Pork Cassoulet

pork cassoulet

There are lots of cassoulet recipes out there. They are great, no doubt, but the one thing that seems to bind them all together is that they are amazingly complicated. This pork cassoulet recipe takes the essence of the dish and makes things much more streamlined. There’s a never-ending argument out there about whether cassoulet […]



This albondigas recipe uses frozen meatballs (GASP!) When I’m cooking at home, frozen meatballs are a go-to, because they make life so much easier without giving up much. If you are trying out for a cooking competition or something, feel free to make your own. Or just use the frozen ones and don’t tell anyone. […]

Smoked Trout Salad

smoked trout salad

This smoked trout salad recipe is one of the easiest ways to turn smoked trout into something to be proud of. I always have a can or two in my pantry so that I can whip this up as a snack or an impromptu appetizer for unexpected visitors. I always use Trader Joe’s canned smoked […]

Simple Onion Soup

Simple Onion Soup

This simple onion soup recipe can be the foundation for a variety of tasty soups and stews. 6 basic ingredients make this one come together with minimal effort, and is a great way to take advantage of onions on sale at the local grocery store.  You can even make this much more hearty by adding […]

Deviled Egg Salad

Deviled Egg Salad

I call this Deviled Egg Salad because it gets a hefty dose of mustard. The mustard, along with some homemade mayonnaise (you ARE using homemade, right?) takes egg salad from a boring deli staple to a magical topping for biscuits, shmear for crackers, or a simple sandwich that would make grandma jealous.

Basic Chili

basic chili

This basic chili recipe uses only shelf stable ingredients, so if you are working out of your dry storage pantry you can still have something nice and hearty without too much trouble. The MSG in this recipe eliminates the need for stock, without it the chili still tastes good but lacks that extra bit of […]

Better Tuna Salad

better tuna salad

Tuna salad is such a dirty word in the food world. It’s almost always OK at it’s best, and really sucks at it’s worst. Pasty, mayonnaise-ridden tuna salad slopped around in delis and cafeterias has really done a disservice to the magical ingredient that is canned tuna. I wish there was another word for this […]

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

I don’t even have store-bought mayonnaise at home anymore. Homemade mayonnaise is leaps and bounds better, and as long as you have an immersion blender (you should,) this recipe is too easy not to be on your regular schedule, and you can make small amounts so there’s no giant jar of mayonnaise hanging out in […]

Real Homemade Tomato Sauce

Pasta with sauce

This is one of the most complimented Italian foods that I make regularly, and my secret shame is that it’s dumb-easy. Real homemade tomato sauce is always better than store-bought, and I bet you could get it into the pan and cooking before your significant other could make it to the store and back to […]