Category Archive: 52 Weeks of Cooking

For week 16 of the challenge, I made Shrimp Etoufee. It was delish, but not nearly as exciting as the Pad Thai I made during week 17. Per my usual recipe searches, I was delighted with Alton Brown’s version and went from there. Here is the link if you are so inclined: AB’s Pad Thai. […]

When I was younger and just trying to get on my feet, I worked as a waitress in a couple of restaurants. One of my favorite parts of that type of gig (besides the free food when you made friends with the cooks, heh) was watching the prep cooks handle their business. They sliced, diced, […]

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like potatoes? No seriously, I’m curious. Potatoes are one of the most versatile, delicious and cheap vegetables on the planet. At least in my opinion. There are about 50 billion ways to prepare it, and it tastes great with just about anything you pair it with. That’s a […]

Week 12 of the challenge was awesome for several reasons: 1) The theme was street food 2) I love street food 3) It gave me the opportunity to make falafel from scratch That’s right, falafel from scratch. You heard me right. Any of you that actually know me in real life know that I LOVE […]

Week 11 of the 52 Weeks of Cooking challenge was probably my favorite so far. The theme was molecular. The idea being to use modern gastronomy to create a dish. Obviously, as a home cook I also needed to keep it cheap and simple. So after hours (literally) of research on different molecular techniques, I […]

My love of garlic is not something I stumbled upon. It wasn’t something that happened to me. I was born like this. I’m not as hardcore as Pop was when he was alive… The man would seriously eat RAW garlic. No, I’m not kidding. Raw. Straight out of the skins. I think it’s probably part […]

Week 8 of the Reddit 52 Weeks of Cooking challenge gave me one of my favorite themes so far… TV Show Inspired. There were a lot of ways to go with this one. Most of the TV shows I watch have some kind of food theme running through them (shocker, right??). I wanted to try […]

WARNING! The recipe below contains a butter sauce… it is NOT HEALTHY. However, it was freaking delicious. Week 7 of the challenge was themed “poaching”. I am not a huge fan of poached eggs, so I decided to focus more on the cooking technique here. Poaching is the act of gently cooking something in simmering […]

Today is my best friend Katie’s birthday. This girl and I have been through so much together, and she’s just the coolest, funniest, most laid back chick out there. She’s the one I call when shit hits the fan. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOMAN! LOVE YOU! Week 6 of the cooking challenge gave us the theme Jamaican. […]