Jalapeño Beer Cheese Soup

The artisan food and beverage movement has created so many lovely businesses in my hometown, I can’t keep count. Cincinnati has a deep and rich beer history, thanks, in part, to its German heritage: the brands Christian Moerlein, Hudepohl, and Weidemann, among others, began in Cincinnati. In grad school, a fellow student even wrote his dissertation on the topic (and took a lot of ribbing over it, mostly because the rest of us were sequestered away in the library for days on end while he was out and about town on his “research” trips) ....more

Cold-Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup

I knew this winter was going to be a tough one when my annual, knock-down-drag-out cold arrived in October. I really hope that I’ve paid my cold dues for the season, but judging by the red-noses and saggy faces of folks schlepping around the grocery store, looking like death warmed over, cold season has arrived with claws extended. I don’t care if there’s science behind it; I don’t care if it’s a placebo effect of memories from my youth, sipping chicken soup when sick ....more

Healthy Chicken Chili

It’s chili cook-off time here in Cincinnati. I don’t compete, but the steady social media stream of January calls-for-entry always gets me itching to make a big pot of spicy goodness. Red meat isn’t really my thing, so even though I do make a mean batch of chili, it was a once-a-year meal ....more

Mushroom Lentil Adzuki Bean Soup

Oh, boy. It’s the Monday after New Year’s, the day everyone targeted as the beginning of their, “This year I will …” lists. You ready? ...more

Hoppin’ John Rice Bowls

I’d like to end the year (or begin the year, depending on when you read this post) with some thoughts on cooking. 2014 saw the rise of home cooking advocacy from some of the food industry’s most public voices, including Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan. I’d like to think that, as a food blogger, I played some small, positive role in the movement ....more

Christmas Wreath Appetizers

Hi Everyone! A quick post today, with an even quicker recipe. Plus, the spectacle of questionable cell phone photos (cell phone + kitchen fluorescents = this recipe will not be featured on Food Gawker ), as I decided at the very last minute that this might be something cute enough to share, especially if you’re rushing to round out your holiday party menu ....more

Smoky Tempeh Vegetable and Rice Bowl

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: today’s recipe sounds like a healthy dish, looks like a healthy dish (and tastes fabulous), right smack in the middle of December, with Christmas hot on our heels. I know you all are positively drooling over the all the Pinterest sweets in your feed (which stubbornly won’t show me soups and grains and salads, no matter how many times I clear my search or refresh the page or change preferences. I get it, Pinterest, the peeps want the sweets, so you’re giving everyone sweets.) But I … and I guess this makes me a weirdo … I’m sweeted out ....more

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

It’s Salsa Time! A few days after the hullabaloo of Thanksgiving passed, I discovered a half of a bag of cranberries in the fridge, starting to drift to the back wall the way forgotten ingredients do. I grabbed the bag … and it sat on the counter all morning while I stalked around it, running through various options in my mind ....more

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bowls

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my affection for food in bowls, so it’s about time to bring that around again. Most of my favorite foods fit perfectly in bowls: soups and stews, chilis, salads, rice and pasta dishes. There’s just something about a meal tucked in a bowl that’s cozy and filling, and encourages hovering over ....more

Avgolemono Turkey Soup

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving day, and that you’re rarin’ to go into the holiday season! I also hope that the Thanksgiving cooks amongst you had — or will have soon — a chance to make some turkey stock from your leftovers, because man, that stuff is good! I used some of my own turkey stock (which I had made earlier for last Monday’s post) to make some rich homemade gravy … delicioso! ...more