Shells and Cheese with Chorizo, Avocado and Lime – Plus, a MELT cookbook giveaway


My definition of a great cookbook is not based on the fact that it’s full of great recipes. It’s also not based on whether those recipe work as written: they should work as written. If they don’t, the book is a wall-thumper. My definition of a great cookbook is the ability of the author to inspire us through the recipes presented in the book.… Read the rest

Pumpkin Spice Cookies


Ah the sweet aroma of pumpkin kissed with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg drifting through the house. It smells like fall and winter, doesn’t it? It does here, and these pillowy cake-like pumpkin spice cookies capture all the flavors of the fall’s favorite ingredient, the pumpkin. It’s almost like having a portable pumpkin pie at your fingertips.

If you’re a pumpkin fan, you’re going to be in heaven after your first taste of these delectable treats.… Read the rest

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies Recipe #WillWriteForCookies #NaNoWriMo


Yesterday I asked what could possibly be better than a peanut butter cookie with a hint of chocolate. The answer is this: A peanut butter sandwich cookie with just a hint of chocolate and filled with the same stuff you find inside a peanut butter cup. Yep, those peanut butter cups. These are too good to be believed.

This is my third installment of #WillWriteForCookies, a campaign in support of everyone participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.… Read the rest

Chewy Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe #WillWriteForCookies


If you’re looking for the perfect peanut butter fix, we have it for you today. I’m going to go as far as to say that these are the best peanut butter cookies that I’ve ever eaten, and folks, I’ve eaten a LOT of peanut butter cookies in my life.

These little morsels are silky, smooth and airy with just the right amount of chew.… Read the rest

Kit-Kat® Sugar Cookies #WillWriteForCookies, #NaNoWriMo


It’s day one of NaNoWriMo and the whole family is in on it. Needless to say it’s crazy. so for day one, I decided to merge halloween candy and convenience cookies for the first entry in WillWriteForCookies.

I would have preferred something more original but not only was today the first day I’ve written fiction in over 7 years, but it was an early release day for my youngest son.… Read the rest

Haydari with Carrots (Havuçlu Haydari)


I’m glad that my wife loves talking with people.  Everywhere we go either she or I is asking a waitress or a cook how they prepared something.  In most cases the cook or chef is happy to oblige.  This dish is a result of my wife’s insatiable curiosity regarding new recipes and her ability to charm the socks of of anyone… Even if that someone happens to be a chef in Izmir, Turkey.… Read the rest

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sriracha


Look at these toasted pumpkin seeds. Aren’t they adorable? Sitting there all shy and peaceful, like a little girl in a schoolyard. You know, the one in the pink dress with the pigtails and the stunning smile. They could never possibly do anything mean or cross, right?

You would be right if that little girl had a pension for torturing small furry animals and little brothers.… Read the rest

Mini Dessert Empanadas (Empanaditas)


*From the archives, because  these dessert empanaditas are awesome and because I’m thinking of making a batch.

What does the word empenada conjure in your mind when you first hear it?  Do you think of the savory meat and cheese-filled versions found all over the Western United States, or do you think of the sweet versions found in Latin America? Do you suddenly crave the Filipino version, stuffed with ground beef or pork and potatoes, or the Mexican version, filled with exotic fruits and sugars?… Read the rest

Beer Braised Beef Shank with Garlic Grits


I originally posted this beer braised beef shank recipe in 2009 after attending the (now defunct) Foodbuzz Food Festival. I knew we’d be treated to great presentations, cool products, and wowed by amazing food served by exceptional chefs. I was right. There were tons of absolutely amazing foods to sample and most were far more than just good. Of all the dishes I tried though, there was one that just seemed like it wasn’t… Finished.… Read the rest

Beastie Shaped Baked Flour Tortilla Chips – A Spooky Halloween Snack


Don’t let the ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other beasties spook you this Halloween. At least not if they’re these baked flour tortilla chip monsters. These snack chips are super easy to make, versatile and instead of being afraid, the kids will gobble up the monsters this year. (The adults make pretty quick work of them, too!)

