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 […]

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

A good friend of mine recently put out a call on Facebook for low-carb lunch ideas. Eating too many carbs (and not enough protein) is something I personally struggle with. Just ask MyFitnessPal. But, I have been doing a better job lately by replacing rice and pasta with other starchy foods that are higher in […]

8 Tips for Reviving Leftovers

leftovers polenta and peas

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Some of my most popular search terms for the blog have been things like “how to reheat grits” and “what to do with leftover risotto.” I know some people absolutely despise leftovers, and others (my husband, for one) just completely forget that they exist. I, on the […]

Paul’s Chicken & Rice

Brown rice + chicken thigh + broccoli + edamame

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe comes to the blog courtesy of Paul. You may remember that chicken and rice is one of Paul’s favorite food combinations, so when we were trying to come up with a healthy lunch that fit within his nutritional goals it was a natural choice. Paul […]

Chicken and Potato Curry

chicken crry with rice

This recipe is based on one for butter chicken (unfortunately the page was down the last time I checked, so the link may not work) that I’ve adapted slightly. The original is delicious, but this version came about on a Tuesday night before our Wednesday CSA delivery when I still needed to use up a handful […]

Red Lentil Curry

This vegetarian dish is warm and flavorful, no meat required.

One of the most unique wedding gifts that Paul and I received was a custom box of spices from his coworkers. (Thanks Kate and Ted!) The box came from Penzey’s Spices and was filled with glass bottles of thyme, smoked paprika, vanilla extract and other spices with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and whole nutmeg nestled […]

Anytime Gumbo (Or, How to Eat Gumbo Whenever You Feel Like It)

Sometimes you just need a bowl of gumbo. This recipe is for those times.

When I first started this blog I was mainly cooking just for myself. As a result, many of the early recipes are designed to make just one or two servings. (I still find myself in this situation now occasionally, when Paul has an obligation in the evening which is pretty common during marching band season, […]

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

This asparagus and lemon risotto is rich and creamy but with a bright lemon flavor.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  If you were reading the blog last summer, you probably know I’m a big fan of MasterChef, Fox’s cooking competition show for amateur home cooks. (The new season starts Monday at 8 pm EST–check it out!) Well, the cookbook from Luca Manfé, the Season 4 winner, just […]