Whenever I make this easy green bean dish, I think, “why don’t I have this every day?” It’s so simple and fast to cook and it gets all my favorite flavors in one place, salty, garlicky and spicy. Throw a fried egg on top, serve with rice, and you have a delicious meal. A great side dish to go along with Classic Sesame Noodles or Filipino Chicken Adobo.
One of my favorite holiday traditions in my extended family is for me to make sour dill pickles as gifts for everyone! For many years I have been making them with the “help” of my best friend’s son who has slowly become more and more helpful as he has grown. Sadly this year the biggest pickle lovers in the family have now moved to other cities and you can’t bring a jar of pickles on the plane. So this year I’m hoping some of you will pick up this tradition and make some pickles as gifts for your friends and family!
My Dad is a man of simple tastes. Not that he likes things boring! He always chided my sisters and I for getting “just pepperoni” on our pizza when we were kids. What sort of lunatics don’t get olives and peppers and mushrooms? Well, my sisters and I obviously. BUT the truth is that the easiest way to please him was to simply make him a grilled cheese sandwich. And man, if you thought to put some spicy mustard, pickled jalapeños or olives in it. WELL, clearly there was a culinary GOD in the house. This recipe is what my Dad considers the most satisfying, bang for your buck and for your time. That is, if you don’t have a daughter around to cajole into making you a grilled cheese sandwich. That’s always plan A of course. Love you Dad! Keep reading
Baked sweet potatoes are a fun weekday meal. All you have to do is throw them in the oven and grab a couple of toppings from the fridge. I first got into them when I had a large number of sweet potatoes from a farm share. They were all odd sizes with long knobbly bits and I just didn’t know what to do. So I just baked them, grabbed some sour cream and other random sauces and made a little topping bar. We ate potato after potato (these were little ones I swear!) and tried different toppings on each. So easy and surprisingly awesome. They’re particularly satisfying after a day of serious physical work or a big workout. Keep reading