican dinner, right after a big margarita. Though, for some reason horchata was not a particularly popular menu item.  I think that … Continue reading

Refried Beans from Scratch

Refried Beans from Scratch

If I had to choose only one type of cuisine to live on for the rest of my life it would have to be Mexican.  I have yet to find a dish that couldn’t be improved at least a bit by green chilies.  Soup, eggs, biscuits and gravy, cornbread, you name it. The most popular … Continue reading

Crock Pot Manhattan Clam Chowder

Crock Pot Manhattan Clam Chowder

There is nothing like a nice pot of soup on a cold day.  It’s especially nice if you come home to a house that smells like someone has been cooking all day. I love using the crockpot year round because it makes it so easy to have a good meal after a long and hectic … Continue reading

Rhubarb Dal

Rhubarb Dal

Indian dals, or lentils,  are some of the simplest and most flavorful recipes around, not to mention frugal.  I make lots of dals from the recipes at Quick Indian Cooking when I am eating at home by myself because they come together so fast and they are relatively healthy.  It keeps me away from Taco … Continue reading

Crockpot Southern Style Greens

Crockpot Southern Style Greens

I never grew up eating collard greens, but I did try them a few years ago at the Cracker Barrel and they have since become one of my favorite side dishes.  I call these greens “Southern Style” since they use bacon instead of a ham bone, which is the way they are typically prepared in … Continue reading

Preserved Lemon Soda

Preserved Lemon Soda

Wow.  This drink is amazing.  I’ve been sitting in front of the computer writing cover letters and working on my thesis all day, so I needed a bit of an afternoon pick me up. I made a quart jar of preserved lemons last winter from the recipe in Sherri Brooks Vinton’s Put ‘Em Up an … Continue reading

One Dish Meal: Lamb Casserole

One Dish Meal: Lamb Casserole

It may not make for a pretty picture, but it does taste good. I’m not a big fan of leftovers.  I’ll eat them because I hate the idea of wasting food, but I get tired of them pretty fast.  Wade eats leftovers no problem and never complains.  That’s ok.  I probably do enough complaining to … Continue reading

Super Fast Chicken and Shrimp- Cajun Style

Super Fast Chicken and Shrimp- Cajun Style

Wade and I were able to get away for some much needed rest and relaxation the past week.  We drove down to New Mexico and went to Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Albuquerque, the area around the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was tested, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos.  Whew! It was a great time, … Continue reading

Halloween Food Day 31: Colcannon

Halloween Food Day 31: Colcannon

While looking up food ideas online I came across websites about the old Irish tradition of serving colcannon on Halloween.  I had heard of colcannon before but never tried it.  I’m sure it will end up in our regular rotation because it is so easy, tasty, cheap, and filling. According to several things that I … Continue reading