Thai Basil Chicken

The upside to tall the rain that we’ve been having lately is that my little vegetable garden is doing great! It looks like I should have some peppers and tomatoes soon, and its already been a few weeks since I’ve had to buy fresh herbs. My basil plants has gotten to the point of ridiculousness (I meant to take a pic, but I forgot) needed some TLC. Normally when it gets to that point I’d make a big batch of pesto, but my freezer is already fully stocked with pesto from Whole in the Wall, so that just seemed silly. I thought about other ways to use it up, and decided that basil chicken would be a good idea. I’ve been craving Thai lately anyway. Basil chicken is probably one of the simplest Thai dishes to make. [....]

Meat-Free Friday: Linguine with Scallops and Saffron Cream Sauce

When I saw a saffron cream sauce over at The Pink Peppercorn, I immediately put it on my list of things to make. Then I saw another one over at Vlasta Loves to Cook, and it went on my list of things to cook immediately!

Saffron can be expensive, but I picked some up on a trip to Trader Joe’s for $2.99. As long as you have that on hand, this dish can easily be whipped up with ingredients that you’ll likely have on hand. A little milk, leftover heavy cream from making ice cream, some frozen bay scallops … a little bit of this, a little bit of that… and you have an amazing dish! [....]

Spinach and Lemon Soup with Goat Cheese Ravioli

When I know that I’m going to have an exceptionally busy week at work, I like to make a big batch of something over the weekend that I can bring with me for lunches or dinners. That way I don’t have to worry about making dinner if I get home late, and I don’t waste money eating unhealthy and expensive take-out.

Most “big batch” foods tend to be fairly wintry – soups, chilis, etc – but some soups work well in the warmer weather. This soup is one of them. The lemon juice in the broth keeps it very light and refreshing, almost like drinking a cup of herbal tea. [....]

Tempura Asparagus with Asian Glazed Steak, Shitakes, and Grilled Pineapple

I’m so excited to see that the local farmer’s markets are starting to get more produce! I’m tired of seeing the same old apples, potatoes, and greens. Boring… When I saw some beautiful asparagus and strawberries this past week, I felt like I hit the jackpot! I don’t deep fry food very often, but I really wanted to try something different with the asparagus, so I went with tempura.[....]

Grilled Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Ever since my honeymoon in Mexico (over 3 years ago already!), I’ve been obsessed with Mexican food. I love pretty much all of it, but I especially like the flavors that are more out of the ordinary. We have a great taco shop here that makes a delicious chili-citrus pork taco with pineapple salsa. The combination of pork with pineapple is wonderful, and was my inspiration for this dish. [....]

Tostones with Green Sauce

I’ve loved plantains ever since I was a kid, but I never had (or even heard of!) tostones until my recent trip to NYC. In NYC, we ate these as an appetizer but they work great as a side dish as well. I served these alongside some grilled pork and pineapple tacos (the recipe for that is coming up tomorrow!). I’d also make them for a snack. They really don’t take very long to whip up, and I like the combination of savory and subtly sweet flavor. [....]