Roasted Tomato Sauce

In my life, two things inevitably happen…like clockwork…almost ritualistically, toward the end of August or into early September. Thing the first is that my friends will come out of their summer hidey-holes and my pad will turn into grand central station for a good week or so. My theory is that September really is more…

Red Beans & Rice

Apparently I make red beans and rice all wrong. Firstly, my recipe has no tomatoes. “Louis Armstrong’s recipe has tomatoes, Melanie. Who do you think you are making red beans and rice without tomatoes, Melanie?” I’m someone who believes that there are already enough saucy, tomatoey things in this world and that the holy trinity…

Soup of the Week: Roasted Poblano and Three Sisters

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Three Sisters in agriculture, I strongly suggest you educate yourself because it’s rather cool and there’s a lot of compelling folklore and art around it. My Coles’ Notes version: The Three Sisters are corn, winter squash and beans. Different variations on this trio is grown all over…

Turnip Rangoon

When I first started talking about putting this recipe together and then dropped some pics on the facespace while I was making them, I got a lot of “WTF is a Rangoon?” I was a bit flabbergasted because I thought crab Rangoon was one of those things everyone knew about because it’s on pretty much every…

Brulé

So #sorrynotsorry for the tease of a headline, for this post is not about that wonderful method of torching food things in order to give them a delectable, crispy, caramelized croute. What it is about is a project (one among many, many others) I’ve had the honour, pleasure, and arse pain (literal and figurative) of…

Spicy Fried Clam Po’ Boys

One of my favourite sandwiches ever is a good fried clam po’ boy. I was introduced to this delight while visiting Old Orchard Beach (alas, not New Orleans, but I’ll get there one day) as a youngin – a place that left a go-back-to stamp on me because the whole “town” is either beach or…

Lazy Lady’s Buns for All the Things

I am a lazy person in ways that are not always logical. The grocery store is full of people. Often angry people . Especially on a holiday weekend. Today, I did not feel like schlepping it the four blocks to the grocery store for a couple of lousy rolls that will be infused with the…

dirty tuna casserole

This is yet another post spawned by a recipe request from a sprog. The daughter texted to ask: “Where’s mah money?” Then: “Will tuna work with your casserole recipe?” “Which casserole recipe?” – Me agog at the fact that I have any kind of casserole recipe. “The mac ‘n’ cheese – standard one.” I had…

bouillon {tutorial}

  I get asked a lot about making stocks. probs because I post a lot of pictures to the social medias like this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and this: with the caption “stock day!!!” and many more, but I’m sure you get it. stock days make me…

ham + cheese + spinach + leek hand pies

I made a seven pound ham for us last weekend. needless to say, that was a bit too much ham for two people, even if I’ve been nibbling at the leftovers by eating scalloped potatoes with ham bits for breakfast (best. breakfast. ever.) I made these hand pies today to deal with some of the…

spicy, smoky stuffed acorn squash

  I’m on a veg kick lately. I blame pinterest and all of its “bowls” of this and that, which I don’t quite get, but they seem delightful. it got me thinking that a) it’s very difficult to find bowls to accommodate these “recipes” (scare quotes because they’re not really recipes, are they? it’s almost…

spicy carrot potage

in case you’re wondering, a potage is basically made by tossing a bunch of stuff into a pot with water and boiling it until it becomes some kind of (hopefully) tasty glop. straight-up medieval peasant food, yo. it’s perfect pantry-bustin’ fare. at the weekend I found some carrots and celery that were on their way…