Smoky Rosemary & Fire-Roasted Tomato Beef Stew

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club. This month’s challenge didn’t really appeal to […]

Daring Cooks Challenge: Risotto (w/ Homemade Vegetable Stock)

I may just have a new favorite comfort food. It used to be baked macaroni & cheese before I had to become gluten & dairy free. I hadn’t been able to find something to replace it…until now! The host of this month’s Daring Cooks Challenge called it a comfort food but I was skeptical. I […]

Dinner Party Appetizer: Sesame-Soy Salmon w/ Crispy Brown Rice Cake

For my dinner party I wanted to start with a fish course; I like Asian flavors for salmon, so I created a sesame-soy marinade with a little bit of sriracha for heat. While the salmon lay soaking up those wonderful flavors, I put together an accompaniment for the plate. I wanted something with crunch and […]

Dinner Party (Part 4 of 5): Coconut Curry Chicken

I’d had a can of coconut milk sitting in my pantry for months; I’ll admit, I was a bit trepidatious about using it (not sure why). Seriously, I shouldn’t have waited so long–it made this chicken dish so rich and delicious. And there weren’t any leftovers 🙂 Coconut Curry Chicken Ingredients: 1 tsp vegetable oil1 […]

Shoppers $1 Sale Recipe: Spinach & Red Lentil Soup

I went food shopping last night unclear on what I wanted to cook this week. To my surprise (and glee), Shoppers had many fresh vegetables on sale for only $1! As I walked up and down the aisles, this hearty winter soup recipe formed in my head (the weather is sooo cold outside, I wanted […]

Asian-Style Baby Bok Choy Salad

For those of you looking for a salad base other than lettuce, baby bok choy is great. Because it’s an ingredient used frequently in Asian cooking, I like to do an Asian-style salad with a sweet & spicy dressing to help cut through the slight bitterness of the bok choy. Baby Bok Choy Salad Ingredients: […]

Yet Another Chanukah Recipe: Wontons w/ Bourbon Dipping Sauce

Wontons wrappers are fun–you can pretty much put anything inside, then all you need to do is fry them up into crispy deliciousness. For those of you who are health conscious and prefer not to deep fry things, you can pop these into boiling water for a few minutes (or steam them if you have […]