Brokeass Gourmet: Cast-iron chicken and sweet potatoes

Brokeass Gourmet: Cast-iron chicken and sweet potatoes

When I am deep in work, there's this severely annoying thing that happens around 5:30 p.m.: I realize I have absolutely no idea what the plan for dinner is. I haven't shopped. I haven't prepped. I certainly haven't heated the oven. And the amount of work that I know will go into getting dinner...

Brokeass Gourmet

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Three-ingredient strawberry frozen yogurt

    Brokeass Gourmet: Three-ingredient strawberry frozen yogurt

    I worry. I worry about the physical and emotional health of the people I love. I worry about the future, both near and far, mine and yours. I worry that the path I have chosen is flawed. I worry that, actually, it is perfect, that it is I who is flawed. I worry about those flaws. And worry, and...

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Marinated Goat Cheese

    Brokeass Gourmet: Marinated Goat Cheese

    I live for food TV. Ted Allen on “Chopped” is reason enough to spring for cable (or, um, to ask sweetly to “borrow” your parents’ Comcast login). You can keep your Angelina Jolies and Brad Pitts—the celebrities who make my heart skip are the Alex Guarnaschellis, Tom Colicchios, and Michael Voltaggios...

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Mushroom Bacon

    Brokeass Gourmet: Mushroom Bacon

    I was a vegetarian from early childhood until about six years ago (a long story involving the Sonoma County Fair’s petting zoo and an ill-timed slice of pepperoni pizza). Even today, though I do enjoy meat, the person I share most of my meals with keeps kosher, so it’s just easier to cook predominantly...

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Cherry Pepper Romesco Sauce

    Brokeass Gourmet: Cherry Pepper Romesco Sauce

    I resolve to cook more in 2015. I know that sounds absurd, since you are reading my column all about cooking, but hear me out.  I want to cook more, better, and more deeply in 2015. I want to eat real, whole, lovingly prepared food, even when I’m tired. Even when I’ve been in meetings and on airplanes...

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale, Cranberries, and Goat Cheese

    Brokeass Gourmet: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale, Cranberries, and Goat Cheese

    There’s something essentially comforting to me about harvest time. Beyond soul-satisfying fall foods like butternut squash soup, pumpkin mac and cheese, and roasted root vegetables, harvest serves as a yearly reminder that there is much in this world that is a whole lot bigger than I am. That,...

  • Brokeass Gourmet: Tandoori-style roast chicken

    Brokeass Gourmet: Tandoori-style roast chicken

    Tandoor ovens, perhaps best known for their role in cooking naan and tandoori chicken and fish, are a mainstay in Indian and Pakistani homes and restaurants. They get extremely hot and are used to quickly cook food, often charring it a bit in the most pleasant of ways. I don’t have one in my tiny...

  • Chickpea-Flour Flatbread

    Chickpea-Flour Flatbread

    I tend to develop crushes on ingredients. Sweet potatoes, kale, coconut milk, avocados, and chicken thighs have all been my jam (come to think of it, jam, too, has been my jam). Well, the latest stud on my culinary dance card is none other than chickpea flour, also known as besan or gram flour...

  • Pumpkin Challah

    Pumpkin Challah

    I know it’s sort of trite, but my favorite thing about autumn is the omnipresence of pumpkin and pumpkin-infused treats. I love brown-butter pumpkin mac and cheese. I love curried pumpkin pizza.  And, though it technically doesn’t contain pumpkin, I love pumpkin spice lattes (provided I make them...

  • Strawberry Balsamic Jam

    Strawberry Balsamic Jam

    As summer begins to wind down and the nights start to get cooler, I find myself already feeling wistful for easy summer living: flowy sundresses, refreshing seasonal beers, and fresh, beautiful summer fruit, at the peak of ripeness. Pretty soon it will be too cold to wear those sundresses and,...

  • Chilled Yellow-Tomato Soup with Mint and Yogurt

    Chilled Yellow-Tomato Soup with Mint and Yogurt

    Confession: I bought a bunch of beautiful, fragrant yellow tomatoes last weekend at the farmers market and promptly forgot about them. I should really be punished—seriously, it’s a crime against summer produce. They should have been eaten immediately, at room temperature, drizzled with extra-virgin...

