Complete Recipe Book

spinach-artichoke-dip “Benevolent spinach” she called it. - I’m not sure whether this is spinach dip or creamed spinach. To be honest, I don’t know what the difference is, and whatever it is, Continue Reading
“Let’s throw some tacos together,” - we said when our friend Deb said she would pop over. More often than not, we have enough stuff in the house to make tacos Continue Reading
black bean soup “What else goes in black bean soup?” - When I was a kid, the only soup I’d eat was Campbell’s Bean with Bacon. According to the official nutritional information, a half cup serving Continue Reading
(My next recipe needs no introduction:) Introduction to Beef Stew - stew: 1. a dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan; 2. (informal) a state of great anxiety Continue Reading
(The various ways that) Fried Chicken can make you happy (as well as various other fried things) - Previously, I wrote about corn flake baked chicken, which is utter rubbish compared to this. This classic fried chicken recipe. Why do we need yet Continue Reading
lodge-cast-iron-skillet Cast iron is non-stick - when it’s hot enough. Better yet, swipe a little oil inside the pan first and get it glistening. Set it on the flame — it Continue Reading
Happy Corned Beef Hash Day! The best Kiwi-American Corned Beef Hash Recipe. - I shit you not, this is, officially, Corned Beef Hash Day. How did I know this, you ask? Easy: I didn’t. The very strange coincidence Continue Reading
haloumi-salad If you need to impress a vegetarian, - maybe for “Meatless Monday” or some other government holiday, then I heartily recommend this halloumi salad. One of its most appealing features is that you’ll Continue Reading
macaroni and cheese Kids love macaroni & cheese - unless you’re my eight year old kid who wouldn’t touch the stuff with a borrowed hand. Charlie is what we non-judgementally call “fussy”, but in Continue Reading
May you never need Hot Honey Water - When a child sneezes into your mouth, settle in and prepare to enjoy the kid’s sinus fuckery times infinity squillion. As a parent, you learn Continue Reading
Pomaine-cooking-in-ten-minutes Onion Splat, or Pomiane’s 10-minute Onion Soup - We were chopping firewood, sharing a bottle of stout, and talking about this whole cookbook idea when my friend Julian said “hey, have you read Continue Reading
roux-the-day Roux: smooth, toasty, and damned effective. - “Roux” is a French word, meaning ginger, as in red-haired. Interestingly, the recipe for roux calls for exactly zero hairs. Keep this in mind as Continue Reading
eggs on toast Scrambled Eggs on Toast, or: An omelet for those who can’t be fucking bothered - While researching eggs on toast, I discovered that some people COOK EGGS IN THE MICROWAVE. Obviously this troubled me, so I used a widely popular Continue Reading
season-the-meat Season the meat, not the mixture. - This tip, plus technique, plus two secret ingredients, which never really were secret and surely won’t be after I publish this history, are what, if Continue Reading
skirt-steak Skirt Steak: The cheaper the better. - In Southern California, at the carnicerĂ­a you can buy pre-marinated carne asada, and it’s often skirt steak. It’s cheap. It’s delicious. And our local carnicerĂ­a Continue Reading
Mac cheese bacon So I’m opinionated about soup. - Soups use too much celery for my tastes, and by “too much” I mean the slightest shred of the shit. My opinion: like mayonnaise, the Continue Reading
lentil soup ingredients Some people ask why Lentil Soup makes you fart - I had this brilliant idea: when I write a title to a post, I’ll type a few keywords into a search bar and see what Continue Reading
The World’s Best Blended Salsa on Earth - I don’t mean to overstate things, but mine is the best salsa this side of Betelgeuse. And yes I do mean the star that’s about Continue Reading
the worlds best nachos on earth The World’s Best Nachos on Earth - I don’t mean to overstate things, but mine are absolutely the best nachos in the galaxy. Word is there’s some good Mexican food out past Continue Reading
broccoli-halves There are two things about broccoli - you should keep in mind: First, if you’ve rediscovered a wilting head in the fridge, you can revive it. Second, there’s no secret to cooking Continue Reading
california-mexican-rice Toasted (Californian/Mexican) Rice - The trick is in the title. Toasting. Though really you’ll fry the uncooked rice first — however, a recipe called “Fry the Uncooked Rice First Continue Reading
soup-pumpkin-kale When life hands you pumpkins - make Pumpkin Soup. Someone gave us half of a giant pumpkin, so, of course, as anyone would, I made soup. Tonight it’s me and the Continue Reading