• Orange-glazed chicken stir fry

    Because of my pickiness, my weirdness and my shellfish allergy, I didn’t really eat Chinese food growing up. But my mom LOVES Chinese food, and once I learned how to order something that won’t kill me, I realized I actually do like things like General Tso’s chicken and fried rice. You know, the healthy stuff. […]

  • Pineapple and jalapeno-infused tequila

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you’re celebrating with tacos and margaritas! I celebrated a bit early, by infusing some tequila with pineapple and jalapeños in an empty lemonade bottle, as one does. The restaurants around here all seem to have some kind of margarita with a spicy kick, and I’m partial to the pineapple […]

  • Sweet potato tacos

    It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! Let’s make some tacos. No, those aren’t carrots. They’re pieces of sweet potato, cut into carrot-like shapes. Stick with me here.   Back in Annapolis, Toby and I got into the habit of going out for Taco Tuesday. Most of the time, that meant meeting our friends at Paladar for margaritas, fresh guacamole, […]

  • Expeditionary cheese crisp

    Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I’m still in sunny (but cold) Afghanistan, but since it’s Arizona’s 102nd birthday, I wanted to share a little AZ-inspired snack I made the other day using ingredients from an MRE. In case you’re not familiar, MRE stands for Meal Ready to Eat, and they come in plastic bags. Each MRE […]

  • Christina’s peach jalapeno margaritas

    What’s more perfect than a margarita? How about a spicy-sweet margarita? I’ve been ordering a lot of spicy cocktails lately, so when I happened upon this peach-jalapeno margarita recipe on Dessert for Two, I definitely wanted to share it. Sadly, I haven’t had time to try it out myself, but doesn’t it sound absolutely delicious? […]

  • Weekend in Austin

    One nice thing about being in Texas for so long was that I got to visit Austin for the first time. I didn’t get to try, taste and visit everything, but I did manage to eat quite a bit of delicious food and do some fun stuff. My first stop? Round Rock Donuts. You can […]

  • Danielle’s delicious guacamole

    My friend Danielle is fun, super smart and, like many of my friends, doesn’t think she knows how to cook. Since she’s a doctor who just got out of the Navy (and her boyfriend apparently is a great cook), it may just be that she’s been focused on other things… like, for instance, saving lives. […]

  • Tropical fruit salad

    So, I think y’all know that I’m semi-obsessed with this fruit salad with mint sugar. But it’s nice to switch things up occasionally, and for the Fourth of July I wanted something without added sugar, since we were going to have dessert (and since fruit has natural sugar anyway). What I think you’ll love about […]

  • Jalapeño cheddar cornbread

    Hey! How are y’all? I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged, but we are currently up to our eyeballs in boxes, getting ready for our big move to California. Anyway, I’m sorry I have neglected you. Will some moist, cheesy cornbread with just a bit of jalapeño kick help? I thought so.   […]

  • Smoky bean salad

    Going to a barbecue/cookout (or whatever you call grilling outside where you live) this weekend? I have a perfect side dish recipe that doesn’t require any cooking and takes only a few minutes to put together. But first, if you live in the U.S., I hope you’ll take a moment — or several — to […]