"if you're afraid of butter, use cream." - Julia Child

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Taco Bell Chicken Quesadillas

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadillas

Don’t we all secretly harbor a guilty fast food pleasure? I have a health-nut friend that can’t resist the siren song of a Wendy’s frosty and an order of fries to swoop through it; I have another that swears that Egg McMuffins cure hangovers. But […]

Rogan Josh (Indian Lamb Curry)

Rogan Josh (Indian Lamb Curry)

Well, it’s that time of year again. That magical time when Cupid’s Arrows fly down from the Heavens and into our Chardonnay as we sit in an overcrowded restaurant across from the One We Love and order an expensive prixe fixe (that for some reason, […]

MN Wild Rice Soup

MN Wild Rice Soup

We all have childhood dishes we’ll never stop loving. For my best friend, it’s her father’s swedish meatballs with broken cream (I’ve had them, they’re life changing). For my aunt, it’s my grandmother’s chicken and dumplings (hard dumplings, the only way to live). This soup […]

Foolproof Roasted Chicken

Foolproof Roasted Chicken

I was always pretty intimidated by the prospect of roasting a whole chicken. Sure, Ina Garten always pulls a bird out of her oven that looks like it just stepped off the runway; but once you start researching recipes and techniques you start to realize […]

Capellini with Shrimp and Spicy Tomato Cream

Capellini with Shrimp and Spicy Tomato Cream

I’ve had my share of cooking mishaps over the years, especially when I was first starting out in the kitchen. A certain “tutto mare” made with mostly bottled clam juice comes to mind (it did not taste pleasantly like the sea as I’d intended); as […]

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

I was wary of Indian flavors for a long time. Like a lot of people, I’d been misinformed about the heat level and feared an amount of Scoville units that were simply out of my league. But a friend steered me in the right direction […]

Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Bacon Cheddar Waffles

  I know this is bound to be a somewhat unpopular opinion given all the Stranger Things fever spreading around lately, but it has to be said: supermarket frozen waffles taste like cardboard. It doesn’t matter what brand they are, what the gluten content is, […]

Pumpkin Lasagne

Pumpkin Lasagne

In my humble(ish) opinion, October is the best month for indulging in all things pumpkin. I know its flavor is more strongly linked to the Hallowed Thanksgiving Dessert category, but I think that by late November we’re all getting tired of the gourd-fest that’s been […]

Creamy Poblano Chicken Soup

Creamy Poblano Chicken Soup

I discovered this soup when I was at that magical crossroads in life; young, broke and working one of my first restaurant jobs. This soup was always on the menu (and still is — I presume grown adults like myself would riot in the streets […]

Momofuku Pork Buns

Momofuku Pork Buns

These pork buns are famous enough without an introduction from me — arguably David Chang’s most recognizable dish and the one that helped launch the Momofuku Empire. It’s always an interesting experience when you try a dish for the first time that you’ve heard about […]