Hummus every meal!

Hummus All Day Long

Did you know I used to hate hummus? I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before. You see, I have, and always have had, a problem with chickpeas. My problem in a nutshell is that everything about them is terrible. However, my mom discovered earlier this year that Sabra makes a couple of really tasty, totally-not-remotely-terrible-or-chickpea-like varieties of chickpea hummus, …

Beans + Cornbread

Speckled Butterbeans and Cornbread: They Go Hand in Hand

Speckled butterbeans aren’t very pretty, but they’re packed with fiber and protein, and they taste good if you cook them with the right stuff. Cornbread is beautiful, but nothing about it is particularly nutritious. It tastes amazing all the time no matter what. The combination of speckled jalapeno butterbeans baked under a thick crust of sweet fluffy cornbread, served on …

Flux Capacitor Rice

Flux Capacitor Rice

If Flux Capacitor Rice were served to you anonymously—”anonymous” here meaning that the name of the dish, and not the identity of the person serving it, is unknown to you, because if you don’t know who’s serving you something then you probably shouldn’t eat it—I doubt you’d notice any similarities at all to Back to the Future. You see, unlike …

Golden baked potato chips

I have kind of a thing about sounds. I find them distracting. I can’t work when the office phone is ringing, or write while someone’s drumming on the table, or sleep if the TV is too loud in another room. Of course, it’s probably pretty normal to be annoyed by annoying noises. At most, I’ll admit to the possibility that …

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 …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

I got this recipe from Diet, Dessert and Dogs the same day I got a sack of impulse brussels sprouts from Whole Foods. The previous week, I had read in an article (for probably the hundred thousandth time) that brussels sprouts are pretty much the best thing you could ever eat. Remembering that article and faced with a pretty little …

Rotelle with Mozzarella and Roasted Peppers

Rotelle seems to mean different things to different people. The photo in my Family Circle cookbook shows pinwheels, but all we ever seem to find in the store is springs. Of course, it’s fine with springs. It’s also great with penne. John prefers it with cheese-filled tortellini, because when we use those, we skip the cubed mozzarella. Chunks of cheese …

Root Vegetables

Honey-Roasted Root Vegetables

Loved this. Made it while Mike and Njicki were visiting, because they’re vegetarian and the least I can do is make an effort. It was a big risk to try a new recipe. But it turned out to be delicious. And easy. Really easy. Easy enough that if it hadn’t worked out, I still could’ve tried something else. Got it …