Pork Loin Banh Mi

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Inactive Time: 30+ minutes Serving Size: 4 – 6 sandwiches Podcast Recommendation: Fresh Air interview w/ Jordan Peele about his movie, “Get Out.” We watched the movie in Pittsburgh with some friends and it was excellent on so many levels. Definitely recommend watching the movie and […]

Chorizo Quiche, Take Two (No Milk or Cream!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes Serving Size: 4-8 people Podcast Recommendation: Not a podcast, but the Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” was well done – both in its investigation into the failure of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors, and also in its probe into the life of the five boys […]

Apple Spinach Salad w/ Pomegranate Seeds, Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and Balsamic Viniagrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes Serving Size: 5-7 Podcast Recommendation: In the Dark by American Public Media: Ep. 1 The Crime. This is an excellent investigative crime podcast about the murder of Jacob Wetterling, a boy who went missing in Minnesota when he was 11 in 1989. Just prior to this podcast’s release the man […]

Pressure Cooker Pork Harissa w/ Israeli Couscous and Carrots

🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 I love seasonal items at Trader Joe’s and discovered a jar of harissa sauce the other day. I’ve never cooked with (or consumed) harissa before but the ingredient list promised a spicy experience so I picked a jar up. According to an article on the Kitchn, harissa is “a spicy and aromatic chile paste […]

Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas Bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes Serving Size: 2-3 Podcast Recommendation: Hidden Brain: The Perils of Power:The psychology behind “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton. This is a really interesting interview with Prof. Dacher Ketner from Berkeley who looks at the paradox of power. […]

Pizza w/ Trader Joe’s Garlic & Herb Dough

Pictured w/ Branch Cake Server from Sur la Table Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ an hour dough-resting time)| Cook Time: 12 minutes Serving Size: 3-6, depending on appetites 🙂 Podcast Recommendation: Ingredients: Trader Joe’s Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough ($1.29) 2 tbsp flour parchment paper 1/2 cup tomato puree (not sauce!!) 2 tbsp olive oil pinch […]

BEST-EVER Spicy Tuna Salad

I took a French pastries from scratch course this morning but didn’t enjoy it as much as I should’ve because of the group dynamic. The class was small, 8 people instead of the usual 12, and I was put in a group with three others that didn’t pay attention very well and would often need instructions repeated back to […]

Creamy Zucchini Sausage Soup

Podcast Recommendation: Servings: 3 Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 3 zucchinis, diced 3 cloves garlic, diced 2.5 cups chicken broth 2 hot sausages, divided and flattened into quarter-sized pieces garlic salt ground black pepper garlic powder 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese tabasco (optional) Instructions: sauté zucchini, onion and garlic […]

Buffalo Sauce Pork Chops with Melty Mozzarella

Podcast Recommendation: This American Life: Tarred and Feathered (Three stories about people who are publicly shamed, including (1) a man who was literally tarred and feathered in Ireland in 2007, (2) a man whose reputation was tarnished by one person posting anonymously from multiple accounts on a small town’s online forum, and (3) pedophiles who don’t want […]

Bacon Cobb Salad with Ranch

Podcast Recommendation: Planet Money: The People Inside Your Machine (The Planet Money team explores Amazon’s “Mechanical Turks” – people who are hired with nominal pay to complete tasks that machines are poor at executing, such as determining what shows up on Amazon’s recommended list when you’re looking at a product’s page.) Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 […]