Sometimes you feel like a nut: Almond Chicken (with jasmine rice)

I love Asian food.  I could eat at Chinese restaurants almost every single day if I had the money and someone who wanted to eat at them with me that often.  As seen on Geek Girl, I’ve tried to make many Asian-style dishes at home, and I’ve succeeded in not only making my tummy happy…

First Guest Cook Post: Tater Tot Casserole with The Roommate

Note: This has been tossed around since I started Geek Girl — the idea of having “guest cooks” to make posts with recipes and photos.  I haven’t done it yet because I haven’t had anyone who’d cooked something that either wanted to make a guest cook post (or who doesn’t already have his/her own cooking…

You may be an undigested bit of beef : Rustic beef stew pies

The holidays are upon us.  In America, we just celebrated Thanksgiving (as well as Hanukkah for those who celebrate it), and this means leftovers.  So many leftovers.  At this time, there are always posts throughout the internet about what to do with leftover turkey, leftover ham.  At Yuletide, my tradition has been to do roast…

Adaptation is the key to survival: Beef with Broccoli

When a friend posted this recipe to Facebook, it was specifically for making this excellent dish in the crockpot.  Now I have absolutely NO PROBLEM AT ALL with crockpot cooking.  There are several meals I like to make involving my crockpot.  However, I wanted to make this on the stove in my new “every day…

Let me give you a quiche: Chicken and mushroom quiche

I know.  I know.  I haven’t posted nearly enough here in the last few months, but I’ve had a few good reasons.  The first good reason is that on December 15th, I… GRADUATED WITH MY MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING!!!! After graduation was, of course, Christmas, and the only things I cooked for that were two…

Mouth too full to think of a clever title: Spicy Black Bean Chicken

Several months ago — and I’m talking probably somewhere at the tail-end of 2011 — my roommate decided that since she’d never eaten anything with Serrano peppers and I had never cooked with them, that we needed to buy some and I needed to work some kitchen-fu with them.  So I went into the trusty AllRecipes.com and typed in…

Burns’ Night Feast: Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Kailkenny and Blueberry Tart

Tonight was a first.  After years of somewhat obsessing about the poet Robert Burns because of a Torchwood PBEM roleplaying game, I finally pulled out the stops (for a poor graduate student living at home with her roommate, dog and roommate’s cat) and cooked my first Burns’ Night dinner.  Now, I know that the traditional Burns’…

Even an hour later, I’m still full: Mongolian beef with jasmine rice

I know.  I know it’s been too damned long since I’ve posted anything new here.  With school, I don’t get much time to cook, and lately, when I have cooked, I’ve done tried and true recipes that I can throw together without having to think much, so there hasn’t been anything to post here.  Well, that’s…

The Weather Outside is Frightful…ly Hot — So I made Chili

Normally I wait until cold weather to make soup or stew or even chili, but for some reason, this morning when I woke up, homemade chili was exactly what I wanted to eat for dinner.  Now, we all know that there are thousands upon thousands of recipes for chili, from meaty versions to vegetarian versions…

Cheesy to bake: homemade mac ‘n cheese

When I was little, my mother used to make homemade baked mac and cheese, and to her utter disappointment, I hated it.  I loved the Kraft stuff (with the powder, not the cheese sauce, ew…and don’t get me started on the Velveeta shells and cheese, which is just truly one of the most disgusting things…

Feelin’ hot! hot! hot! : Mexican Casserole

What everyone should know how to make three or four of — casseroles.  They’re good for all occasions from dinners with friends to potlucks and always the sadder thing, funerals.  Let’s face it, when someone dies, what’s the one thing that everyone does?  Cooks tons of food and takes it to the family so that…

Layer by Layer: Enchilada Casserole (aka the Lazy Enchilada)

This recipe is much like the King Ranch Chicken that I posted a few weeks back but with different sauce and with hamburger instead of chicken.  It is equally as tasty, equally as easy to put together and it makes fantastic leftovers just like any casserole. INGREDIENTS 1-2 lbs ground beef 1-2 packets of McCormick (or…