And I Said “Let There Be Grilling” – And Lo, the Carne Asada Was Good

It’s not often that we Washingtonians get a swath of summer weather in mid-April. The weeks following April Fool’s are normally scored by the collective signs of Seattleites frustrated by the simultaneous temptation of longer days and rising temperatures (Yay! Jeans and t-shirts!) literally overshadowed by a blanket of rain clouds. So you can imagine our elation last…

Strawberry-Blueberry Crisp (Vegan Style)

Sometimes, you just want something sweet. Oh man, you know how it is. Let’s say you’ve got a Costco-sized package of strawberries, of which – due to unforeseen circumstances – you’ve eaten a grand total of FOUR berries. You see those berries sitting there, peeking folornly from behind a week worth of leftovers, hoping that…

My Savory Eggplant and Bell Pepper Tomato Sauce

Years ago, my wife brought home a jar of pasta sauce that she said “sounded interesting.” We whipped up some spaghetti, and topped it off with her find, which was a sweet and savory tomato-based sauce featuring big chunks of roasted eggplant, and a subtle note of spicy cumin. Though I’ve periodically considered attempting to…

My Simple Chicken Fajita Recipe

This simple, spicy chicken fajita dish was an on-the-fly, “what’s in the fridge” type of creation. It took about 25 minutes to whip this up using basic ingredients that I just happened to have in the house. Use organic ingredients for a healthier, tastier meal. This is a good one to keep in your back pocket for…

Mini Curry Turkey Patties with Salad and Lemon Yogurt

There are certain flavors that I REALLY love. Peruse my previous posts, and you’ll discover recipe after recipe with various measurements of chili powder, cilantro, cumin, and – of course – garlic. They’re all spices that yield wonderful recipes with bold flavors, especially when they’re used in concert with one and other, and I love…

Super Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

Super easy slow cooker spicy chicken. The title doesn’t lie. I can’t emphasize enough how A) simple, and B) delicious, this recipe turned out to be. It also happens to be healthy, and if you – like us –  are only cooking for two, it yields a delicious dinner and nearly a week worth of…

The Best Mac & Cheese I’ve Ever Made

That’s right. I said it. As a side dish for Christmas dinner, I prepared the best mac & cheese I’ve ever made. For real, it was delicious. After gorging themselves on prime rib and king salmon, there were those who still went back for seconds of my mac. In fact, it even earned a nod of…

Blueberry Refresher

I am not difficult to shop for. Find something related to dinosaurs, aliens, bigfoot or that generally involves profanity, and I’m a happy camper. Or, if you’re simply stumped, just get me something related to food, beverages, or beer. I LOVE food and beer!

Easy Grilled Fish Tacos

Want a crowd-pleasing, easy to make recipe with no frills and layers of scrumptious flavor? Look no further than this hastily-assembled little gem. Thrown together on one of my early (and frequently occurring) “what’s in the fridge?” nights, this has become a mainstay in our household. Whip it up, crack a cold one, sit back,…

“To Brew, or Not to Brew…” – That wasn’t the assignment

I’m a high school teacher, and I can honestly admit the following: I love my job. I drive to work in the morning looking forward to the day ahead. I love interacting with my students, writing lessons, delivering content, and encouraging them to be their best selves. As a teacher, I take pride in my…

Brian’s Awesome Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

  In this wonderful season of cozy blankets, daylight saving, and blazing fireplaces, cooks like you and I are called upon to create foods to match. In my opinion, nothing says “fall” quite like a simple, hearty roast chicken. This dish takes a little time (about 20 minutes to prep and 90 to cook), but it’s…

Healthy Homemade Tomato Soup

After creating the pasta, cheese and hot dog amalgamation so laboriously explained in my last post, and from the consumption of which my body is still recovering, I thought it prudent to focus on healthy foods for a post or two. This healthy, vegan tomato soup recipe was my first attempt at digestive redemption following…

Hot Dog Mac ‘n Cheese: The Adult Version

Sitting at my computer, I glance half-heartedly over a line of text that I will delete, rewrite, edit and then elaborate upon, before finally scrapping entirely. The minutes of my afternoon tick away, and as I finally get this very sentence on the proverbial page, I realize that my incessant tapping of the delete key…

Super Easy Slow-cooker Pulled Chicken

As the school year gets rolling, and my teacher-brain is finally forced to lurch back into action, the marginally creative culinary lobe of my noggin tends to take a backseat for a while. In an effort to stem the eventual onslaught of dull midweek meals involving bottled pasta sauces and packets of taco seasoning, I’ve been trying to come…