Suha’s Chinese Chicken Dish

“This one’s a keeper,” he said as he took a picture of his empty plate and insisted that it would be the most appropriate way to portray something so tasty. Maybe he was right. I was almost too hungry and grouchy to care. Plus, I’m thinking that the tagline to this blog should be “196…

Black Bean Dip

If you’re ever in need of something to while away a summer afternoon, plop some black bean dip on a plate and try to take an attractive picture of it. It may not be the most profitable activity, but, hey. Maybe you’re into pointless challenges. I hear there are young moms out there taking pictures…

Chai

My first taste of chai happened half a lifetime ago. I was in my mama’s kitchen and a blue-eyed boy from Oklahoma was standing at her stove, brewing up a concoction that he learned in his international traveling. He called it Kenyan Tea and I’m not sure he expected me to like it. He simmered…

Granola

The other day I was painting some trim in my house and listening to a podcast called “Embracing Your Inner Hippie.” Is it possible to embrace your inner hippie without making crunchy granola? I succumbed. And the results were delicious. I also succumbed to the idea that coconut oil is a wonderful natural beauty product…

Scones

It’s been so long since I’ve baked anything – except brownies from a box. Life has just been too full of other things, and baked goods are never on the top of the priority list.If they taste good, they’re going to be full of unnecessary carbs and sugar. And if I try to be proactive…

Cincinnati Chili

It’s been a long day. Roger and I drove to Lexington and did some shopping for the new camp kitchen. I introduced him to the Smashing Tomato and we enjoyed every single bite. (I had the Romagna Calzone and he had a Margherita pizza with the Original Chopped Salad. Good life decisions.) We eventually came…

Sweet Potato Chili

When my house is 79 degrees, there’s nothing I want more than to sit down to a steaming bowl of chili with the evening sun glaring through the open door and into the right side of my face. That’s a flat-out lie. But I did it anyway. And enjoyed it. Mostly because our whole family…

Cabbage Salad

I know, the grown-up way to eat tilapia is with a fork. But breading it, and pan-frying it and putting it between two nutritionally barren pieces of round white bread was so good. And tastier than anything I’ve ever broken out of a box and heated in the oven. I do love a good fish…

Potato-Chickpea Curry

If this plate of food was a person at the beach, you’d walk right past it without seeing it because it’s so nondescript. Except… you wouldn’t. Because who wouldn’t do a double-take at the sight of a plate of curry taking a walk on the beach? Seriously though. This curry is like one of those…

In the Beginning

Ever since I watched Julie & Julia, I’ve loved the idea of cooking through a cookbook. It’s a fun thought- but the struggle lies in finding a cookbook that I’m willing to commit to. Enter a weekend retreat in Columbus, Ohio. A group of us ladies were sitting around the lobby of the Rosedale International…