Kung Pao Gnocchi

This simple sweet and spicy solo dinner recipe is ready in 15 minutes for a no-fuss veggie forward meal. Increase the ingredients for two or more servings and, as always, add as little or as much heat as you like. Ingredients 1 cup frozen gnocchi 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed 2 celery stalks, trimmed…

Skillet Shrimp & Rice with Smoked Sausage and Okra

Mardi Gras just didn’t have me Ya Ya-ing this year. I dunno if it was the arctic like snow storms or covid or the wife being on a business trip or generalized cabin fever disorder, but I ended up not making my traditional batch of Gumbo and pitcher of Bloody Mary’s this year. Instead, I…

Orecchiette with Sweet Sausage & Arugula

Recently, I joined my first book club, which the LGBTQ+ Alliance Group in my area organized. For our first book we’re reading All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. The Queer discussion and support is such a welcomed relief and I find myself lingering in the video chat long after our official 8pm time…

Tofu Burrito Bowl

This tofu burrito bowl is as versatile as it is delicious! Toss fried tofu in buffalo or bbq sauce, teriyaki or honey mustard then empty those nearly forgotten veggies out of your fridge, utilize leftover take-out rice, and finish it all up with whatever salad dressing you have on hand for a fast, low prep…

Chili Pie

It’s been so freaking cold and slushy out! This winter seems the longest of my life! I dunno’ about you, but it’s had me craving all things warm and savory, like this chili pie bake, which is super easy to throw together and perfect for a hectic weeknight dinner! I like A LOT of chili…

Hot Sour Noodles

Instant ramen can be just that: instant. OR, you can add a couple minutes worth of prep and really transport yourself into a bowl of slurp worthy perfection that tastes like you spent all day in front of the stove! Ingredients 1 box Akuan Chongqing Hot and Sour Noodles 2 cups water 1 cup chopped…

Korean Ramen Pot

Thanks to a foodie group I discovered the beautiful golden pot I picked up from Newark Farmer’s Market a couple months ago is more than a lovely addition to my prop collection. It is a a traditional soup pot used to prepare instant ramen, as the thin metal rapidly heats the water required to rehydrate…

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp

We don’t make a big deal outta’ football at my house, but I do love watching the game from time to time. (I was born and raised in Texas after all!) The commercials and performances are almost always worth it, and, truthfully, I’m happy with any reason to make party food! This year I kept…

Country Fried Tofu

The last several days we’ve been living on sandwiches and cherry cola. A volunteer writing opportunity with a local candidate was brought to my attention, and I’ve been distracted with that. My political experience is next to nada, but I am excited to learn more about campaigning. To get involved on a grassroots level in…

Salmon Tacos

Did you know that Discovery+ has the Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Animal Planet, and Magnolia Network? I discovered (hehe) every season of The Barefoot Contessa and this taco dinner was inspired by one of Ina Garten’s recipes. These salmon tacos are super quick, with little prep required making them the perfectly healthy, yet…