Crawfish Etouffee

Y’all. I’m sorry. The entire month of April was consumed by a flurry of 7-day work weeks and long nights. But in the sage words of the Backstreet Boys, “Backstreet’s back, all right.” And here I am, though I’m less blonde and substantially more female. I’m back to meal planning, too, or at least I…

Cold Steak and Vegetables

Surprising entirely no one, kids are expensive. So while we don’t often eat red meat, one of my favorite weeknight dinners when it’s hot outside is a cold, thin-sliced filet alongside some cold, roasted vegetables. When I find tenderloin filet on megacrazycheap special at the grocery store, I’ll often stand there and debate a nice…

From ragout to popcorn

I had planned to make a  mushroom ragout to top our leftover polenta last night. I had great intentions. But a live wire caught the outside of our house on fire, and, well, we ate popcorn and cheese for dinner. THIS IS FINE.

Leftover Short Ribs to Taco Tuesday

My husband loves tacos more than just about anything in the world, and Taco Tuesday is a very real phenomenon in our household. Our kids love quesadillas with homemade refried beans and shredded monterey jack, and we indulge in slightly fancier tacos. We have 6 leftover short ribs, which are perfect for quick tacos. Here’s…

Instant Pot Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs

When I was describing this meal on Twitter yesterday, my phone kept autocorrecting braised to braided, earning me a ton of French braid jokes. I can laugh, though, because I’m the one who got to eat this.

Reuben Eggrolls

New Orleans’ Irish Channel parade is legendary, and so, too, is my love of hygienically questionable cabbages being lobbed off floats by people who have been drinking for 6 hours. Our friends host a house party each year near the parade route, and my job is to bring reuben eggrolls. They’re ridiculously easy, and a…