Broiled chicken with tomato and goat cheese pasta

I can’t wait until I have a house. Actually, all I really want is a decent grill. I don’t really need a house for that, but silly laws about having grills on decks in apartments prevent me from doing any real grilling. Is it so much to ask for few cuts of grilled chicken to [...]

Knockwurst, onions, and mushrooms

I’m not sure which wurst is the best wurst (or, ahem, würste for those looking for something more authentic), but knockwurst is pretty tasty. Of course you can go with the standard bratwurst, but this is the perfect dish to try a different kind… you have so many to choose from! Bratwurst, rindswurst, knackwurst (or [...]

End-of-summer tart

This simple tart is a great way to use up all those summer fruits you have sitting around. If you don’t have any fruits, what’s wrong with you? Summer fruits are the best. Peaches, strawberries, plums, berries, cherries… Go get some. It doesn’t matter what, I’ll wait.
I hope you picked up some puff pasty while [...]

Goat cheese gouda grilled cheese

I hate it when I have a good idea that spirals out of control. I made that spinach and blueberry salad recently and was so impressed with it that I wanted to, wait for it, turn it into a grilled cheese sandwich.
Let me break this down for you though, it’s actually a pretty small step [...]

Grilled Cheese: Manchego with sun-dried tomato spread

Grilled cheeses might be one of my favorite and easy foods to make. Well, that and beans-on-toast. And chili cheese dogs. And easy pizza. And chocolate chip cookies. And brownies. And mac and cheese. OK, OK, so I have lots of favorite foods, but grilled cheese has quickly become a new favorite. (wow, that’s a [...]

Better than your average BLT

…or a BTYABLT, you know, because initialisms are cool or whatever. Well, they probably aren’t, and this one is just silly. The sandwich, on the other hand, is anything but silly. Toasted bagel, sun-dried tomato spread, avocado, bean sprouts, bacon, and–actually, that’s it… If this sandwich was any bigger, you’d have to unhinge your jaw [...]

Glazed carrots

If I had these carrots as a kid, maybe I would have eaten them more often. I don’t think I was the pickiest eater as a kid, but almost all kids have their limits. Steamed carrots was one of them. Funnily enough, I remember liking raw vegetables, carrots, broccoli and the like; Eating those was [...]

Easy as (pizza) pie

Pizza is easy, right. Yup. Even making the dough is pretty easy. But seriously, even my super-easy, no knead dough intimidates people. And you have to plan ahead. You have to mix it, let it rise, stretch it out, bake it. Honestly, sometimes I just want pizza that I don’t have to make from scratch. [...]

Bean Chili

Well, it’s fall now. Time to get out the stews, braises, hot soups, and a host of other comfort foods. I know it isn’t exactly cold outside yet (particularly in North Carolina), but it’s not too early to be thinking ahead. Besides, I like chili. And I like this one.
It’s a bit different than my [...]

Roasted Chickpeas, Two Ways

Clearly, there are more than two ways to prepare roasted chickpeas. This is simply the two ways I served it this time. But hold on a second… roasting beans? Why would you do that? Well, check this out, if you roast chickpeas long enough, they become more like nuts than beans. They get this crazy [...]