Lean Meatballs with Caramelized Onions

Getting the right texture for meatballs is harder than you would imagine. This was my first attempt at making meatballs and they didn't come out like I wanted, but they actually tasted pretty good.  The "problem" was that these meatballs were basically all meat and weren't as tender as most meatballs I've had. If you... Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is not a meal (unless it's real Ramen or Pho) so let's just get that out in the open right now.  Nonetheless, this butternut squash soup came out so absurdly well that I would consider eating it as a light meal (or a hefty snack) with some toasted bread. I don't know what made... Continue Reading →

Shredded Beef In The Slow Cooker Recipe

Without a grill, cast iron pan, or simply a kitchen that can handle smoke from searing, it's really tough for lay people to make great steaks.  Whenever I lived in apartments, I found it harder to cook meat the way I wanted due to a fear of the smoke alarm going off triggering firetrucks and... Continue Reading →

Apple Pie Filling and Dessert Topping

Pie rules and when fall rolls around, it's time for pie spices in everything! This simple recipe for pie filling is not only absurdly easy, but it's relatively fast and low-calorie (for a dessert). I tried to make it so that you can still taste all of the apple flavor, but still get that sense... Continue Reading →

Fish Tacos

I received a request for a fish taco recipe.  The requester also specified that she prefers non-battered fish, but I wasn't sure I could comply with that request at the risk of making sub-par tacos.  Instead, I decided to try a tempura style batter, which would give the fish a very thin, low-calorie, layer of... Continue Reading →

Vodka Cucumber & Lime

I first had a variation of this drink called the "Cool Hand Cuke," at the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, MA.  I then tried a much sweeter version called a "Dead Rise" at Legal C Bar in Dedham, MA.  Lastly, while waiting for the rest of my party to arrive at Fugakyu in Brookline, MA (that's... Continue Reading →

Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans Recipe

These spicy and flavorful beans are absurdly easy to make.  I made them for the first time with just what I had lying around the house.  The chipotle peppers really make this dish, but the Canadian Bacon really added another element and depth to the flavor.  I often make these beans to serve with any... Continue Reading →

Simple and Authentic Hummus Recipe

Making hummus is more of an art than a science... At least that's what I was led to believe whenever I asked my mother for a solid hummus recipe.  Instead, the only knowledge I gained was about what was in hummus and what it should taste like.  Based on that, I had to just keep... Continue Reading →

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