Tom Kha Kai- Laos

It’s finally getting cold, and this spicy coconut soup from Laos is the perfect way to warm up! It’s almost like Thai green curry, but in soup form. I drank it by itself, but you could certainly add some rice noodles or rice to make a heartier meal. I’m always in favor of a heartier…

Lazy Chicken Soup

3 chicken breasts (yes, yes, I know all the flavor and good stuff comes from the bones, but it’s all I had and the whole highly infectious cold and cough thing made it hard to go to the grocery store and find bone in chicken thighs!) 1 lemon 1 head of garlic 1 teaspoon black…

Creamy Tapenade Dip

You may notice that my last recipe also has “creamy” in the title. This is because I got a new food processor after mine being broken for over a year, and I’ve been getting a little bit over enthusiastic with it. Tapenade is really best chopped with a knife instead of a food processor, but…

Creamy Pasta Puttanesca

I was reading a cookbook the other day, and I came across a recipe for pasta puttanesca. I’ve only had pasta puttanesca twice in my life- once, when I had just watched A Series of Unfortunate Events (the one with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, a true classic). I begged my mom to make it,…

Gnocchi

Gnocchi is probably the most underrated Italian food. Bruschetta, polenta, foccacia, and antipasti have all been incorporated into the mainstream, but gnocchi’s been left behind, in all it’s spuddy glory. Did you know spuddy was a word? No squiggly red line showed up under it, so it’s a word. That’s my story and I’m sticking…

Garlic Bread

There is a kind of independence that comes with making garlic bread. You don’t need anyone! Or any Italian  restaurants! You can make garlic bread whenever, wherever. Well, as long as you have baguettes, garlic, parsley, and olive oil. This is not to be confused with garlic-cheese bread, which is a cheesy, creamy, decadent affair….

Truffle Polenta

Polenta is a somewhat obscure Italian dish. Not in my house. I was raised on the stuff. I believe that I’m about 3% polenta. Not the kind you see here, but the kind that comes in logs in Trader Joe’s. I love it with pesto. But I’m writing a recipe here, not a commercial for…

Creamy Truffle Fettuccine

This is on the menu at pretty much every Italian restaurant. It’s your classic creamy, cheese, garlicky, truffle scented pasta. I don’t care if it’s overdone! I don’t care if every food blog has a recipe for it! I don’t care if it’s cliched! Huh. Maybe my mom does have a point when she says…

Shaky Beef

I had shaky beef in a DC restaurant a long time ago. It’s a classic Vietnamese dish of lemongrass flavored beef and vegetables. It’s my favorite Vietnamese dish. Well, except for bahn mis. And pho. And Bo luc lac. Fine, so I can’t choose my favorite. But shaky beef is definitely up there! It’s really…

Finnish Mustard

We now have further evidence Finland is the most hardcore country in the world. So, us weak Americans make Christmas cookies for the holidays. The Finns make mustard. Can we throw in the towel and admit they’re cooler? I mean, let’s look at it. They have reindeer- which are just festive meese. The plural of…