Kitchen Sink Hush Puppies | Pepper Jack and Ham Deep Fried Cornbread

  I have a deep love for hush puppies that began -as so many things did- in my childhood in Kentucky. I was awfully young when we lived there and don’t have very many concrete memories of the place aside from creek stomping, salamander capturing, and sledding down coal piles in snow suits*, but one [Read On]

Honey Chipotle Oyster Crackers | Make Ahead Mondays

For today’s Make Ahead Monday I wanted to go in a not-freezer direction.  You know I love my freezer full of goodies, but there are certain staples I make ahead of time that have nothing to do with the chill chest. They’re too good not to share and so? I shall share! I specifically wanted [Read On]

Simple Garlicky Green Bean Stir Fry

Let’s review the rules of Tasty Penance. I give you a highly caloric or nutritionally suspect recipe that is irresistible (par example: this.) I feel guilty. I offer a recipe that is nutritionally sound and legitimately good for you that also tastes irresistible. I’m off the hook and feel free to give you more naughty [Read On]

Make Ahead Meatballs | Baked Meatballs and Polenta (Make Ahead Monday)

Update: A very astute reader (thank you, Elizabeth!) noticed that I had inserted one of my children’s math problems in the “how to make meatballs without a disher” portion of the recipe. If you had followed the instructions I gave, you’d end having SIX HUNDRED tiny, wee, adorable meatballs and cursing my name. Yeesh.  In [Read On]

Ninfa’s Green Sauce (Bonus Recipe Hack)

Full disclosure: I’ve spent some time in Houston but I’ve never been to Ninfa’s. I’m not even sure I’m pronouncing the name properly. Is it NIN-fahz? NEEN-fahz? neen-FAHZ? However you say it, though, I now want to eat there desperately because if this sauce is a sign of what they have to offer… Well, let’s [Read On]

Spicy Asian Broccoli

  If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know about my fixation, er, obsession, um, desperate love for Asian food. You may even have been here long enough to read my sob story about my favourite restaurant ever of all time for eternity Amen closing its doors so the proprietor could retire*. If [Read On]

Black Olive Penguins

Okay, everyone. Say it with me in 3…2..1… Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Come on. Isn’t that the most clever things you’ve ever seen? At a recent Christmas craft event put on by our homeschool group, one rockstar mom (hi, Tonya!) eschewed the usual brownies, cookies, fudge and mints (not that there’s anything wrong with those and may I [Read On]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  As I walked up from the mailbox a couple weeks ago, I glanced through the pile of stuff; a bill, some advertisements, blah blah blah, and then something caught my eye. On the cover of the new issue of Whole Living was a pan full of what appeared to be roasted Brussels sprouts with [Read On]