Hot Turkey Leone

Hot Turkey Leone

Back when the #SaferAtHome thing was new (or novel, if you will. Get it?), I called up a couple of friends on Zoom whom I hadn't seen in a month. They told me about some YouTube channel called the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, where those lucky geniuses get my dream job,...

Fermented Giardiniera

Fermented Giardiniera

I can get a little, how you say, obsessed with things. Diving whole-hog into projects and buying supplies to supplement my already busting-at-the-seams kitchen implement storage space. So, when it came to getting the proper supplies for fermenting after watching Brad...

Air Fried Bagels

Air Fried Bagels

This is my first foray into video. It didn't take very long to record, but it took a long time to edit, and I think the sound is kinda awful and now I know why people have their ingredients premeasured (the clinking and clanking annoys even me if you can believe it!)....

Kick the Cold Curry 🍛🥦🥕🥵

Kick the Cold Curry 🍛🥦🥕🥵

We've been trying Imperfect Foods for a couple of months now and I've found it to be convenient and I like seeing what the "imperfections" are and then getting mad that people don't know that misshapen sweet potatoes taste exactly the same as...

Salade de Betteraves et Chèvre

Salade de Betteraves et Chèvre

Saying chèvre like an annoying American is funny to me. Probably because I know a few French words but not enough to be useful, like when looking for the bathroom or asking for a beer. However, I distinctly recall learning my first French...

Roast Chicky-Bird

Roast Chicky-Bird

When I started chickening (in the last four years now—after having been vegetarian for nearly 20), I found these Smart Chicken whole birds at Woodman's. Their gimmick (if you will) is they air-chill and don't add water. I have no real idea what...

Gwynnie’s Detox

I was first introduced to Gwenyth Paltrow as a cookbook author some many New Years' Days ago (according to my records, it's been only four years) at a friend's house. One of the hosts' sister was an editor at the publisher I think? Anyway, I poured over the simple...

Brunchy Mary 🥃

Brunchy Mary 🥃

This one goes out to my friend, Don. What seems like another lifetime ago, I spent A LOT of time at Mickey's Tavern. So much time, in fact, that I married one of the bartenders and after that didn't work out, dated another. That's an entirely...

Tasty Tostadas 🌮

Tasty Tostadas 🌮

There isn't much that's more satisfying than a crunchy corn tortilla slathered (you heard me) with beans, topped with diced onions, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. First, though, I need to hop on my high horse, so gimme a boost here. OOMPH, thank...

Airy Onion Rings 🧅

Airy Onion Rings 🧅

At some point in my twenties—earlier than it should have—fried food began to disagree with me. Fried cheese curds, fish, mozzarella sticks, mushrooms... and onions. Although, I never really like onion rings because they were usually embarrassing...

Chrissy’s Chicken & Dumplings 🥣🍗

Chrissy’s Chicken & Dumplings 🥣🍗

This is yet another Teigen recipe fan-post. Her second cookbook garnered more than twice the post-its as her first book, and this recipe would get four; if there were that many sides of a piece of paper! Not Chrissy's, but an indication of what a...

Elotes y Arepas 🇲🇽 🇻🇪 🌽

Elotes y Arepas 🇲🇽 🇻🇪 🌽

Madison, WI is famous for its summer festivals. There is at least one grand one per month that attracts a hungry crowd. You see, at all of these fests, there are a lot of food carts. Some of these are extensions of restaurants that most people...

Baked Salmon & a Salad 🐟🥗

Baked Salmon & a Salad 🐟🥗

Sometimes I decide to make something for dinner because it'll be a challenge, or we have an ingredient or leftover to use up. And, sometimes I want to make something simple so we can enjoy two episodes of Better Call Saul instead of just one....

Party-Hearty Winger-Dingers 🎉🍗🌶🎊

Party-Hearty Winger-Dingers 🎉🍗🌶🎊

Despite my cooking prowess, I have been known to repeatedly order out (often enough to Facebook-friend the delivery guy) when I find something I *really* like. Extra-hot buffalo chicken wings were one of those repeated orders (this was way before...

Fishy Sands 🐟 🥖

This is gunna be a three-parter. One part recipe, one part product review, and one part local business promotion. I'll start with Lake Edge Seafood. A relatively new, unassuming fishmonger and restaurant in the Lake Edge strip mall off Buckeye...

Overnight Oats 🍌🥣

Overnight Oats 🍌🥣

I was on a vegan cookbook kick for a while, amassing all sorts of reference material for the one week that I tried being completely vegan (you can't eat out *at all* unless you know the chef). It wasn't difficult as long as I didn't try to...

Chrissy’s Tom Yum 🍜 🍤

Chrissy’s Tom Yum 🍜 🍤

I treated myself to Chrissy's 2nd book, Cravings, Hungry for More and, of course, started out by making one of the most difficult recipes in it. In fact, she cites that this one is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RECIPES IN HER LIFE. It's in the Thai...

Review: Winco FST-6

Review: Winco FST-6

There was a Facebook meme or a Tweet or some other such thing that suggests, "Welcome to adulthood. You have a favorite spatula now." I'm here to introduce you to my favorite (and hopefully your soon-to-be favorite) spatula. This is the Winco FST-6. This is the best...

Seitan Gyros! 🥙

Seitan Gyros! 🥙

Seitan isn't for the faint of heart; nor the gluten-intolerant. It's made from wheat gluten, the endosperm of the wheat berry, to be precise. Wheat gluten is chock full of protein and, when cooked, makes a really nice meaty substitute. You can...

How-to Pesto 🌱

How-to Pesto 🌱

My neighbor just got a bunch of really nice landscaping done on the side of her house that I can't see. The other night, she brought me over to show me all the basil and mint and thyme and wonderfulness that she had put in. It's not all edible,...

Cheesy Tortellini & Asparagus

Cheesy Tortellini & Asparagus

This is based primarily on a recipe from America's Test Kitchen's Make-Ahead Cookbook, which my mom gifted me for Christmas one year. It's full of wonderful ideas for preparing dinner, lunch, and dinner and ways to get more meals out of your...

Cauli-Orzo-Feta Salad

Cauli-Orzo-Feta Salad

This is from Chrissy's Cravings, which I've talked about before; it's the "lightest" recipe we've made from the cookbook (there may be others, we don't know yet). We've made this twice so far and it comes together really quickly because you get...

Baked Catfish Po’ Boys 🐟🥖

Baked Catfish Po’ Boys 🐟🥖

Full disclosure: I've never been to New Orleans and my only litmus test for a good po' boy is Bab's brief stint on Willy St. (where Ha Long Bay currently resides) and New Orleans' Takeout. Last night, however, I think I made the best catfish po'...

Almost Braulio’s Beans

Almost Braulio’s Beans

This is a highly-modified version of the black beans that Braulio used to make for Mickey's brunch when he had time. Being the frugal Mexican that he is, he would use dried beans, soaked overnight, and twice-cooked them; his were also vegan. I...