The Belated Seder – Vegan Edition

A week late and a brisket short Armed with discounted Manischewitz So I missed Passover this year. For no reason. I just up and skipped it – the Seder, the kosher-for-Passover eating, and definitely the cleaning of the house. Chametz as far as the eye could see. But, true to form, the guilt did not pass me over….

Healthy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

Ahh breakfast potlucks. What a strange and necessary expectation you’ve become in my life. For some reason, VCU’s department of adult neurology celebrates/mourns/shrugs at all events by way of the breakfast potluck (BP). Having a baby? BP. Quitting in a fiery rage? BP. It’s Central Virginia’s Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day but only at our hospital?…

Playing with Knives

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln It’s not news to anyone that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one, or that the tiny sword that comes with your knife block is for dueling honing blades. Sharpening your knives is very much a Thing You…

Date Night: Salmon ‘n’ Friends

Date night is one of my most sacred traditions, and the source of some of my happiest memories. I imagine it has been a real hindrance to my love life over the years, given that I rarely/never actually invite anyone else along. Indeed, 98% of my date nights have been on my own, and tailored…

Bibimbap – A Love Story

The first time I had bibimbap was a disaster. Or rather, I was a disaster. I was spending the day at Fort Eustis (remote army base), and had lunch with the recruiter at Royal Garden Korean & Japanese Restaurant (remote strip mall gem). I knocked not one, but two, glasses of water over within the first 10 minutes….

BBQ & Cranberry Chickpea Wraps

I’ve been on a chickpea kick for the last couple weeks/24 years, so I figured I’d just go back to back with garbanzo recipes. Even better, this week’s recipe combines two of my favorite things: food I always have on hand and Muffin Monday. What is Muffin Monday, you ask? Is it just an unhealthy…

Stupid Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had planned to quietly sidestep the matter of a 4 month hiatus, but ’tis the season for resurrecting old ideas and calling them resolutions. This blog is that! I had wanted to post original recipes on a pretty regular basis, but fell off the wagon when work and med school apps and all the…

Zucchini Pancakes + Tzatziki

So this is another post (very) dedicated to other people, because it wouldn’t have happened had I not had a considerable amount of inspiration/guidance. Maura and Megan both gave me the idea for this and then picked up its pieces when the first attempt was a catastrophic failure. Here’s a picture of them that I keep…

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps (DIY Edition)

Some people are born effortlessly and perfectly creative, especially with cooking. They can make recipes up off the cuff or tweak old ones or do that thing where you throw unspecified amounts of different spices into the pan and it turns out great, always. I’m lucky to have been surrounded by a lot of those…

Farmers’ Market Finds – Skinny Chicken Alfredo feat. Squoodles

Squoodles is a really terrible portmanteau that I apologize for, but am also going to use anyway. The popular trend of spiralizing zucchini gave birth to “zoodles” (zucchini + noodles), and left squash + noodles for dead. It left squoodles. This week, I went to the farmers’ market and bought some beautiful yellow squash, pictured in its torture chamber spiralizer…

Farmers’ Market Finds – Ratatouille

I love ugly vegetables. Maybe it’s an underdog thing, maybe it’s because I think they’ll taste better to compensate. I just seek gnarly produce, and the gnarlier, the better. Farmers’ markets are the perfect place to find not only ugly vegetables, but cool/obscure varieties of mainstream supermarket offerings. I finally made it out to the local farmers’…

Tangy Lentil Salad

There is an unremarkable gray box of notecards in our kitchen, which contains all of our family’s coveted recipes, passed down through the generations with love. It is filled with secret recipes and charming original content and the answer to why all of our baked goods taste vaguely of sherry. OR SO I THOUGHT. Some…