Stuffed mushrooms with pecan pesto and goat cheese

After months and months of thesis writing and subsisting on take-out, I have emerged as a newly minted PhD! And thankfully that also means getting back into the kitchen to come up with some new creations to revitalize my spirit. I threw together this recipe for an impromptu dinner party, and I actually enjoy the pressure to come up…

Cajun cornbread stuffing

Ever since my conversion to a stuffing-lover a few years ago, after discovering that this dish doesn’t have to be a soggy mess full of terrifying giblet chunks, I’ve been meaning to try out a Southern-inspired cornbread stuffing. Although I do love the savory herb-iness of typical Thanksgiving fare, this holiday could definitely use a…

Saag with homemade paneer

We’ve arrived at a varsity-level technique: cheese making! It sounds scary and impossible, but making fresh cheese at home is surprisingly simple and delicious. The only special ‘equipment’ I had to go out and buy was a piece of muslin (I found that traditional cheesecloth was a bit too porous on my first go-round). The…

Kale chips

This is likely the simplest recipe I’ll ever post on my blog – so take note! This one works well as a snack or as a delightfully crunchy garnish. Whenever I get home after a long day toiling in the lab, I am usually exhausted, mentally drained, and quite hungry (I’ve coined the term ‘hangry’…

Garlic mashed potatoes

I have to thank my dearest best friend Caitlin for the inspiration for this dish, and also Alton Brown for teaching me the wonders of garlic-infused cream. Caitlin, as a vegetable-hating vegetarian you puzzle me, but this recipe is a tribute to your love for everything full of carbs, cream, and cheese. It can also…

Homemade green bean casserole

Green bean casserole has always been one of my favorite dishes. However, in recent years, I’ve developed a distaste for using processed or prepared foods. Canned grean beans? Campbell’s cream of mushroom? French’s fried onions? No, no, and no. Not in my kitchen! I briefly considered buying some fried onion topping from Sunflower, but then…

Roasted brussels sprouts with pistachios

This was by far the easiest Thanksgiving dish of them all, and it definitely received its fair share of compliments! This one was also from the New York Times Vegetarian Thanksgiving blog, but I adapted it a decent amount, enough to claim it for myself, I think. I never really thought of brussels sprouts as…

Apple and walnut stuffing

I suppose the appropriate term would be ‘dressing’ in this case, because it’s not actually stuffed inside of anything – except for my belly, of course. For the past several years, this has been my stuffing of choice. I asked Aaron if he was interested in trying something new, like a cornbread stuffing (I will…