Leftover Makeover Smoked Chicken Dinner


These pandemic restrictions and uncertainties of late are bringing up a lot of memories for me. Growing up, I never realized how impoverished we were. Don’t get me wrong, cousins referred to my sister and I as “welfare” and “food stamps” on the regular, and I was unrelentingly tormented on the bus about my Walmart…

Enchilada Bake w/ TexMex Tofu, Poblano Sauce, Cucumber Pico


Many Americans took a moment to appreciate Mexican culture and cuisine this week, on May 5th, to celebrate the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when the Mexican Army, lead by Benito Juarez, won a unlikely victory over the French. This victory, inadvertently, interrupted Napoleon III plans to provide weapons to the Confederate Army in exchange for…

Chili Huevos Rancheros


A couple weekends ago, as I was lamenting our current lack of library access, I remembered I had an old Kindle Fire tucked away somewhere in the office. After rummaging around a bit, I found it, plugged it for a charge, and immediately downloaded Hoopla. Previously, I’ve had zero interest in reading books online, as…

Hot and Sour Tofu


All of us are dealing with fears of the unknown, anxiety about the present, and worrying about what’s yet to come. Each of us are dealing with these emotions in individual ways, as best we can. In all honesty, my life hasn’t changed too dramatically during this lock down. After rescinding my foster care license,…

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili


There are several chili recipes in my archives, but not too many vegan versions. I am an unapologetic omnivore, who happens to recognize the environmental and health benefits of a plant forward diet, however. So, my weekly menu always features more vegetarian meals than meat-based ones. The ratio usually floats between 5:2 or 4:3, with…

Zoodle Lo Mein


I’m not one to get caught up in too many fad diets or trends, but boy do I ever love zoodles! Since my second Misfit Market delivery was en route, I had two zucchinis in my crisper begging me to cook them and sooner rather than later. Usually, I throw zucchini on the grill, as…

Casarecce with Extra Crispy Brussels and Garlic Herb Alfredo


There are many hobbyist scattered about this world collecting beloved nostalgic or underrated or rare items ranging from classic cars to action figures to stamps. This probably goes without saying, but my weakness is of the edible variety. I collect dried pastas, and before you laugh too loudly out loud, so does one of my…

Alphabet Soup


The temperature dropped last night back down to 37 degrees, and this morning I woke up to a sunshiny day wrapped up in a chilly breeze. With this onset of cooler weather, and since I have an array of “ugly” veggies in the fridge, (thank you Misfit Market!) a big bowl of vegetable soup for…

Roasted Tomato Chutney


It’s wicked windy, with thunderstorms looming overhead right now, and on stormy days like this there’s nothing that comforts and warms the spirit quite like a hearty, umami rich meal. The first rainy day dish most likely to pop into your mind is probably something along the lines of tomato soup and grilled cheese, which…

Chicken Fried Chicken


Last week was my birthday week, and coupled with that-which-shall-not-be-named, I decided to make one of my favorite, and least often consumed meals: Fried Chicken and Mash, with Country Gravy. This is definitely a special occasion recipe, but in the light of present times, and it being my birthday, I felt a treat was in…