  • Parmesan Zucchini Fries

    Parmesan Zucchini Fries

    Crispy, salty French fries seem to be de rigeur in late-night diners, but, to tell the truth, I can take or leave regular French fries (sweet potato fries are different—I pretty much always take those, but they’re hard to find in most diners). That said, I’ll take a plate of zucchini fries any...

  • Health Freak Sushi

    Health Freak Sushi

    As things in my life get more and more hectic, I'm finding myself gravitating more and more toward simple, fresh, healthy foods at the end of the day. These sushi rolls are made with nutty brown rice, which is better for you than white rice, but also better tasting, as far as I'm concerned. I used...

  • Spiced Plantain Tacos

    Spiced Plantain Tacos

    Summer food should not be over-thought.

  • White Cheddar Queso Dip

    White Cheddar Queso Dip

    I make a simple roux, and then stirred in creamy, nutty, delicious white cheddar

  • Tempeh Avocado Banh Mi

    Tempeh Avocado Banh Mi

    Delicious Vietnamese sandwiches readily available in most cities and a longtime favorite of the broke-but-discerning foodie

  • Guinness Mac and Cheese

    Guinness Mac and Cheese

    Beer and cheddar have such an affinity for one another-the sour punch of the beer plays gorgeously with the nutty tang of the cheddar

  • Hot Buttered Pretzels

    Hot Buttered Pretzels

    Hard pretzels don't really do much for me. Sure, they're oft-lauded as a great healthy snack, but honestly, I'd rather have a bowl of kale. Even the peanut butter-filled kind, while marginally better than plain ones, leave me unsatisfied-not to mention thirsty. But soft, buttery pretzels, hot out...

DIY Kitchen

  • DIY Kitchen: Pasta Alla Carbonara that'll impress a one-night stand

    DIY Kitchen: Pasta Alla Carbonara that'll impress a one-night stand

    Ah, carbonara, one of my all-time favorites. Simple yet composed, cheap, quick, pretty easy but still fun to make, and hits all of the major hunger voids all at once: pork, cheese, salt, rich, starch, garlic, pepper. Yeah. A tip for those wanting to impress their one-night stand: Forget about mastering...

  • DIY Kitchen: Microwave cooking tips

    DIY Kitchen: Microwave cooking tips

    As I was scoring my monthly RoFo chicken fix the other day, I overheard someone in line discussing the “microwaved corn” video that’s been making the rounds, in which YouTuber Carl Blemming shows how to cook an ear of corn in the microwave without shucking it first. The woman in line discussing...

  • Oysters outside "R" months

    Oysters outside "R" months

    So how does that old chestnut about “R” months—months with an “R” in their spelling—and oysters go? I've been thinking about this because I just accepted a job at Thames Street Oyster House. In an impromptu poll of fellow barflies, folks were split pretty evenly into thirds of: “ONLY eat oysters...

  • DIY Kitchen

    DIY Kitchen

    Pros: A blind chimp could make it.

In Season

  • In Season: Roasted Celeriac and Sweet Potato Mash

    In Season: Roasted Celeriac and Sweet Potato Mash

    Cooking seasonally often calls for an added measure of resourcefulness. Wintertime, in particular, can test one’s culinary ingenuity. Asparagus, ramps, and greens are still months away, but experimenting with the unusual can reignite your creativity in the kitchen. New ingredients inspire and make...

  • In Season: Massaged Kale Salad

    In Season: Massaged Kale Salad

    A healthy salad can be a welcome respite from the holiday meals, cookies, booze, and general indulgences of the holidays. By now, we all know that kale is one of America’s favorite “superfoods.” It’s hard to go to any restaurant, food blog, or modern cookbook without seeing the leafy green brassica....

  • Arugula Salad with Bresaola and Manchego

    Arugula Salad with Bresaola and Manchego

    In what feels like an instant, summer has passed and we find ourselves squarely in the midst of fall. The onset of overnight frost will soon compromise the summer’s bounty, thus making way for heartier, cold-weather crops. Before long, farmers market tables will be brimming with cabbages, winter...

  • In Season

    In Season

    Plum season lasts from mid-July to mid-September in Maryland.

  • In Season

    In Season

    Be wary of roadside vendors peddling "local" sweet corn this time of year. Though days are long and the temperature is climbing, it's still (way) too early for corn and other summer favorites. I get it though--a particle board sign that reads "Sweet Corn"