Turkish-Spiced Chicken with Green Olive Relish

Turkish Chicken with Green Olive RelishFor any of you who follow me on Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that when I fall for a new cookbook, I fall hard.  So you really shouldn’t be surprised that I’m writing about another recipe from A Bird in the Hand.  If anything, you should be surprised that I haven’t been posting about one of Diana Henry’s chicken recipes once or twice a week for the past month.  I’m pretty enamored of chicken right now.  And that’s kind of  a big deal, isn’t it?  When was the last time you got excited about chicken? [Read more...]

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Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and Feta

Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and FetaIs it just me, or is the internet a fickle pickle?  Because I feel like last summer, it was all about telling me what do with with the abundance of zucchini and other summer squash I had at my disposal at the end of the summer.  This year, it’s pretty much radio-silence.  Which is ok, I suppose.  But there’s still squash. Squash to be sliced and blanched and shredded.  Squash to be baked and frozen and sautéed.  A lot of squash. [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable SaladThis recipe might fall into the “duh” category.  I should probably make that a thing on my recipe category side bar.  This salad would be in there, along with this and this.  You know- things that are so basic that you really don’t need a recipe at all.  But if there’s anything that I’ve learned from reading other people’s food blogs, it’s that some of the things that seem barely worth mentioning to them have become some of my most favorite, tried and true, staple recipes.  So while I sometimes shy away from posting recipes for things that seem mundane in my kitchen, I have to remind myself that for some people, it might be new and different and just what they needed to inspire their own spin on it.   [Read more...]

Beef Brisket Tacos

Brisket TacosAh, April.  Or, as I like to call it, the month where all I want is for it to be July already so I can eat corn on the cob and cheeseburgers straight from the grill.  In Chicago, we’ve seen an absolutely gorgeous April, with lots of sun and warm days.  But also a whole lot of rain and chill… not exactly worthy of pretending it’s mid-summer.  So we bounce back and forth between soup and homemade bread weather and grilled meats and salad weather.  That’s ok with me. But let’s not forget that there is one food that transcends the seasons: TACOS. [Read more...]