15-Minute Savory Vegan Beef Tacos

As much as I love spending time creating in the kitchen, I simply don’t have time these days to explore as much as I’d like to. What happens to your diet when you don’t have time? Some might resort to fast food. Some might befriend their neighborhood vending machine. Some might eat copious amounts of…

Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

A real thing that happened recently, while planning a Friendsgiving: Friend: “We still need someone to make mashed potatoes and gravy…” Me: “Ooh I could do it! I could make vegan mashed potatoes and gravy!” *collective “uhhh” around the room and frowns of disgust* So apparently I’ve been living around such a bubble of tree-hugging millennials that I…

Chocolate Biscotti

  Those Italians are culinary geniuses. This chocolate biscotti is so good. I’m addicted.  Stating the obvious aside, this biscotti is so good.  Also, those Italians are culinary geniuses and I’m addicted. If you’ve never made biscotti, now is your chance. I always thought biscotti was complicated just because it was so classy. You can imagine…

Vanilla Crème Brioche

Because this brioche is absolutely delicious. Because it’s buttery and flaky and soft and pillowy and golden and aromatic. Because vanilla cream is more delicious when it’s spelled vanilla crème. The bottom line is, this is so so so good. Don’t be afraid of the butter. This is French cooking, and you know the French…

Actually Healthy Greek Yogurt Potato Salad

What’s the secret ingredient in this little potato salad? Well, sit down, kids, and let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there lived a Potato. Now, this Potato was a kind and easy-going fellow, and he easily made friends with some other little foods. Some of his friends were bad apples, though….

Current Obsession: PB2

The three certainties in life are death, taxes, and the universal human experience of spooning peanut butter straight from the jar at 1:00am. And although peanut butter is “healthy” to people with self control (read: no one), it still has a lot of saturated fats and unnecessary calories. Which is why PB2 is so amazing –…

30-Minute Spiced Chicken Thighs

You probably know chicken. You probably know it’s easy to make, it’s always savory, and it’s… I don’t know. Do you need more reasons? While I’ve been mostly vegetarian/vegan, I do enjoy some nice, responsibly-raised chicken once in a while. I usually go for the chicken breasts (lean and mean) — but chicken thighs are…

Simply Crispy Asparagus

I was really excited about having my own apartment kitchen this year, but then I realized something: I actually don’t eat a lot. For example, one day I raided the bulk foods section of my local grocery store. Among my digs: precisely $0.21 worth of black rice. Not that I counted the grains, but there were 132 of…

Molten Chocolate Cobbler

Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. I have found heaven and nirvana and that gold watch I lost two years ago. The bliss you experience with this cobbler is greater than any bliss you have ever experienced. That is no exaggeration.  I’m not lying. I’m still not lying. It’s not opposite day….

Baked & Breaded Fish Fillets

  Don’t get me wrong, I love my deep-fried fish fillets—preferably wedged between two sides of a warm and soft taco shell, embedded between a sprinkling of vibrant vegetables and topped with some form of zesty sauce.  But we can’t always have what we want. Sometimes we have to (try to be) somewhat (kind of) healthy…

Simple Onion and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

Hey. Yes. I’m back. Back for the summer, back from my nine-month stint in the Kitchenless Dorm Corps, ready to take on the greatest recipes and thrillingest adventures. Because who wants to see me make a donut the size of my head?? (Inner voice: Meeee!) But before we go on our grand foodie journeys together,…

Try This: Easier Hard-Boiled Eggs

Have you been overcomplicating hard-boiled eggs? Probably. At first I thought Martha Stewart’s recipe was complicated just because she’s Martha Stewart. But then I found other recipes that called for the same kind of method: cover the eggs with one inch of water, leave on stove for exactly this many minutes, drain carefully, la la…

Savory Oatmeal

You’ve probably figured out by now that I like switching things up. So when the idea came to me to rethink one of my breakfast favorites — oatmeal — I jumped on it.  Literally. And I instantly regretted it. Anyway, savory oatmeal.  What? You might ask. What is this madness? But think about it. Sometimes…

20-Minute Lentil Soup

Ah, is there a food as comforting as soup? Warm, savory, aromatic. The perfect adieu dish for a cold cold winter that is soon to be over (tomorrow, in fact!).  The problem with soup is that it’s often unhealthy. Now, I’m certainly not opposed to the occasional splurge on cheese and butter and sugar, but soup is one…

