Tagged with spicy

Best-Ever Black Bean Hummus

Many years ago, when Michael and I first started dating, he pulled out an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper with a black bean hummus recipe on it. “I’ve always wanted to try this,” he said. “I have a food processor!” I said. And so we made it. And it was delicious – creamy, spicy, … Continue reading

Spicy Peanut & Sweet Potato Soup

As much as I mourn the passing of long, sunny days, I love that fall weather and chilly air means it’s time for stews and soups! This recipe comes courtesy of AK, and it has so many things I love: sweet potatoes peanut butter, spiciness! I served this with a slow-roasted pork shoulder coated in … Continue reading

Tex-Mex Chicken Crock Pot

Tex-Mex Chicken Crock Pot

Have five minutes in the morning? Dump this in the crock pot before work or running your errands and come back to a big pot of tasty chicken that can be incorporated into your meals in many ways in the coming week. When I made this initially, I was a little disappointed. Then I realized all it … Continue reading

Berbere Braise

Berbere Braise

Berbere is a key ingredient in many Ethiopian dishes. It’s a flavorful, aromatic blend of spices that is both spicy-hot and spicy-spicy (aka filled with lots of spice flavors!). It’s hard to describe, but typically the flavor is deep and savory with hints of floral sweetness, without veering too far into the dreaded potpourri territory. … Continue reading

My Kitchen Helper

Oh hey there, who’s this? This little fur-face is an ever-present kitchen “helper,” always willing to find scraps, help clean out bowls…i.e., constantly underfoot, but super cute. Today, however, Maggie’s looking particularly pitiful, her gaze intently fixed on the stove. “What’s that aroma?” you say? Well, your canine sense are working well, because I’m making … Continue reading

Tart & Tangy Slaw

Tart & Tangy Slaw

After making a few amazing recipes from Molly Stevens’s All About Braising, I felt confident in my abilities to go out and whip up something phenomenal all on my own. So, when I saw stew meat on sale at Whole Foods, it was time to put my newfound braising skills to the test. Perusing some … Continue reading

Kale Chips: A Review & A Recipe

Kale Chips: A Review & A Recipe

Review: Trader Joe’s Zesty Nacho Kale Chips (WLC Compliant!) Browsing Trader Joe’s last night, I came across this bag: I’m a bit suspect of items at Trader Joe’s, as it’s really a snack shop masquerading as a grocery store, although I do love a few of their items enough to make a special trip (unsweetened … Continue reading

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Craving some spicy tex-mex and margaritas, I threw myself a belated birthday/preemptive Cinco de Mayo celebration. There were cocktails. Easy peasy make ahead strawberry basil margaritas, to be precise. (Want to spice it up? Add a slice of jalapeno to your poured margarita and enjoy the slight tingle as you sip.) There was barbacoa and chicken … Continue reading

Afghan/Indian Fusion Beef Stew

Afghan/Indian Fusion Beef Stew

Over the past year or so, I’ve become increasingly gutsy in the kitchen. Not that I’m exactly a risk-taker, pairing weird and inventive flavors together, but I no longer freeze with anxiety and crippling indecision when faced with the daunting task of going off recipe. Sometimes, I even fancy myself quite accomplished, and get into … Continue reading