Chili Crisp

Over the last few months, three sets of friends have moved – two have bought their own places (hooray!), and one has moved to a new apartment. Moving is of course a huge hassle, but at least at the end of it it can be celebrated with housewarming parties and housewarming gifts! I am not … Read moreChili Crisp

World Peace Cookies

I know I’ve bit a rambly lately, so back to discussions only on FOOD!!! And by food, I mean the most decadent, buttery, crumbly, intensely chocolatey cookies you can imagine. This recipe is also sort of a cheat, as it’s fairly famous and has been around for ages. But hey, things are a classic for … Read moreWorld Peace Cookies

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken + CRAZY RICH ASIANS

I finally, finally saw Crazy Rich Asians this past weekend, and it was a wild and delicious ride. I know this is a food blog, but I have so many thoughts about the movie, I have to share them! However, SPOILER ALERT – minor plot points and my very strong opinions follow, so if you … Read moreTaiwanese Popcorn Chicken + CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Marcella Hazan’s 3-ingredient Tomato Sauce

I’m back!! Sorry for the extended absence, August was a flurry of vacations, friends, and animal sightings! James and I had our one-year anniversary of marital bliss (bliss sometimes; general tolerance the rest of the time), and celebrated by going back to Boston, where we met, and traipsing with some friends to Cape Cod, where … Read moreMarcella Hazan’s 3-ingredient Tomato Sauce

Cottage Pie

While James was reading my blog a few weeks ago (as he is my most loyal reader and proofreader), he mentioned that maybe I talk about him too much. So I went back and read some recent posts, and realized that maybe he is right?? So then I actively tried not to do that. I … Read moreCottage Pie

Old Fashioned & Roasted Sugar Simple Syrup

Old Fashioned Bulleit  •  Angostura  •  Luxardo  •  Roasted Sugar Introducing, a new section of the Recipes page – James’s Drinks! James is our resident cocktail aficionado and shaker maker mixologist. He’s current specialties are the old fashioned, the whiskey sour, and the margarita. Ever since we moved to Chicago, we’ve also been slowly expanding … Read moreOld Fashioned & Roasted Sugar Simple Syrup

Spicy Crab Linguine with Mustard, Crème Fraîche, and Herbs

The other day my friend Nick asked me if my blog was good for the “extreme-budget-conscious” (he’s a tiny bit prone to hyperbole). I exclaimed, “Yes! Of cou—” and then remembered that I had just spent $45 on one pound of canned crab meat (canned, no less), because I became obsessed with this recipe from … Read moreSpicy Crab Linguine with Mustard, Crème Fraîche, and Herbs

Sour Cherry Pie

So, the bad thing about being a blogging hobbyist newbie is that I take foreeeeeeeevver between when I make the thing and when the recipe is up on the website. This is usually okay, as most of the ingredients I use are fairly available year-round, and I have a whole three months to get my … Read moreSour Cherry Pie

Chicken Katsu Curry

James is obsessed with katsu curry. When we lived in Boston and he was a postdoc and I was a grad student, both with infinitely flexible schedules and excellent procrastination techniques, we would go for lunch all the time at his favorite place, Fin’s Sushi & Grill. Despite the name, we would both invariably order … Read moreChicken Katsu Curry

MaPo Tofu

Introducing for your spicy, numbing food pleasure, Szechuan peppercorns! I love spicy food, and I love Szechuan food in particular. Chili fish, chili green beans, spicy chili peanut noodles all get my mouth watering! Besides chili, an incredibly underrated staple spice that gives Szechuan food its distinctive, tongue-tingling, numbing flavor is the almighty Szechuan (also … Read moreMaPo Tofu