Psycho Cooker

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Sausage and Lentils with Fennel

I won’t try to dress it up: this was not my finest hour in the kitchen.  Before I even went to the market to get the ingredients, doubt whispered quietly in my ear about this recipe.  But I ignored it, and walked straight into this culinary mess anyway.  For a while, I’ve wanted to make something with fennel. So when I found this recipe on Epicurious.com, it sounded perfect: a lovely sauté of vegetables and lentils, served with sausage.  I love French lentils, those green little beauties, and with a chicken sausage substitution, this sounded healthful and unlike anything I’ve […]

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Avgolemono Soup

For the past few weeks, the weather has been extremely fickle in Boulder.  Three inches of snow one weekend, and 75 degrees and sunny the next.  After a miserable walk to school in precipitation that was somewhere between snow and rain, I decided that soup was the only food I would accept for dinner.  I chose egg-lemon soup, in homage to my hometown, Detroit, which seems to have a Greek diner at every major intersection (we call them “coney islands” in Detroit).  Egg-lemon soup, avgolemono*, is basically Greek chicken soup, but thickened at the end with a mixture of egg […]

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Black Bean Enchiladas

I fear I’m starting to lose credibility as I have raved about every recipe thus far.  Don’t worry:  I sense an impending disaster, however, not for this post.  On Sunday night, I made black bean and vegetable enchiladas, and they were a symphony of textures and flavors.  I did not make my own enchilada sauce.  All the recipes sounded laborious and time consuming.  When I have that much gratuitous free time, I promise to make enchilada sauce.  This blog may not be the best evidence, but the majority of my life is currently devoted to becoming a speech pathologist.  Until […]

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Presidential Broccoli Soup

Earlier this week, I was speaking with a friend, and amidst a variety of food-related topics, she told me about a fennel soup she had made.  I realized how rarely I make soup, and decided simultaneously that I should explore this unknown gastronomic territory.  My mom makes wonderful soup; she probably has twelve recipes that she whips up effortlessly.  Her proficiency is a little intimidating, but I decided I had to relinquish that feeling, and persevere.  And this is what I love about my silly, sapling of a blog: it continually forces me out of my comfort zone.  No one wants […]

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Baked Pasta in Varying Dimensions

This dish is definitely not winning any beauty pageants, but it compensates for its unfortunate looks with flavor.  Baked pasta and vegetables is one of my favorite Sunday night dinners.  It gives me the opportunity to use any lingering vegetables or cheese in my fridge, and the leftovers make me so happy on Mondays, the longest of long days.  Honestly, when I prepare this, I usually eat it for one of the two meals I pack for school (because my Mondays are so long that they require two meals), and I’m generally thrilled to eat it again for dinner when […]

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Grits: Unveiling the Mystery

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, I am a Yankee through and through.  Years living on the East coast only helped solidify this.  In the past, when I heard Paula Dean raving about grits on the Food Network, I was intrigued, but grits were something I categorized with chitlins and other foreign Southern foods.  Luckily for me, the last restaurant I worked at, the Beverly Hills Grill, opened my eyes to the wonder and versatility of grits.  Ironically, this restaurant is located in Metro Detroit (shame on me).  The Beverly Hills Grill (or BHG) is a creative, contemporary American restaurant […]

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Baked Chicken Meatballs with Peperonta

Bob Dylan called it in 1964: the times they are a changin’.  Earlier this week, Conde Nast announced that Gourmet magazine would no longer be published after almost 69 years of exceptional food writing*.  This is truly the end of an era in the world of food, and journalism as well.  The recipes of Gourmet have been a little highfalutin for my kitchen, however it has sets the pace in the culinary world for at-home cooks, even if it is indirect.  It is a magazine I actually subscribe to, and I have spent many hours leafing through its glossy pages.  […]

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Breakfast for Dinner: Vegetable and Potato Hash

  There is something immensely comforting about having breakfast for dinner.  I am unable to accurately verbalize why this is, and frankly, I want to keep it that way.  In fact, I refrain from having breakfast for dinner too regularly in order to preserve this enigma.  Last week, I had my first big exam of grad school, and the night before seemed like an appropriate occasion to indulge in my secret weapon of comfort foods.  Simply eating your usual breakfast food does not qualify as “breakfast for dinner.”  To go by this title, it must be something special, like vegetable […]

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White Bean Chili with Bulgur

Every Sunday night, I cook with the intention of having leftovers. I have a love-hate relationship with leftovers.  On one hand, there is comfort in knowing you have something luscious waiting in your refrigerator when you’re ravenous after class or work.  Conversely, I love to cook, and having leftovers puts a kink in being able to cook unless you happen have no scruples about throwing away food.  However, with my current life style, leftovers are a necessity, and I spend abundant time on the decision-making process for my Sunday night cooking to ensure I will not be disappointed throughout the […]

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