Simplicity, Laziness and Lunch

One of the reasons I struggle to update this blog most of the time is that the more I cook and learn about food, the simpler the food I make seems to get. The days of recipe testing are long gone for me, and have been replaced by easily thrown together, delicious and simply-seasoned meals….

Shakshouka-Style Eggs with Red Onion, Sweet Peas and Balsamic

Man, it is FRIGID in Illinois these days. So I’m pretty into all things hot and saucy and soupy at the moment. And these shakshouka-style eggs totally did the trick with red onion, yellow pepper and sweet peas along with extra crushed red pepper… fresh and warming all at the same time. Had this for…

Spicy Tomato Fajita Vegetables Inspired By My Empty Pantry

If you’re at all like me, you spent a scary amount of money over the holidays. Travel, presents, two kinds of cheese AND French baguette for your vegetarian stuffing because why do meat eaters get to have all the fun… Maybe that one is just me. Anyway, I’m feeling pretty broke in the aftermath of…

Vegan Bok Choy and Tofu Dumplings

Hello! I’m back with a little update and a recipe. Still hanging out in our little apartment in Shanghai… We will have been here one month as of tomorrow!! Can’t believe it. The weather has improved TONS so I have come out of hibernation and have been spending my days wandering around and hanging out…

Purple Potatoes and Green Beans in Spinach/Hummus Pesto

   Pretty pesto purple potatoes.  Alright, now I’ve demonstrated my alliteration skills… I LOVED this little dish. Actually I wasn’t intending on blogging it, just using stuff up in my fridge, but it was beautiful and delicious. Really pretty sad I ate it all already, actually. Damn.  Things have been pretty crazy in Girl, Stir-Fried…

Grilled Balsamic Brussel Sprout Bruschetta 

This is going to be another post about your grandma being wrong. This time my beef is about Brussel sprouts. The little guys have gotten such a bad reputation and it’s really not their fault. Sorry Grams, but throwing a veggie in a pot of boiling water until it’s soft and mushy is never the…

Sweet and Citrusy Sriracha Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Pineapple

‘Ello! Remember when I had time to post recipes 3 times a week? Those were the days…  Anyway since I’ve been too busy to blog (or make much food worth blogging) I might as well update y’all on the life happenings causing my absence from the interwebs… I’m planning my departure for an around-the-world trip!…

Curried Chickpea and Apple Salad

This is sort of my version of the classic curried chicken salad. I used to love those when I ate meat – if there was a curried chicken salad sandwich at a deli I would get it every time. So good. But what’s better than chicken? CHICKPEAS! My favorite food! I could just pour those…

Summer’s End Pasta with Balsamic Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Walnuts

I survived vacation! It was difficult, but you know, I managed to get through through the morning beach walks, large amounts of food, and nights in the pub. Perseverance! 😉       I am now, of course, fairly jet-lagged. Which means two things: 1). I’d like my carbs with an extra topping of carbs, please…

Black Beans and Rice

Hello from Chicago O’Hare airport! I would like to take this opportunity to say how really terrible the international terminal is here. I feel like I’m surrounded by very angry people that have been waiting in a bunch of very long lines to take very long flights. Whoever thought that having one terminal where you…

Creamy Lemon and Herb Tahini Dressing

I had a bottomless bag of sesame seeds in my cupboard. I swear I use them all the time, but the bag wasn’t really getting any smaller. So I decided it was time to say goodbye to the bag of sesame seeds and free up some precious pantry real estate. And, you know, I was…

Quick and Classic Pasta Salad

Another weekend, another out-of-town wine festival for work. This time it was the Illinois State Fair, land of funnel cakes and corn dogs. Needless to say I needed to pack lots of snacks to resist temptation. (Also, thank god for the “Ethnic Village,” the only place at the fair with solid meat-free options. Samosas forever)….