• Appetizers,  Entrees,  Recipes,  Side Dishes

    Redemption and bear-shaped tostadas

    Last week, I made some delicious game-day food for the return of Sunday Football at Jim’s place. Unfortunately, as a result of Cutler’s awful debut performance, I was too dejected to actually post about it. Since I went to great lengths to make bear-shaped food, and the Bears redeemed themselves tonight in an exhilarating win, I think I’ll get around to posting about that meal now. Plus, this tortilla soup is way too good not to share. Black Bean Bear Tostadas and Tortilla Soup For the Tortilla Soup you’ll need: 3 chicken breasts 1 cup chicken stock 1 zucchini finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped 1-2 jalapenos (depending on how spicy…

  • Recipes,  Side Dishes

    So I’m a little corny…

    Corn-centric recipes have been all over the food blogs this week, and I’ve posted a few myself. I wanted to chill out on the corny posts, but I had to use up my leftovers, so here goes: Mexican corn muffins You’ll need: 1/2 cup cilantro-lime corn (you can also just use regular sweet corn) 1 cup masa 2/3 cup water 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup shredded cheese, divided in half 2 tablespoons butter, softened ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder 1 teaspoon salt Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine ingredients, using half of the cheese (1/8 cup). The dough should be close to the consistency of…

  • Side Dishes

    Cilantro-lime corn

    When we go to Joe’s, we rarely stray from our usual side dish: Jennie’s Potatoes. But since it was six of us this time, we decided to “whack it up” as my dad would say, and order several sides, including a seasonal specialty—cilantro-lime corn. It was beautiful and delicious—summer in a side dish. The cilantro and lime weren’t overpowering, as I had expected, but gave the sweet, charred corn a tangy zing. I’ve done my best to recreate the dish. Cilantro-Lime Corn You’ll need: 5-6 ears of sweet corn 4 tablespoons butter (softened) 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped juice of one half of a lime 1/2 or a whole jalapeno,…

  • Recipes,  Side Dishes

    The best potato salad EVER

    At least I think so. But perhaps I’m slightly biased. I whipped this up this afternoon for an impromptu BBQ at Greg and Doug’s. Before I start the recipe, here’s a disclaimer: I typically eyeball all the measurements. What follows is a rough estimation; we’re not baking a soufflé here, so we should be fine. Red Potato Salad You’ll need: about 3 lbs of small red potatoes (TIP: buy them in bulk if possible and choose ones that are roughly the same size so they cook in the same amount of time) 1-2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 half of a small yellow onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic,…