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.

Recipe: Refried Beans

A basic staple of cooking re-fried beans. I hemmed and hawed if I wanted to post this recipe because it’s so basic and also because I used to buy re-fried bean (gasp!) instead of making them but since moving to Estonia that is no longer an option so now I make my own. They’re super…

Recipe: Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta

I get so sick of green salad and I’m always looking for salad substitutes that can be thrown together in a few minutes or even better, made ahead of time and this fits the bills perfectly.

Recipe: Cucumber Bites

Impress guests with this 5 minute recipe that is also healthier than average, bite sized, handheld, and cheap! It’s gluten free and vegetarian also and can be made vegan with vegan cream cheese substitutes (like some soft nut cheeses out there which taste pretty good). The best part of these bites is that they can…

Recipe: Chicken with Snow Peas

This is actually a really easy to make meal. It isn’t exactly like take out but it’s also not completely healthy either so it fills that need for take out without having to do too much work and unlike a lot of Chinese-American food it isn’t fried so it’s not too terrible as long as…

Recipe: Grilled Halloumi Salad

This easy salad is perfect for a side dish, first course, or even a main dish when paired with some bread or other small dishes. It comes together really quickly and is really flavorful with just a few ingredients.

Recipe: Aloo Dahi

If you’re unfamiliar with Aloo Dahi, it’s basically pan-fried potatoes that are sitting in a spicy yogurt sauce. It’s a really cheap, easy, and filling recipe that can be served with rice, naan, dosa, etc. It has a delicious flavor and it’s soft texture makes the dish feel very home-y.