Beatnik on the River

Prior to my departure, I was able to sneak in a few great, Chicago meals, and they started with Beatnik on the River. My colleague/friend offered for fun, boho, Mediterranean or stuffy seafood. So, you can imagine how we landed here with those simple descriptions. Don’t get me wrong, I can get down for some…

Fried Ice Cream Pie

Need the perfect make ahead dessert for your Taco Tuesday? It’s super casual, only taking three days to create. Really, though it’s quite simple. It’s just the freezing that keeps you wondering when you’ll get to finally try the finished product. Start a day or two in advance by making David Lebovitz’s gorgeous cinnamon ice…

Gaby’s Green Rice

While I’ve never met a carb that I didn’t like, green rice was a new experiment for me. Not a beans and rice kinda girl, green rice seemed like a logical alternative. Plus, it was green so basically a vegetable. This green rice goddess of What’s Gaby Cooking was originally part of a larger bowl…

Torchy’s Tacos Copycat Street Corn

First thing’s first: I don’t care much for corn. However the success of my street cauliflower and the visit of my wee niece and nephew had me recreating the dish for something simpler and more traditional- corn. It was a hit! I even liked it. What I didn’t like were the corn ‘hairs’ as I…

Rick Andrew Martinez Double Pork Carnitas

Need a totally fail-proof make ahead main to feed a crowd? Rick Andrew Martinez delivers yet another perfect recipe, this time instead of Brown Butter Toffee Cookies, it’s double pork carnitas. That man is so creative. He ruled my taco buffet this weekend and I can confirm that these are tasty both hot and cold….

Ina’s Salmon with Melting Tomatoes

Funny how stressful quarantines are better suited for wine and popcorn rather than the latest gourmet Mediterranean meal. Tonight would be different- tonight the Chrissy Teigan style of cooking salmon takes a Mediterranean vacation (that I could really, REALLY do with) with Ina Garten and this lovely recipe. The whole bit cooks for 11 minutes…

Gaby Made a Thai Beef Salad

How gorgeous is this salad from What’s Gaby Cooking? Yet ANOTHER win from this woman. Beautiful and cheese free which is what we are trying to be – at least this week. Her recipe is real heavy on the sesame oil, so I’m sharing my take here. Also, the original recipe calls for a crunchy,…

The Fluffiest of Omelettes

Need something to impress your luvah (orrrrrrr just yourself) and have nothing in the fridge? Thought so. I imagine that’s why Gaby whipped up this insanely gorgeous, impressive, and oddly simple recipe just for the occasion of Sunday morning luvah-land. Gaby’s Omelette Edit 3 large eggs, separated 1 T. parmesan Salt & pepper 1 T….

Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel

One of the few saving graces of quarantine has been the chance to pause, reflect, and cook a whole bunch of things that you usually would not bother with. For me, this was Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel (sounds a little…cheeky, no?). I was all, ok fine, that looks not that interesting, but since Gaby so highly…

Gaby’s LA Chop Salad

This salad might be a contender for the best dish of quarantine. It’s like a deli sandwich exploded and the bread just disappeared, leaving a crunchy, fresh, meaty pile of chop in it’s wake. Wonderful. The real recipe also calls for chickpeas, but if I’m eating that level of carb, it’s going to be pasta….

Keto Street Cauliflower

This cauliflower is from the streets. The hard streets of Cast Iron Keto brought this idea to life, with some tweaks to the sauciness. The cauliflower grew up with a hard knock life, educated on the on the streets of Juarez. Or just like street corn, but better. Your choice. Either way, it was great…

Gaby’s Pan-Roasted Eggplant with Pecorino

Made this for the real eggplant lover in my life, who of course, loved it. To me it was good, but not life changing. Eggplant is a mop for oil and this recipe, the eggplants just kept drinking and drinking it up. They were good, but definitely felt like something a heavy-handed Italian grandmother would…