Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

For the longest time, I didn’t know there was such a thing as baked macaroni and cheese.  Macaroni and cheese came in a box, the cheese was powdered, the end.  Homestyle mac-n-cheese was a mysterious and elusive thing, showing up occasionally at church potlucks.

[Let me go off on a tangent here and share with you [...]

Carmelized Onion and Cheddar Pierogies

I first met my friend Allison the summer before 8th grade.  It was a few weeks before school started but I had to be at the school one day for field hockey practice and to buy textbooks, and then I got stuck there waiting for my mom to do some PTA thing.

So there I was, [...]

I think

a good thing to ask if you ever go rug shopping is, “How many pounds of dead body will this hold?”

Buttermilk Banana Shakes

Look, I know buttermilk is sort of having a ‘foodie moment’ right now, that it might be the pork belly of 2012.  There are these buttermilk shakes; the blueberry buttermilk shakes on special at Duck Fat; buttermilk banana bread; a new cookbook devoted entirely to buttermilk; and, of course, buttermilk biscuits which are no passing [...]


Pretty certain that, if I had one, my spirit animal would be the honey badger.

The Splendid Table’s Shrimp Scampi

Remember last year, when I went through a “let’s cook nearly every recipe from The Splendid Table’s cookbook!” phase?  No?

Let me jog your memory.  The Splendid Table’s gingerbread.  Pan-crisped deviled eggs.  Green Bean Gremolata.  Gingered Yams.  Ginger-caramel shrimp.  White beans with garlic and rosemary.  Fettucine Alfredo.

Well, eventually I accumulated enough fines that I decided I [...]

The Summer Garden in Review: It Just Really Sucked

I haven’t been sharing much with you about my garden this summer.  And that’s because it was just terrible, and it makes me sad whenever I think about how terrible it was so I try not to think about it.

Garden?  What garden?

It started out promising: summer squashes, a handful of currant tomatoes, a couple of [...]

It Puts the Kibble on the Floor

The Snook has a thing with her dog food.

Usually she just lets it sit there, glancing into the bowl as she walks by in the hopes that maybe—maybe?—some human food just happened to fall in, then looking disappointedly up at us like, What? No filet mignon?

She could care less about her dog food, but open [...]

Why You Should Be Bringing a Leftovers Salad to Work With You

I used to have a hard time with work lunches.

I was too cheap to go out to eat, save for the occasional co-worker get-together, yet I would often neglect to bring something to the office due to early morning brain-fog and the inability to pack something the night before because of, well, planning ahead.

I would [...]

The Best Waffles in The World

Look, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking that whenever someone proclaims that something is the “best” in the “world” it can mean only one of three things: 1) Someone is trying to sell you something; 2) Someone was too lazy to open a thesaurus; or 3) You’re reading Woman’s Day in the checkout lane.

But [...]