MACARONI AND CHEESE WITH CREMINI MUSHROOMS + LEEKS CARAMELIZED IN FIG PRESERVES
I’m not ashamed— I like boxed mac ‘n cheese. Yes, it’s powdered cheese. And yes, I think it’s delicious.
For college students, it’s practically a food group. Just like instant ramen, it’s quick and cheap but nothing about it screams of sophistication.
So for those of you who scoff at powdered cheese or just want something different, meet my gourmet gemelli. It has plenty of cheesy goodness but there’s something special about this macaroni and cheese.
It’s secretly packed with vegetables!!
It’s perfect for getting kids to eat more veggies.
It’s also perfect for getting adults to eat more veggies. I’m looking at those of you who shrink away from spinach and disappear at the mention of daikon.
You know who you are
Veggie lovers and veggie loathers unite, I think this is a dish you’ll both enjoy.
CREAMY COCONUT RICE WITH DRIED FRUIT
I love this coconut brown rice. Actually I love just about any coconut rice but the addition of dried apricots and raisins gives this one an extra hint of sweetness and some nice texture.
I first made this dish back in 2014 while throwing a picnic to celebrate the end of the school year.
Regular people serve food along the lines of fried chicken, potato salad and sandwiches at a picnic.
Apparently I am not a regular person. Read more
SIMPLE NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER WITH ROASTED CORN + BACON
Okay, confession time.
I don’t eat clam chowder for the clams.
I know. Can we still be friends?
The clams are okay. Sometimes I eat them but if it’s a low quality restaurant or buffet chowder, I often eat around them. I’m into chowder for the potatoes and the rest of the creamy goodness rather than for the clams.
So why not just eat cream of potato soup? I could but I still like the faint briny taste of the chowder. New England Clam Chowder is the embodiment of a winter beach scene. Picture yourself tucked away in a cozy seaside cottage near a crackling fireplace as you watch the choppy waves break over a snow-scattered shoreline. Now imagine that feeling in taste form. Delicious. Read more
CARROT CAKE + CURRY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
My famous curry cream cheese frosting. Or infamous, depending on who you ask.
My family rolls their eyes. One of my friends licks it straight off her arms while helping me frost cupcakes. I have the photos to prove it. Except she’d kill me if I shared them. And you still want the recipe, right? 😉
Some people love it. Some people don’t get it. I hope you love it!
Carrot cake is one of the first types of cakes I ever baked. It’s also one of my family’s favorite cake flavors.
Unfortunately many bakeries and restaurants sell dry carrot cake. And the dryness can’t be hidden by the super sweet frosting that doesn’t even taste like cream cheese. It makes me sad.
What makes me happy is this super moist carrot cake full of crushed walnuts and golden raisins topped with a creamy frosting that gets just a touch of warmth from the curry.
It’s like a hug for your tastebuds.
And just look at that glorious cascade.