Recipe: Squash and Black Bean Chili

A quick filling chili that gets the job done. This is even more delicious with a nice heaping of sour cream and hot sauce or some crunchy tortilla chips / pieces to jazz it up. It packs good flavor on its own and has a bunch of textures but it just needs a little something…

Recipe: Peri Peri Chicken

This is just a delicious marinated chicken dish. It’s got a nice amount of spice to it but isn’t too overwhelming. This was a big party pleaser and it’s easy to prepare a lot. It’s probably especially nice if you have a grill but I used the oven and it worked out fine.

Recipe: Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup is great for a change of pace from other soups. I really enjoyed this one with noodles but it would be good with rice or some pieces of silky tofu too like the original had.

Recipe: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

This soup has a wonderful simplicity to it.  Sometimes coconut in soup can be really cloyingly sweet of overwhelming but in this soup its nicely balanced with the soft flavor of rice and the heartiness of mushroom. Since this takes only a few minutes to come together it’s perfect for when you don’t feel well…

Recipe: No Fry Sweet and Sour Chicken

I really love this recipe because frying is just a bridge too far for me most days. I understand most people don’t fry because of health but for me it’s mostly just laziness so if you want the delicious taste of sweet and sour chicken but less work – this is the recipe for you.

Recipe: Red Thai Curry Baked Potatoes

Two great tastes that taste great together. If you like curry and you’d like to alternative to eating with the many variants of Indian breads (dosa, chapati, naan, and so on) than this is great. I actually first had this in Amsterdam of all places but wow, it’s weirdly satisfying and filling. I had it…

Recipe: Mushroom Ragu

This is one of those recipes that doesn’t seem like much but it takes mushrooms from a bland, boring food to the perfect topping for almost anything. I used this ragu smothered over the tops of popovers but it’d be great on polenta, over rice, and even as a pasta sauce.

Recipe: Potato Gratin

I made a turnip gratin previously but I wasn’t in love with it but I think I’ve cracked the code this time. This potato gratin is so good it’s hard to stop eating! Layering the cheese and milk mixture is the most important part but also don’t cheap out and use poor quality cheese because…

Recipe: Simple Bean Soup

A nice hearty beans and greens type soup that sticks to your ribs in cold weather. Hearty enough to be a meal when paired with some bread or a salad but light enough to be a side dish for a roast dinner too.

Recipe: Chicken Afritada

This is a really simple dish that comes out pretty good. If you’re looking for a twist on chicken meals this one is a good place to start. I’m not usually a fan of sweet plus meat but the pineapple isn’t too clawing in this dish.