The Kielbasa Split

My mom has a very pretty set of glass dishes for banana splits. The thing is, she hates bananas. A lot. Always has. So how did she acquire an entire set of dishes just for bananas? Let’s not dwell on questions we’ll never answer. The point is that we’ve got this set of very specific dishes, so I started trying …

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 …

Honey Nut Pork Pockets

Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Yeah, well I’ve got news for you: it looks even worse than it sounds. It tastes terrific, though. I don’t mean to sound surprised, but since I made it out of what I had in the house at the end of an extra long day — leftover puff pastry, frozen pork, crushed nuts, honey, and goat …

The Four Alarm Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s, we know you don’t want us to have this. We know you’re trying to protect us from ourselves. But your attempt at setting boundaries has led us to defy you. Some sandwiches are too important to be limited by your authoritarian whim, and besides, you have to let us make our own mistakes. To assemble a homemade imitation of …

Shrimp Fried Rice

Grandma’s shrimp fried rice tastes authentic, but way better than takeout. She showed me how to make it ages ago, but then I didn’t make any for a long while. As a result, shrimp fried rice is something I always feel as if I’m doing wrong, like I’ve left something out or skipped a step. Sometimes I’m right. Sometimes, the …