Tilapia with Pineapple Balsamic Reduction

The only fish left in my fridge is tilapia, one of those fishes that sometimes tastes all right and other times tastes like it’s been vacuum-sealed with bad air.  What I really wanted was to make rainbow trout with a strawberry balsamic reduction, but I didn’t have rainbow trout and I didn’t have strawberries. So…

Gnocchi with Spicy Coconut Cream Sauce

Three is a beautiful number, even in cooking. Tonight I experimented with a new gnocchi idea: a fusion of Italian, Mexican and Thai cuisine and their resulting flavors of sweet, spicy, and creamy. From Italian cuisine, I made gnocchi as the starch. From Mexican, I used jalepenos, bell pepper, corn,  and green onions. And from…

Pineapple Red Curry

I’ve made coconut curry many times and it never quite tastes like the curries I’ve had in Thai restaurants–even the basil they use tastes different. But tonight I came close. I decided to break away from my usual coconut curry and add pineapple, juiced included, and nappa cabbage just because I’d never cooked with it…

Strawberry-Glazed Rainbow Trout

Sometimes whims are better than tradition. After buying rainbow trout a few days ago an idea occurred to me: what if I put a strawberry sauce on it? I’ve put lemon, orange, lime, mango on fish, but berries were something I hadn’t tried. A quick Google search told me why:  strawberries are an uncommon, but…

Baked Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish

It’s that time of year when fish is on sale, including what I recently decided is one of my favorites: catfish. It’s great breaded and fried, but since my stove top is horribly unreliable, I decided to prepare my fish as I would if I were frying it, but I put it in the oven…

This is What Was in My Fridge Flatbread

One reason I like flatbreads is their versatility. Tonight I got home late from a long day of work, tired, ready for something yummy but easy to make. Flatbreads are great for such nights. They can be as simple or as complex as you want, require little work (especially if you use dough thawed from…

Lobster Mac and Cheese on a Budget

Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. You can opt for the boxed stuff, make it plain and homemade, order it from a fancy restaurant, or make it homemade with a touch of sophistication. I prefer the last option. Some…