“If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

May 23, 2023

Tress Of The Emerald Sea Quail Egg Pies

Tress of the Emerald Sea is set in Lumar, a captivating addition to Brandon Sanderson's beloved Cosmere universe. It introduces readers to the charming Tress, a young window washer with a passion for collecting cups, baking pies, and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. As a lover of both literature and baking pies, […]

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March 16, 2023

Eggs In Mordor (Eggs in Purgatory Recipe)

Eggs in Mordor is a simple dish forged by poaching eggs in a spicy tomato sauce that is hotter than Mount Doom. In places outside of Middle Earth, such as Southern Italy, this dish is often referred to as "eggs in purgatory." This dish is similar to Shakshuka, which is native to Northern Africa. This […]

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January 31, 2023

Mrs. Bug's Outlander Omelette

NOTE: This Post Contains Spoilers From A Breath of Snow And Ashes  This omelette recipe is inspired by A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the sixth novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. When I create a recipe that's inspired by an item in a book, I often find myself asking (and trying to answer) how […]


June 16, 2022

Summer Sorrel Pesto

This pesto recipe is a summertime favorite of mine. My pesto sauce features the tart, acidic flavor of sorrel, and it takes mere minutes to make. Preparation is simple: you just add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend them up. This beautiful sauce includes fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, Pecorino Romano, […]


May 27, 2022

Very Sourdough Pancakes

This Sourdough Pancakes recipe is... more sourdough than many recipes for sourdough pancakes. I like them to have an ever-present tart flavor. Most sourdough pancake recipes require the mixture to sit overnight, but I prefer adding a few things to a well-fed starter and simply frying it up. These sourdough pancakes are chewy, tart, and […]


April 11, 2022

Kielbasa With Potatoes, Shallots, And Mustard Vinaigrette

This one-pan kielbasa with potatoes, shallots, and mustard sauce requires minimal ingredients, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Juicy kielbasa roasts with shallots and potatoes until caramelized. The shallots are the best part of this dish - they’re so jammy and sweet. I've been making the sauce/dressing in this dish for several years - it's […]


April 6, 2022

Springtime Cacio E Pepe

This elevated cacio e pepe recipe takes a simple pasta dish and transforms it with the addition of English peas and crispy prosciutto. You'll want to use high quality pasta - preferably bucatini - only cooked until al dente. The result is a fantastic spring meal. The secret to cacio e pepe's success lies in […]


February 24, 2022

Personal Brunch Galettes With Runny Egg And Caramelized Onions

These Personal Runny Egg and Caramelized Onion Brunch Galettes are as delicious to eat as they are attractive to serve. A galette is a freeform French pastry with rustic edges, and it’s supposed to be imperfect - making it ideal for beginner bakers. In this galette recipe, a runny egg tops jammy caramelized onions and […]


May 1, 2021

Skillet Chicken With Lemon, Orzo, And Capers

This skillet chicken with lemon, orzo, and capers is a great weeknight dinner. It’s so quick to make - it takes me under an hour. Sometimes all you need is a meal with minimal chopping. The ingredient processing in this recipe is very simple: slicing a shallot, and zesting and juicing a lemon. Chicken piccata […]


April 1, 2021

Spiced Lamb Meatballs In Pita With Quick Pickles

I tried to pack as much flavor as possible into these spiced lamb meatballs. I use cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, dill, and chopped dates to season the lamb. The chopped dates add the perfect amount of sweetness to the spiced meatballs.  In my opinion, the best meatballs have a starch that acts as a binder - […]


March 3, 2021

Vegetarian Lasagna Bolognese With Mushrooms, Walnuts, And Béchamel

This Italian-inspired vegetarian bolognese lasagna is the perfect recipe for trying to reduce your meat consumption. The toasted walnuts and sautéed mushrooms work so well as a meat substitute, especially with help from a little soy sauce and MSG. Lasagna bolognese isn't the easiest recipe - It takes a little over 3 hours. Although, the […]


February 19, 2021

One-Pot Middle Eastern Chicken And Rice With Zhug

This one-pot Middle Eastern chicken and rice fills my entire home with an incredible nutty and spicy aroma. The rice is warm, spicy, and a bit buttery. It's also filled with lovely bites of potato and tomato. The chicken thighs are cooked on top of the spicy rice and absorb all the tasty flavors. I […]


February 17, 2021

Gnocchi With Blue Cheese, Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, And Balsamic

This gnocchi with blue cheese, bacon, brussels sprouts, and balsamic is an absolutely perfect weeknight dinner. One of my go-to side dishes, brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic, inspired this recipe. Gnocchi is everywhere online right now, and I wanted to get in on the pillowy action. I thought the crispy bacon sprouts would work well […]


February 8, 2021

Beef Bourguignon Pot Pie

Beef bourguignon (beef burgundy) is a French stew in which the majority of liquid used is alcohol. I can’t think of a better stew to be covered in flaky pastry and roasted to golden perfection. I use a couple of unusual techniques in this recipe. The primary thickening agent in this recipe is unflavored gelatin. […]


January 26, 2021

Chorizo, Potato, And Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

I'm a total sucker for a good one-pan meal, especially when it requires my well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. The frittata takes under an hour from cutting board to table. This recipe is made for meal prep because it's just as good cold as it is straight out of the oven. The first time I made this […]