Date Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

date hot cocoa

Ok, ok. I hear what you’re thinking. “Date…salted caramel…almond milk…hot cocoa… Hey wait a sec, what are you tryina pull here?” That’s right…it’s “healthy” hot cocoa. I really don’t like applying the word “healthy” to food. People are healthy. Food helps us be that way…along with exercise, sleep, genetics, environment and a bunch of other factors. […]

Chicken and Dumplings

chicken and dumplings

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Before we get to the chicken and dumplings, let’s talk kitchen equipment. I want to share with you one of the gifts that I received at my wedding shower, one that I treasure. It wasn’t something shiny and new, right out of the box. Instead, it was […]

Leek and Fennel Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms

Fennel Leek Risotto

I love risotto because it’s one of the dishes I can cook without a recipe. It stands up to many different kinds of alterations and mix-ins, and will probably turn out fine as long as you have the right ratio of rice to liquid in mind (and even that, you can fudge a bit and […]

Easy Bibimbap Bowls

easy bibimbap

This easy bibimbap bowl recipe builds on the past two posts, using gochujang and leveraging my sunny-side-up egg technique. The first time I had bibimbap was on a trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate our first anniversary. Although it was May, the weather was on the cold side and a bit rainy. We’d planned to spend the […]

Perfect Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

sunny-side-up egg

Typically the post after a New Food Friday would use the new food in a recipe, but today we’re talking sunny-side-up eggs. No condiments, nothing fancy. I’m building up to something here. Be patient. 🙂 I decided to create this post after a conversation about cooking eggs at a holiday party. I realized that I […]

New Food Friday: Gochujang

gochujang

This post contains affiliate links. Learn more.  This New Food Friday post begins, like several others, in the bargain bin of my local Kroger. I’d actually been thinking about doing a post on gochujang for some time, but had never gotten around to it. Then, I spotted this bottle with a lovely sale sticker on […]

Fennel-Cabbage Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Fennel Cabbage Salad

This simple salad uses some winter staples including orange, cabbage and Friday’s new food, fennel. While winter may not exactly scream “salad time!”, this one makes the short days a little less bleak. It’s tangy, peppery, and satisfyingly crisp and fresh, the perfect antidote for those times when I simply cannot eat another roasted root […]

New Food Friday: Fennel

Fennel

This week’s New Food is another cool-weather vegetable: fennel. Even if you’ve never seen this white bulb with its fuzzy, fern-like leaves before, chances are you’ve consumed at least one small part of it. Fennel seeds are a common ingredient in Italian sausage and can also be found in Indian curries and other cuisines. In this post, […]