Grain and Veggie Bowls with Goat Cheese

I’m going to be totally honest: I’m not sure why I started getting Cook’s Country magazine. I’m guessing that it’s because I’ve covered a lot of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks for one of the magazines I work for, and my mailing address somehow found it’s way onto the subscription list. But hey, I’m certainly not complaining! I am always looking for new recipes to try, and as I’ve said before, I trust everything put out by America’s Test Kitchen absolutely completely. So this was my first recipe from Cook’s Country: Grain and Vegetable Bowls with Goat Cheese. Continue reading

Curried Chicken and Couscous with Lime-Yogurt Sauce

I love one-pan meals. I don’t usually mind recipes that have multiple steps, but as I’m not cooking in a commercial-grade kitchen, I don’t have endless countertops on which to put dirty cutting boards and mixing bowls when I’m finished with them. This one pan skillet meal has a bunch of steps, but they all take place in the skillet, so I don’t run out of counter space halfway through the recipe or have tons of dishes to wash. Oh, and it’s super delicious! Continue reading

Cocktail Crab Cakes

Continuing the theme of homemade snacks and treats for entertaining, I made some mini crab cakes for my family’s visit a week ago. I had never made crab cakes before, or worked with lump crab meat at all for that matter, but they were pretty easy to make and quite delicious! Continue reading

Mexican-Style Pulled Pork Tacos

I’m not a huge fan of tacos. I’m a big believer in the idea of volumetrics—the idea that if you bulk up your meal with healthy ingredients like veggies, it’s going to be more filling and satisfying, even if you aren’t necessarily eating more calories. It’s why I love bowl-style meals, because you can keep adding and mixing things in. Now, all that being said, these tacos are the exception. The sauce is so rich and flavorful that you want to eat slowly, savoring every bite, so by the time you finish to taco number three, you’ve had more than enough. Continue reading

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

My mom has always told me that I’ve loved Hostess Cupcakes—you know, the chocolate cupcakes with the white curlicue on top sold in packs of two in convenience stores—since I was in the womb. She says that when she was pregnant with me, she used to have my dad pull over to random gas stations and convenience stores just so she could get some Hostess Cupcakes. So it’s for this reason that when I found a recipe for homemade ones, I knew I had to (attempt to) make them for my mom, sister and Nan’s first visit to Bethesda. Continue reading

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Enchiladas can be a pain in the neck to make. For that reason, they tend to fall in the category of food I often order in restaurants, but don’t make too frequently. However, when I came across a recipe for classic chicken enchiladas in my favorite slow cooker cookbook, I thought I’d give it a shot. It seemed like cooking the chicken in the slow cooker would at least make the process feel like less work since it was spread out over more hours. And it did! Continue reading