Ravioli is a funny place to find Philly cheesesteak

Jenny’s Experimental Dinner: Philly Cheese Steak Ravioli

Round 3 of the Experimental Dinner Game took place at Jenny’s, where she made homemade ravioli. From scratch. And not just any homemade ravioli… homemade ravioli stuffed with steak and a blend of cheeses, with a white mushroom-and-pepper sauce, inspired by the classic Philly cheesesteak. As a dinner, this little twist was the difference between predictability and genius.I invited the …

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 …

Jambalaya

Sneaky eggplant jambalaya

Lately, the threat of crippling sniffles has kept me mostly indoors. That trapped feeling has helped me finally remember to pack a lunch before work. I’ve even started thinking about weekday lunches when I’m preparing dinner! (Like when I got some extra wonton soup, pictured, from the Chinese delivery place over the weekend. What? Ordering counts as preparing.) Jambalaya makes …

Martha Stewart’s Friend’s Thai Chicken Soup

One day at the gym last year, I forgot my headphones and got stuck on the elliptical machine with nothing but the YMCA’s slim collection of discarded magazines to entertain me. I had two hundred parenting magazines and a Martha Stewart Living to choose from. So. First, Martha taught me about tomato gardening. It’s not a particular interest of mine …

Buffalo Cheez-It Pizza

For about a month, I’ve been perfecting a bread machine recipe that has a crust that tastes dead on like spicy Cheez-Its. No kidding. It’s part of a medium-secret sandwich project I’ve been working on. Naturally, the remarkable Cheez-It resemblance was begging to be developed into something besides a loaf of sandwich bread. Maybe something with a greater crust surface …

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 …