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Feb
28
SMASHED POTATOES

I’ve been bored, and I’ve found myself making the same stuff over and over again. I needed a new recipe. Thankfully, I found one that seems to be a huge crowd pleaser.This recipe started off as a way to get rid of some ingredients I had lying around: potatoes that were getting old, a package of bacon I’d only used once and was about to go bad, etc. So the first time, I didn’t measure anything, I just sort of threw it all together.After he went home, my brother-in-law asked for the recipe for the smashed potatoes, which is where I got the name for today’s post (thanks, Jon!). Of course, I didn’t have one. I picked the easiest way to solve this problem: I decided to throw another dinner party and attempt...


Jun
22
MY LEAST FAVORITE THINGS

We had a team lunch today with the team requested menu of tastebudsrequired.com favorites: mac & cheese, cornbread, and griot. I threw in a little rice and peas and pikliz (since I have a ton of it!). I absolutely love feeding people, but it left me with the two things I hate most about cooking: leftovers and cleaning.

Why oh why is there always so much food leftover? I get it, it’s because I cook like I’m feeding an army, but I honestly have tried to do a better job of estimating how much food I need. Unfortunately, it just never works out no matter how much I plan. Part of that is because no matter how many people I plan for, the likelihood is that there are at least some who won’t be able to make it due to last-minute...


Apr
27
SOLUTION IN A BOX

It’s amazing how quickly time moves when I’m not paying attention. Has it really been three weeks since my last post?More recipes are coming soon, but this week is a shout out to revived inspiration. If you’ll recall, my last post was about food boredom, which led to lack of inspiration for blog writing. I’ve found a solution to both problems in the past month, and it all came from a Facebook ad.Many of my friends have been complaining about Facebook ads recently, but for whatever reason, I’ve been targeted with only useful (or at least relevant) ads. One of those was for a company called Blue Apron.Maybe it just appeared at the right time, but it essentially came as a solution in a box. It’s a food de...


Feb
23
RESTAURANT ROUND UP (SEATTLE)

I haven’t felt much like cooking (or writing) this week. I’m not sure anyone would have noticed if I didn’t, but I’m trying to be consistent. Since I was short on inspiration, I decided it might be a good week for a list of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.You may recall one of my earlier posts bemoaning the difficulty of finding good food in this city, but once I was put on the right track, I figured out pretty quickly that there were some pretty fantastic places to eat.I find myself going back to these places again and again. Some of them are close to work or home, so it makes some sense. If you happen to notice that this is a little heavy on the Caribbean side, I know you’ll forgive me for falling in to...


Feb
09
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

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Oct
21
I PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE STARTED THIS TODAY

There are so many things I want to do with my life, theoretically. I think about them; I dream about them. Unfortunately, I don’t usually get around to doing them. I decided that today would be different.I recently found out that a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer. This isn’t the first such announcement I’ve had recently, and I can’t imagine a situation where this is ever good news. But this one hit me hard.Perhaps I was at a moment where there was just enough bad news to go around and I was at my breaking point. Perhaps I just needed a way to share my feelings semi-anonymously since all the people I really want to talk to today live on the other side of the country. Perhaps it’s partially based on a co...