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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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Spicy Chicken with Quick Asian Pickled Salad

For a quick dinner before my trip to Kansas, Matt and I made a quick dinner from some easy recipes we’ve made before. A light breading made for some crisp, spicy chicken. And our favorite quick Asian-style refrigerator pickles makes a delicious salad as a base. Just season the chicken (we used thin, tender-like pieces) with salt, pepper, and a little bit of cayenne, and dredge in enough flour to coat. Cook in 3 Tbsp of olive oil until crisp and cooked through, about 6-7 minutes. Serve with the quick pickles and it’s a delicious dinner in no time – even the night before a big flight!


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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

First of all, let me apologize for my recent lack of posting. On Saturday, I flew home to Kansas and have spent the last few days doing work (for an exciting upcoming blog project) and, of course, cooking away for the big day tomorrow. But one of the last things I made before I left New York was this tasty casserole which I made to replicate one of my favorite dishes at a Mexican restaurant: green onion chicken enchiladas.

I cook with green onions a lot, but they are usually chopped or minced pretty finely. This dish is has great flavor and texture that’s a little bit different than your typical “taco casserole”. Enchilada sauce ties it all together, but in an easy to assemble, layered casserole that’s easy to make and tasty to eat.

Roasted Cumin Carrots

The most beautiful carrots I have ever seen were part of my score from my last farmer’s market trip of the season. They were wonderful – a bit on the small side, since it has been getting bitterly cold already, but so flavorful it reminds you what carrots are supposed to taste like. Sweet and almost buttery and rich. This simple roast paired carrot with one it’s favorite spices: cumin. This is good as a simple side, tossed in a salad, or pureed into a silky dip that’s fantastic with pita bread.

Spicy Ground Pork over Sauteed Scallions (“Ants on a Log”)

I’ll be heading home to Kansas this weekend to spend my first Thanksgiving in four years with my wonderful family. I’m loving the fact that my neice and nephew finally understand the concept of time so we can tell them “Aunt Erin will be home next weekend” and they get it. So this weekend, I was video-chatting with them (gotta love technology), and my neice asked “What are you eating?” – she could see my plate on the edge of the screen. I told her I’m eating a favorite Asian dish that’s called “Ants on a Log”. Her face crinkled up (she probably assumed I was eating real ants), but I heard my nephew bust in from the next room. “I KNOW WHAT THAT IS!!!!!!!!! ERIN! I KNOW WHAT THAT IS!” He was out of breath from excitement, and my dad was giggling in the background. “Celery and peanut butter! Are you eating celery and peanut butter?!?!?!?”

I said yes to prevent myself from falling out of my chair laughing, but in actuality this is a delicious main course and has nothing to do with peanut butter. I got the idea from one of my favorite cookbooks. The first time I made this dish for Matt, he gobbled it up in no time…and then proceeded to ask for it…constantly. I had no real qualms with this – it’s incredibly easy and very fast, great for a quick lunch or weeknight supper. The flavors are great, and I can mix it up by adding rice, my favorite scallion pancakes, or other veggies into the pork mixture. The problem is, I just don’t like to make the same things over and over again. Why? Because of you, my lovely readers! But Matt came into the kitchen hautily one day and informed me that I’d never put this recipe on my blog. Ha! He thwarted the system, and I made it again.

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My Favorite Simple Snack

This weekend was my last (tear) visit to my local farmer’s market. I grabbed a whole bunch of amazing stuff which made for an amazing afternoon of eating and drinking, but of all the things I saw, the radishes were some of the loveliest I’d seen in a long time. It got me thinking about something my mom made once as a quick appetizer for a party.

Good, really fresh radishes are smashingly peppery, and the perfect match for that natural peppery flavor is a rich spread (butter or cheese), and a sprinkling of good sea salt. It’s like the perfect salt and pepper bite, and I could eat it all the time. And I got to thinking that while it’s certainly not fancy, it would be a great quick canape option for upcoming Thanksgiving festivities. Super simple, and everyone’s bound to love it. But you don’t have to believe me…just come over to my house and check out the empty plate.

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Coconut Bread

It’s that time of year again. Time to bundle up, fill the ovens with things that smell delicious, and enjoy the holidays. Since I went away to school, I’ve started a new tradition in my house on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning. I like to bake a deliciously decadent sweet bread. This tradition started with my attempted re-creation of a family favorite from my mother’s side of the family, a nut filled loaf called Kalacs. Next, it was Craquelin (one of my favorite recipes I learned in school), individual brioche buns filled with citrus infused sugar cubes.

This year, as I searched for a recipe, this one screamed out at me. It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at, but easy to make, and it is just perfectly delicious. It’s not too sweet, but is wonderfully light, fluffy, and coconutty. I took this “practice loaf” into the office, and it was gone in roughly 2.5 seconds.

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The Daring Kitchen

This week I was featured on the homepage of The Daring Kitchen, of which I am a proud member. If you’d like to check out my article, or more of their great site, check it out HERE!