Smoky Chicken-Chile Soup with Tamale Dumplings

This week has been a tough week. End of summer Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rearing it's ugly head along with COVID-19. Needless to say, I have had a few late nights. However, like all outbreaks, they are really busy in the beginning and then a rhythm sets in. 18 years doing this, I'm pretty used [...]

Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

I just celebrated by 44th birthday and it made me think about how some people think getting old is something we just do. I am older, but not old. Some parts of aging, like grey hair, perimenopause, and some limitations to my workouts were expected. Do we really have to "get old". For every passing [...]

Sook Mei Faan

This recipe was one that surprised me. Who'd have thought that the Chinese would do a creamed corn recipe. Well, they have. According to the Togi Blog, "Creamed corn over rice is a quintessential Cantonese dish often served at cha chaan tengs, casual diners that are ubiquitous in Hong Kong." Imagine Asian flavorings in a [...]

Mesquite Chickpea Burger

I really haven't done too may burgers this summer. I guess I haven't been as inspired this year because of what's going on. With that being said, this veggie burger recipe is something that I only see with meat. Mesquite is typically associated with smoked meat. While I am pretty much a vegetarian now, that [...]

Gullah Red Rice

When I first saved this recipe to blog, I didn't really know the history of this dish. Looking a bit further, I found out this is an African American from South Carolina. But, it's more than that. According to Wikipedia, "The Gullah are African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of the U.S. states of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, in both the [...]