Fat Kid Friday Feature: Desert Rose in Media, PA – A Review

Yesterday, Earth & State posted on their Facebook wall that Media’s newest eatery, Desert Rose, had opened for business. I took a walk down there this morning to pick up a menu in the hopes that I could order lunch with a few friends later. When I got there, all I saw was a menu…

Deconstructed Chicken Soup with Applewood Smoked Bacon

For the sake of argument, we’re going to pretend like it’s winter here in Media. Anyone who lives in or has visited Pennsylvania or New Jersey this winter knows that we haven’t had anything remotely close to winter weather in a while. There was a freak snow shower on Halloween, but was the worst of…

Caramelized Shallot & Chicken Pizza on Lavash

I was wandering through Whole Foods the other day and I stumbled upon this shallot: For those of you who may not be familiar with shallots, know that the are usually very small. Until I found this beauty, I’d never seen one longer than two inches. This honker was a little over 5 inches long…

Quick Red Beans & Rice

This is the quickest red beans and rice recipe you will ever make. This is one of those dishes you make when you don’t feel like cooking. Last night, I didn’t feel like cooking nor was anyone scheduled to come cook for me, so I had to do it. I took a quick inventory of…

Naked Stir Fry

      It always baffles me when people tell me they are intimidated by the stir fry. I am not sure what it means or where the term originated, but I will be looking up the etymology after I am finished with this post. To me, a stir fry is the easiest and quickest…

Indian Spiced Vegan Collard Greens

I went to Linvilla Orchards today to get some vegetables and to take in the sights. Linvilla is in Media, but on the other end of where I live. To get there, one must take a long and winding road up (or down?) the side of a steep mountain side. I’m sure it’s not a…

Chicken Sunday: Spinach Curry with Chicken

This Sunday’s chicken Sunday recipe was adapted from the one by Anjum Anand of the Cooking Channel’s Indian Food Made Easy. My mom came to visit today and I was so happy to have someone to cook for. This dish is so yummy. It’s bright green, but it doesn’t taste anything like spinach! Instead, it…

Mung Beans and Short Grain Brown Rice

My mom is pretty amazing. She has super cable and I don’t and she records cooking shows for us to watch together when I come visit. One of my favorite new cooking shows is Indian Food Made Easy with Anjum Anand. I love the food she makes, though she can be a bit cross with…

Indian Spiced Rice Bowl

Last week, I started teaching college freshman at the University level. I assigned “Indian Takeout” by Jhumpa Lahiri as their first reading. I selected it because I love to cook and because I long to go to India. I told them this along with a story of an Indian girl I met when I was…

Spinach and Barley Tabouleh

This is my take on a classic Mediterranean cold salad that I enjoy thoroughly. It is usually made with cracked wheat (bulgar), but I didn’t have any. Also, this recipe usually calls for a lot of parsley. I didn’t have a lot of parsley, but I had a lot of mint and spinach so I…

Spanish Tortilla

This is a traditional Spanish recipe that is composed of three simple ingredients. In Spain, a tortilla is not a piece of flattened bread, but something more of a massive omelette. It’s delicious and filling. You can add more than just the three ingredients, but I like it as is. I had a roommate who…

Scottish Potato Soup

I was planning to make potato leek soup last week; however, I had a crazy couple of days and the leeks didn’t survive!  Thankfully both potatoes and carrots have a very long shelf life, and thus my Scottish Potato Soup was born.  I honestly don’t know how I know what Scottish potatoes are – my…