The Valentine’s Dream Dinner

The Serious Eats Dream Valentine's Dinners at Home I was looking over this list, and it's a pretty tempting roster of meals.  Delicious homemade pasta, beautiful meats and more.  It's a pretty seductive gathering of dishes. I'm staunchly against dining out on Valentine's Day.  The surest way to ensure that a dinner out is not [...]

Regional Differences

Recently, we were discussing regional food differences. I was born and raised in Kentucky.  While the South isn't sure they claim us and the North doesn't want us, we self-identify as Southern.  And who would argue?  There's a distinct Kentucky drawl and some very Southern cookin' going on.  We have some regional dishes--the hot brown [...]

Trader Joe’s Review: Saag Paneer, Lamb Vindaloo, Lava Cakes, Chicken Enchiladas

First, let me start by saying... freezer food makes me sad.  I don't like eating out of a freezer.  It makes me feel like some sort of sad latchkey kid.  I think that's the echoes of my college days, scrounging together microwaved soy patties and mustard for lunch. And usually, the results are even more [...]

Trader Joe’s Review: Pumpkin Macarons

Holy wuuuuuuut. Trader Joe's pumpkin macarons are incredible.  They're only at Trader Joe's for a limited time, so snatch them up and hoard them like some sort of pastry dragon. The shells have the perfect balance of crust and meringue.  The filling is a fluffy, whipped cream that's heavy with pumpkin spice.  They're pretty much [...]


I don't like a LOT of foods. I don't know why I'm a picky eater.  I just am.  And it makes cooking flipping complicated.  I dislike so many things, almost every recipe I come across has something in it I refuse to eat.  Let's take a look, shall we? Anise/Licorice - always Apricot - always [...]