Stepped Up Stuffed Peppers

View cooking not as a task or chore. Instead shift the perspective to resemble the one we take when embarking on a road trip with stops along the way, some planned and some serendipitous. My Bearded Husband deserves the credit for this concept inspired by the presence of excess bell peppers in our fridge and…

Wickled Eggs

The painstaking process of peeling eggs in large quantities is made effortless by my mother’s deft fingers. She leaves behind a mountain of white shell bits piled on top of a paper towel made damp by the repeated tap and roll.  A vintage Pyrex mixing bowl brims with perfectly oblong protein packages awaiting their deviled…

Quinizza aka Pizza-Flavored Quinoa

The embers of an intense passion gently glow deep within the confines of my soul. I willingly fuel this unquenchable craving on a daily basis, nourishing its presence and embracing its necessity. I speak, of course, of garlic. It will be a strange and unhappy day when something I cook does not contain an (abundant)…

As Pretty As a Peach Bars

Slice a peach cleanly in half and gently pull the pit from the center, revealing blushed craggy walls. This textured core gives way to juicy ochre flesh surrounded by skin that echoes the simultaneous soft and rough quality of a cat’s tongue. The sweet tang of a perfectly ripe peach is irresistible and can’t be…

Cake by the Pound

When Beyonce stated, “Every girl in here got to look me up and down All on Instagram, cake by the pound” I am certain this recipe is what she was directly referring to. Currently, I am in possession of only one loaf pan, a baking transgression I will hopefully rectify sooner rather than later. Fortunately,…

Nuttin’ But a Tree Thang

One, two, three and to the four Add whatever nuts you want, mix it up galore!  Technically only three of the delights featured in this salty crunchy snack are nuts that come from trees. Nonetheless, I still feel comfortable in perpetuating the misnomer “mixed nuts” in reference to this snack entity as a whole. While…

A Toast to Roast…ing!

Roasting remains my go-to method of preparation for fresh vegetables in all their forms. Emerging from the oven highlighted with a golden bloom, vegetables – broccoli, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, the list goes on – remain healthy while adopting a previously elusive level of comfort and satisfaction. I find it difficult to resist the addition of…

Breakfast Pizza

Starting as early as elementary school, I requested eggs in a basket as my breakfast of choice on standardized test taking days. My dedicated mom used a glass to remove a perfect circle from the middle of white bread, cracked a gorgeous egg in the center, and served up this dish seasoned simply with salt…

Vindaloo-se Yourself in the Moment

This dish is far from mom’s spaghetti and it proves to be incredibly satisfying. A bed of roasted spaghetti squash is blanketed by rich vindaloo curry sauce that is peppered by… peppers (go figure) and fresh Florida shrimp. The crowd eating this – whether two people or twelve – will go so loud when they…

Cocoatmeal Cookies

When oatmeal is present in a cookie or other sweet treat, do not mistake its presence as a means to force health onto unsuspecting confection ingesting participants who simply want to satisfy a sweet tooth. While, yes it might stand as a comforting mental trick to quell feelings of guilt that might accompany the consumption…