Legen-dairy Risotto

“Non-dairy risotto? Fuck do you mean, non-dairy risotto?” Italian hands intensify <sarcasm> This was definitely the first thing my mother said to me when I told her about this recipe. 100%. For real. No takebacks. </sarcasm> Hi, readers of an obscure cooking blog. I’m Diana’s son, Drew. She made me, and now I have to pay…

Lemon Broccolini

An easy recipe from the Food Network. INGREDIENTS 1 pound broccolini 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Wash and trim the broccolini and steam for 5 minutes, until it is crisp yet tender. Drain. In a small bowl, whisk…

Favorite Thanksgiving: Herb and Citrus Turkey

Because throwing out food is the worst, I often use this recipe for just thighs or a breast rather than an entire turkey if we don’t have many guests. Using just parts is great — it’s easier to tell if your meat is entirely thawed, everyone can have the part they like best, and it…

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Another holiday favorite. Enjoy! This recipe makes about 3 cups. INGREDIENTS 1 pound (about 4 cups) of cranberries 2 cups sugar 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 cup bourbon Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first 3 ingredients in 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake until cranberries are tender and sugar is dissolved, stirring once,…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pears

Happy Fall! The holidays are almost here and this is one of my favorite sides for Thanksgiving. (Photos when I make it in a couple of weeks!) TIME/SERVINGS Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins Makes: 4 to 6 servings INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground…

Covid(-19) Diaries: Simple Stir Fry Sauce

An easy stir fry sauce that you can probably make right now: 3 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. cornstarch 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger (optional, but tastier) Add this to the pot after you’ve cooked all the meat/veg. Stir the sauce through. Let it cook a bit on lower heat until it’s…

Classic Pasta e Fagioli

Back in the Northeast, you’ll hear this classic soup name pronounced all kinds of ways. “Pasta fazhool” was the version I heard most. No matter how you say it, though, it’s still one of my favorites. Remember, the ingredient list here will give proportions, but you can’t really mess up soup. So add more or…

The best Shepherd’s Pie Ever

It’s all about Worcestershire & wine. Ingredients: olive oil 3-4 carrots, diced 1 large onion, diced 1 pound ground beef or lamb 1 cup frozen peas (or any peas) 1 tablespoon butter (Earth Balance if you’re dairy-free) 2 tablespoons flour black pepper (to taste) 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely diced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1…

Cuban-inspired Beans & Rice

This is a fast, easy recipe for those nights when you want something healthy and light, but satisfying. I’ve also added meat to mine, on the nights when I really do need to eat more protein (and accepting it’s a little less healthy this way.) You can easily make it with or without the polish…