It might be because I just recently realized how easy it is to make the dish (a spice-filled, usually soup-like meal from India) at home. The secret is coconut milk and lots of fun spices and from there it is a fast train to curry town.
My obsession with curries coincided nicely with two recent developments: I am slightly crazed this week pulling together the Tampa Bay Times' annual Top 50 Restaurants package, editing our food critic's words and salivating over all the straight gems on this year's list. AND, I tried out a new recipe delivery service called Sun Basket.
One of the recipes in the basket was this chicken curry, which was so easy to make and so that I made it again using my own recipe here.
Every year, I try to eat healthy after the caloric terror that is the holiday season, and every year my husband's January birthday comes around, and I go crazy making an elaborate layer cake.
Okay, so that last part is a relatively new tradition, but it's one that you can go ahead and mark on the calendar from here until eternity because I am officially obsessed. There is a reason so many food bloggers and Instagrammers go all in on the cake aesthetic: MAKING CAKE IS SO FUN.
This is the three-layered cake I made for the husband last night. Why three layers? Why the heck not! The first layer is this champagne cake from Molly Yeh plus some sprinkles I dumped in the batter; the second is a chocolate-hazelnut cake I came up with after consulting a bunch of similar recipes; and the top layer is a coconut cakealso from Yeh that I have made four times in the past 12 months because it is so freakin amazing and coconuty.
Hello everyone!!! It has been a while. And while today is a Monday that feels particularly Monday-ey, Oprah was on TV last night preaching about how a new! day! is on the horizon and it inspired me to get on here and share a yummy casserole with you.
I made this last night while watching the Golden Globes, which are like the Oscars but also give awards to TV shows and are usually much boozier and looser and fun. Most importantly, they feature a lot of celebrity, and if you know one thing about me, it is that I get very invested in celebrity culture. Shows like these make me giddy. And especially this one, which was all about female solidarity in the face of the recent #metoo movement. I yelled "YAYYYY" at the TV in an empty living room last night when Lady Bird won an award. (Have you seen Lady Bird yet?! Please go see Lady Bird ASAP.) It was an empowering evening.
My family doesn’t get into Christmas meal planning the same way we get into Thanksgiving preparations. But we do go nuts on Christmas Eve, assembling a smorgasbord of different indulgences and eating them throughout the evening.
There must be pigs in a blanket, mini hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury biscuit dough, two things we never eat during the year but without which it would not be Christmas Eve. Also on the dining room table are chips with salsa and some sort of cheese dip, potato skins, meatballs or mini hot dogs simmering in a warm barbecue sauce, some sort of fruit or vegetable, a wheel of Brie melted with nuts and dried fruit, and loads of cookies.
Here are some suggestions for ways to make your Christmas Eve spread an all-out nosh fest.
It took about 10 minutes into making this recipe for me to realize that it was merely fancy Hamburger Helper. It is so what I need right now: warm, hearty, comforting. And it was easy to make, and didn't take a lot of time, which is great, because I have exactly zero of that until at least Jan. 1.
Also: It's a perfect thing to bring to any Christmas gathering you may be going to in the next few days. It’s not the healthiest thing in the world, but it is completely homemade down to the cheesey sauce, and that counts for something. Come on, we’ve got all of January to promise to eat more vegetables.
Every ingredient is crucial here, from the green pepper to the dried Italian spices to the cubed cheddar cheese. Serve it with a nice big spinach salad to counteract the heaviness of the cheese. Definitely don't wash it down with a handful of Christmas cookies. That is not something I did. Nope.
This is a nice, wholesome, dare-I-say-healthy dinner for December, when things are otherwise frazzled but you don’t just want to keep eating macaroni and cheese until Christmas. It's a true kitchen miracle for this most wonderful time of the year.
'Twas two weeks before Christmas, the holiday was coming soon, and a food blogger was working on a sweet post for you. But with too much holiday cheer on her mind, she forgot to click "save and publish" in time. So these recipes may be a little bit late, But who cares there's enough butter and sugar in them to satiate.
My rhyming may be off, but you get the idea. I meant to post this sweet collection of Christmas cookie recipes on Thursday, but instead it's been sitting here just waiting to be shared with the world.
So here we go! Five cookies that would make for a perfect lil platter this Christmas season. These recipes cater to my cookie platter dreams: something chocolately, something savory, something almondy, something overly festive. It gets the job done!