This is a great project to do with the little ones.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Oven Fried Chicken Recipe


Who doesn’t love a perfect piece of fried chicken? There’s something magical about biting through crisp skin and into juicy, succulent, tender chicken. It’s like a little piece of heaven. Trust me, just try this recipe and you’ll have perfect oven fried chicken every single time. No fuss. No muss. No fryer.

Please note, this isn’t a “healthy fried chicken” recipe.… Read the rest

Omurice (オムライス) – Simple, Elegant Japanese Comfort Food


When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind?  If you’re Japanese, it might just be succulent, tangy chicken fried rice wrapped in a blanket of airy scrambled eggs and topped with ketchup. It’s an omelet. It’s fried rice. It’s omurice!

Omurice (pronounced “Omu-Raisu”) is a staple in Japanese homes and there are even restaurants that serve nothing but different variations of this amazing dish.… Read the rest

Bacon Fried Rice


Fried rice is comfort food. I don’t care whether you’re from Tokyo, Beijing, or San Antonio. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are or what you grew up eating.  This stuff is worthy of a place all its own in the history books of food that just makes you feel better. Honestly, I feel better just knowing that fried rice exists in the world.The chance to actually make and eat it makes any day wonderful.… Read the rest

3 Ingredient Whipped Milk Vanilla Ice Cream (No Machine Required)


Perfectly creamy, light, airy and infused with vanilla, this may just be the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever had. But just as good as its flavor and texture is that it doesn’t need an ice cream maker, just a mixer. i would have made this for any and all of those reasons, but this ice cream like many of the recipes we’ve published here, comes with its own story.… Read the rest

Cheesy Chicken Marinara Pull Bread


The last few months have been hectic.  With the kids home from school and the sounds of “But Daaaaaaaaad. I’m Staaaaaaarving!” being more commonplace than not, there’s been very little time to make and photograph new recipes for you.  On top of that, my wife has been under deadline to finish her novel and get it submitted (Done last week, Congrats, Honey), so for most of the summer it’s been one very tired dad making and serving food as quickly as possible.… Read the rest

Drunken Chili Shrimp with 3 Bean and Cucumber Salad Recipe


From the archives: This is a perfect meal for a weeknd BBQ or Labor Day get together, and is quick and simple enough for a back to school night dinner. Enjoy with your family and friends!

Summer has finally rolled into our part of Texas, hopefully leaving the thunderstorms and driving rain that have been our constant companions since March behind us for a while.… Read the rest

Quick Chicken Curry Recipe


From the archives. This is another remarkably quick and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a school-night dinner or as a quick meal on hectic days between soccer practice, football or whatever else your busy schedule throws at you. (Hint: Make the curry ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to three days. Just reheat and serve over rice.) Oh. and it’s gluten free, so Enjoy!… Read the rest

Buttery Garlic Pasta


From the archives: If you’re looking for a quick, simple back to school dinner or just a simple healthy meal that your kids will devour without arguments, this is the dish for you. It goes from stove to table in less than 20 minutes and is the perfect complement for a crisp salad or a side of good, crusty bread. Enjoy!… Read the rest

Roast Pork Lumpia Recipe


From the archives. Lumpia is a perfect back to school meal, since you can roll them the night before and cook them on the next evening. They’re also the perfect vehicle for leftovers. Give them a try!

Basically, lumpia is the Filipino equivalent of the Chinese egg roll. I first experienced lumpia in my early 20’s, when our Guamanian next door neighbor made them and presented them to us as a housewarming gift, along with a massive platter of kelaguen.… Read the rest

Captain’s Chicken Curry Recipe


Updated: I just found that a friend is going through some family difficulties. She mentioned her need for comfort foods, specifically Rice Crispy Treats. For me, this is the ultimate comfort food, so I’ve updated the photos and am sending this out as a dedication. I hope all of you will share your favorite comfort foods in the comments.  Enjoy!… Read the rest