Pantry Spaghetti Sauce

Have you ever taken in the sheer variation of tomatoes available in cans? This recipe is a great opportunity to use a whole bunch of them. I like to let this simmer all day, so that the dry spices have plenty of time to release flavor into the sauce. It’s a lesson in patience and…

Southwestern Toasted Corn

Easy, cheap, quick, and tasty. Though it is probably a side dish, I’m eating this bowl of this as I write. I love this variation on plain canned corn, and it will work with corn on the cob as well, if that’s your jam. But seen here, it’s made with pantry food, and it was…

The Sauce That Goes on Everything

I like to keep the tension high, but since there’s a picture, I’ll just come out with it. The mystery sauce is bechamel, and it sounds complex, but it’s a basic sauce that is easy to make and then modify to suit all kinds of things. Let’s talk about it. Bechamel starts with a roux….

Despair-Free Palmiers

Sometimes we think fresh food is a nightmare time sink of darkness and despair. If you’re feeling that way, try to go out that night. It’ll show in your food. No one wants to eat your despair. But when the clouds part, try rough puff pastry, and make some of these ephemeral lovelies. If you’re…

10 Minute Whiskey Lime Shrimp Scampi

Quick, easy, late food. I just wanted to eat. I got a bag of frozen, peeled, deveined shrimp without tails on sale a few days ago, and I wanted something tasty to do with it. There’s whiskey, half a lime, and some spices. Let’s eat. You can thaw it, if you’re a planner. It doesn’t…

GUACAMOLE.

Guac. You love it or you hate it. I want you to love it the way I do, though. It’s amazing stuff. You can read a million articles about the health benefits of it, and all that is super important, but what really matters is the amazing stuff it does to tacos. So how do…

The Art of Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is amazing stuff. It’s simple, tasty, and goes with everything. You can buy it, if you want, but if you make your own, you can proportion it the way you like it, with the vinegars and olive oils that you like, and it’s always fresh. You can make it in the quantity you need…