Monthly Archives: January 2010

Recipe 2-fer: Washington’s Green Grocer Produce Box Adventure

I recently signed up to have a vegetable and fruit box delivered to me from local farms through Washington’s Green Grocer. It doesn’t cost too much more than I usually spend on produce in a given week, and it’s local and organic! I got my first box yesterday, and it had so many beautiful fruits…

Pantry Raid: Tomato & Chickpea Stew

I went to a tweetup last night sponsored by a cool foodie group engaging in community service; I had to leave pretty early to metro there, but wanted to make sure I had a good dinner first so I threw together this tomato & chickpea stew from what I had in my pantry/fridge. It was…

Chicken w/ Exotic Mushrooms & Green Swiss Chard

The wonderful thing about swiss chard is that it has a great flavor on it’s own, and doesn’t need too much accompaniment. I’ve done a mushroom & kale dish before (I’m sure the recipe will make it up at some point :)), and I’ve done chicken and exotic mushroom dish (yeah, that one will make…

Penny Pinching Tip #7: Invest in Good Quality Pots

I’ve said this before, but I make a point in buying good quality kitchen implements because it makes my time in the kitchen infinitely more enjoyable, and it’s well worth it in the long run. I’ve talked about knives, and now I’m going to talk about pots. Penny Pinching Tip #7: Invest in Good Quality…

Dinner Party (5 of 5): Cinnamon Banana Cake w/ Candied Walnuts

I’ve been remixing this recipe a lot because I love banana muffins/cake, and this recipe has been great in every variation I have tried. As the final course of my dinner party, I wanted something sweet but not too heavy since we had already eaten so much. I used oil here since it’s a dessert,…

Dinner Party (Part 4 of 5): Coconut Curry Chicken

I’d had a can of coconut milk sitting in my pantry for months; I’ll admit, I was a bit trepidatious about using it (not sure why). Seriously, I shouldn’t have waited so long–it made this chicken dish so rich and delicious. And there weren’t any leftovers :) Coconut Curry Chicken Ingredients: 1 tsp vegetable oil1…

Dinner Party (Part 3 of 5): Balsamic Glazed Chickpeas w/ Red Swiss Chard

I had originally planned to do roasted brussel sprouts for my dinner party veggie side dish, but the red swiss chard looked so amazing I just couldn’t resist (it hasn’t looked good in MONTHS). I decided to pair the chard with chickpeas for texture, and caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar for flavor. It was the…

Dinner Party (Part 2 of 5): Twice Baked Parsnip & Sweet Potato Mash w/ Pecan Streusel Topping

Dear Readers, For the first time since I started tracking my blog with Google Analytics, I have surpassed 1,000 visits in a 30 day period. And it’s because of you! Thank you so much to all of my loyal followers (and first-time visitors too!), and please continue to enjoy my recipes and ideas :)Dinner Party…

Dinner Party (Part 1 of 5): Cucumber, Fennel & Radish Salad

I hadn’t hosted a meal in a while, so I decided to host a dinner party last night–thanks to both JG’s, JK, LM, and RK for letting me cook for them, and especially to AK for washing the mountain dishes :). The menu was: Cucumber, Fennel & Radish Salad (Recipe Remix from this)Twice Baked Parsnip…

Reader Poll: Dish Inspiration Challenge

I found this fun new blog recently that challenged readers to think of a hobby other than cooking, and then create a dish inspired by that hobby. I thought about this for a while–I’ve been focusing on cooking/baking and general food-related stuff for the last few months, so it took me a while to figure…