Tuna Lemon and Herb Pasta


I love the versatility of pasta. With just a few pantry ingredients, you can make a delicious meal. But not always, like this Tuna Lemon and Dill recipe from Olive Magazine.

I made some modifications due to the nature of US grocery stores and Imperial units, and my appalling lack of fresh dill, and the result was interesting, for a little while. I couldn't bring myself to finish it all, though.

If I had a rating system based on how many days of leftovers I could tolerate, this recipe would get a 2/5. Other people might find it appetizing, but this is definitely not my style of food.

Tuna lemon and herb pasta recipe

Poulet au Vin Blanc


Fancy-speak for "chicken with white wine", this recipe is amazing, easy, and delicious. If you've got chicken, white wine, an onion, some garlic, and some mushrooms, you can toss this together in a little more than an hour.

The site I got this from calls it Coq au Chardonnay, but since it's not coq but hen (rooster isn't widely-available in supermarkets), and it wasn't Chardonnay but cheap white wine, I can't very well keep calling it that.

Since the chicken takes 40 minutes to cook, I had time to make a mushroom barley risotto. I had some dried porcini mushrooms laying around, so I rehydrated those and saved the flavorful liquid that resulted. I combined the mushroom liquid with some beef stock and some thyme, made a risotto, and then added some good parmesan cheese I had laying around. The result was better than I had expected.

As with so many good recipes, the biggest problem is that it's gone too soon...

Chicken with creamy white wine sauce and mushrooms with barley
mushroom risotto

Indian Spiced Stew


I keep promising co-workers that I'll try more Indian food. I enjoy it immensely every time I have it. And yet, it's a rare night that I will actually make something Indian, though I have started keeping my pantry stocked with the right ingredients.

This Indian Spiced Stew with Chicken and Potatoes is easy to make. It only needs a quick sear on the chicken and then 4 hours in the slow cooker. It can be served as-is, or over rice. Do not forget to add the yogurt! It's mildly spicy and fragrant, and I will enjoy trying this again.

Indian spiced stew with chicken and potatoes with yogurt on

Almond Snowball Cookies


Grandma would make these oblong, sugar-coated cookies every Christmas, and it's taken me years to find the recipe. I finally stumbled across this recipe for Snowball Cookies on What's Cooking America. I'm glad I did, because I've always loved these cookies above (most) others.

These cookies are simplicity itself: Butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, flour, and some toasted nuts. I chose almonds, but walnuts or pecans are good as well.

If you're craving cookies and don't have a lot of ingredients, these are a good choice!

Snowball cookies cooling on wire rack

Jamaican Jerk Chicken


A few months back I bought a 12 pound bag of chicken drumsticks, so I've had lots of chicken recipes on my mind. When I came across this Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks recipe, I had to give it a try: I wanted something spicy/sweet, and this certainly does that.

I couldn't find Scotch Bonnet peppers, so I used Habanero peppers instead. Pro tip: Use gloves. I barely touched the peppers, and my fingers were on fire for hours afterward. I was thankfully lucky enough to not touch any sensitive parts...

The recipe also includes rice and beans, but I decided to use up my potatoes and make garlic mashed (with some cheese, because why not). Side note: Life is too short to eat mild cheddar... Maybe one could find use for it as part of a cheese tray with crackers. But, mild cheddar in any other purpose else is easily overpowered.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and