Fancy Pot Roast

Print Recipe Fancy Pot Roast aka "Braised Beef with Sweet Onion and Carrot Puree" This is based on the pot roast I grew up with, but with a nicer presentation. The veggies turn into a naturally sweet, silky sauce that you might be able to sneak by picky kids. This is...

Nomtacular Chili

When I was a kid, I judged a chili contest at Art Park. Being a kid, I was not that into spicy, so I (along with most of the other judges, who were all adults) voted for the least spicy offering in the contest, “Ridiculously Easy Chili”. And since it was...

Straight From the Freezer Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 2-8 (depending on how much you like your veggies) I have always liked brussels sprouts. I can’t explain it. It might have started with the microwave brussels in “cheez” sauce that my dad made for me when I was tiny. (I think he bought them by...

Paloma Cocktail

The classic Paloma cocktail is made with Fresca grapefruit soda, but I didn’t know that until I visited Mexico earlier this year. Here’s the version I’ve always made, which is really tasty. Ingredients: – A generous shot of silver tequila...

Pasta with Roasted Parsnips and Italian Sausage

Italian sausage + roasted parsnips + pasta = OM NOM NOM This one is from Daily Unadventures in Cooking. It’s tasty as written, but I like it best with a few tweaks: Roast the parsnips longer, so they get nice and brown and sticky (it takes me 40 minutes, vs. 25....

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Tajín

This recipe is a mashup of two Mexican dishes: Cucumbers with chili-lime powder Elote (sweet corn) with crema, chili-lime powder, and cotija cheese I was originally going to make the former, but tried adding a dab of crema, and I fell in love. Serves 2....