what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks

Over the course of the past five months, I have been gallantly slaying away at the challenge I set forth for myself: cookbook/bake/assemble/create one recipe from each of my 52 cookbooks! I started out as a terrible klutz in the kitchen on the verge of giving myself a monthly bout of food poisoning. After aContinue reading “what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks”

Ghanaian Groundnut Stew

Peanut soup is an authentic African recipe that’s very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana. And not only are peanuts a good source of protein, fats and fiber, but they pack a mighty punch of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Let’s take a step back in time together… According to the National Peanut Board,Continue reading “Ghanaian Groundnut Stew”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

lentil soup with miso

You know those meals that get better the next day? Like some curries and chilis, when the flavors marinate overnight and you eat leftovers the following day and it’s like ten times better? This is one of those. You’re welcome. This lentil miso soup comes out of this giant book of miso that IContinue reading “lentil soup with miso”

curried sweet potato and carrot soup

When I lived away from my parents for the first time during college, they bought me this cookbook full of vegetarian recipes to make in a slow cooker. It was so convenient because most of the recipes are pretty simple, and I could find all the ingredients at the Trader Joe’s just a couple blocksContinue reading “curried sweet potato and carrot soup”

loaded mock potato soup

Is this weather amazing or what!? Like mid-sixties, bright sunshine, a fresh soft breeze… I could get used to this Back to our main topic now – food! More specifically, another pathetic kitchen fail. Why did my loaded mock potato soup fail? Well, I take full responsibility… Confession: my name is Carissa, and I’mContinue reading “loaded mock potato soup”

two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder

Okay. Let’s sit down for a little fireside chat here. It’s snowing outside (YES IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH WTH) so it’s the perfect setting to snuggle up for some real talk together: kitchen fails. Fail #1 – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. I was expecting something more… solid… than what got pulled out of the oven.Continue reading “two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder”

two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup

We made it to the last few weeks of winter! Spring is within sight! WOO HOO PARTY TIME OH YEAAAAH! The winter here in Portland this year has been pretty mild. There has been barely any snowfall – like a couple hours on a couple different days that didn’t even stick long enough to justifyContinue reading “two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup”

Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast

Welcome to another episode of Cooking from my Cookbooks! Yay! I have already consolidated my collection of cookbooks down by two. One was a tiny nutrition/diet book with recipes from a chiropractic office I used to work at. There’s barely any photos in it and the ones that are there are black-and-white and the recipesContinue reading “Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast”