Butter

You think you’ve had butter before, but trust me…

This ice cream is bananas!

Banana-fana Faux Ice Cream

At the end of the summer last year, the food blogging world was hit hard by an incredible new discovery: If you freeze a banana, then beat it up in a mixer or food processor for a while, it eventually turns into something with the flavor and consistency of ice cream. (Banana ice cream, of course.) No, I know—I didn’t …

Breakfast quinoa with fruit and honey

Breakfast quinoa with fruit and honey

All things being equal, hot cereal is not great. You know who knew that? My grandma. It didn’t matter how much cinnamon or brown sugar or magic you put in it. Oatmeal, cream of wheat, that hot-grape-nuts stuff that people pretend to like… even if it reminded her of hot cereal, she wouldn’t go near it. For the most part, …

Singapore Noodles: Totally not from actual Singapore

Family Circle is an American institution. A very American institution. They’ve been delivering top-notch food publications since Hoover was in office. But to be fair, they’ve probably spent about as much time in the island nation of Singapore as Family Circus has. So don’t go into this little stir-fry recipe expecting authenticity, is all I’m saying. However, if you go …

Banana-Zucchini Fritters

Banana Zucchini Fritters

We forgot about the bananas again. With little more to work with than two overripe bananas and a zucchini from John’s mom, who had bought zucchini in bulk and quickly grown extremely tired of zucchini, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to figure out anything delicious to make. But I noticed that people do seem to like banana and zucchini …

Donna's Quinoa with Grilled Salmon

Keen on quinoa

Quinoa looks to be gaining in popularity as a trendy food. Let’s keep that going, everybody, because quinoa is incredible and we should be eating it all the time. I truly don’t understand why I had never heard of this stuff until maybe last year. Unless… is this a massive hoax? Was quinoa secretly developed in a lab in 2007 …

What’s the matter, rice? Yeller?

Yellow rice is easy, so I make it all the time. I make it for Bananafish, for Catfish Stew, and for a simple rice and beans dinner, and occasionally without even the beans, just with some grilled chicken or something. Although,  in all seriousness, black beans and yellow rice. It’s where it’s at. Here’s the way. Easy Yellow Rice Serves …

If you want something done right, do it yourself

Who doesn’t like beans? Me. I don’t like many beans. Until relatively recently, I didn’t like any of them at all. I used to be a picky eater. Just in general. During college I began to try to figure out how to like some of the foods that people seem to love in spite of what I once considered their …

Squish-Free Potato Salad

If you ask me, potato salad, in all its various styles, is one of mankind’s crowning achievements. John, on the other hand, doesn’t like it at all. And, I mean, that’s okay. He doesn’t have to like everything I like. He has rights. This is one of them.But for some reason I just cannot seem to leave him alone. So …

Poseidon’s Spring Break in Cancun

We over-shopped the other day when we set out to make Bananafish, so today I had a bunch of extra tilapia that needed to be dealt with. Seemed like a great excuse to take a crack at an old favorite, the fish taco. First, I stood back and asked myself: Kristina, what do you even know about fish tacos? They’re …

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie: no longer a full-time job!

Making stuff yourself is better than using the prepared variety from the store. I think we can all agree on that. It’s great to cook from scratch, for the sake of nutrition and frugality and pride and self-sufficiency. Of course, we all have our limits. Me, I draw the line at puff pastry. I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart …

Simple and snappy: Sausage and Pappy! …ers!

Sausage and peppers (with rice) is one of our fallback dinners. We make it when we want a dinner that seems extra easy and casual even to us — and that’s saying something, because we are by no means fancy. When it comes to dinner, we’re pretty lazy, as a rule. But we do like to eat well. So this …