Rosemary Cheese Bread

Carbs are delicious. Especially when they’re in the form of an imperfectly-formed, warm loaf of bread, inside of a crinkly and obnoxious paper bag fresh from the bakery. When it’s crispy and chewy on the outside, and moist and fluffy on the inside. When the dough has been aged just the right amount, giving it…

Easy One-Step Pumpkin Cake

It’s perfect timing, really. Now that Thanksgiving and the holidays are over, it’s high time to load up on some of those delicious grocery store sales. You know: the $1 festive cake mix, the 50¢ box of candy canes. This time, though, it was the $1.24 canned pumpkin that caught my eye. And then I wondered…

Scrumptious Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

Do you fear the muffin man? I used to. But these simple little muffins changed everything. Now, you might recall that in the Kitchen Cici episode “Seriously Amazing Blueberry Muffins,” there were quite a few careful steps. I mean, those amazing blueberry muffins took some real deep-seafood-fried cooking patience. I have no idea what I just said….

Savory Profiteroles

The perfect appetizer, the cutest little bundle of joy, a savory-delicious mid-afternoon snack. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you: a savory take on the classic chocolate-and-whipped-cream French profiteroles. These are inspired by stuffed mushrooms, but they come with a bit more novelty than their American fungus counterparts.  These are fantastic made just for…

Sweet ‘n Buttery Carrots

What can you do when you wake up one day and find that 6 pounds of carrots have found their way into your fridge? Well, you could make carrot muffins, carrot cake, and carrot soup, but that will only get you so far. What you need to do is eat straight carrot. I’m sorry, there…

10-Minute Breakfast Platter

Scrumptious. Filling. Balanced. This is the perfect breakfast if you’re looking for something warm and decent 20 minutes before you must leave the house. As much as I love Cheerios, I simply can’t eat it every day.  Okay that’s a lie.  But let’s not talk about my addictions.  Quick Breakfast Platter Ingredients 2 strips bacon…

Quick Caramel Pastries

This is so decadent yet so simple, I’m literally speechless. Which is why I’m literally still talking. But humor me for a second and close your eyes and just imagine. Delicious, golden-brown sweetness. Glorious, warm-and-sticky caramel. It’s like all of your sweet pastry dreams in one fantastic breakfast pastry. Now open your eyes. Ignore the paradoxical nature…

Commentary Cici: Souped-up Soup

When I hear the word “chicken noodle soup,” I have one reaction: let me eat it. That was particularly true last week when I experienced my first college illness. I desperately wanted chicken noodle soup, but my options were limited to Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, both of which contained literally…

Lighter Hummus (without tahini)

I’m all about that olive oil, but I’m not about it enough to pour loads of it casually into my chickpeas. In this kitchen, hazelnuts are not to be distorted into sugary chocolate butter. Cocoa is not to be contorted into a barely-recognizable ganache butter. And chickpeas are not to be maimed into an oily…

Seriously Amazing Blueberry Muffins

If you’re going to save one muffin recipe, let this be it. Okay, that doesn’t quite cover my excitement. Hold on. (OH HEAVEN THESE ARE THE BEST MUFFINS I’VE EVER MADE NOM NOM NOM OH NO I JUST ATE THREE MUFFINS AND NOW I HAVE TO MAKE MORE GAH MUFFINS MUFFINS MUFFINS THEY’RE LIKE FINS…

Sweet & Tangy Blueberry Jam

If you’ve been buying store-bought jam, you’ve been missing out.  Real blueberry jam is so ridiculously easy, you could make it every morning to go with your bagel, and then every afternoon to go with your PB&J.  Seriously. Stop buying the jar stuff. It’s filled with weird ingredients, preservatives, and heaping amounts of sugar.  Don’t…

Super Savory “Pancakes”

Flaky, savory, salty, and a little crunchy. You must try these. In Chinese, they’re called cong you bing, literally “Scallion oil pancake.” They look like pancakes, but they’re definitely not. Besides, looks don’t mean a thing in my kitchen. I wear ugly t-shirts on a daily basis. They’re a classic Chinese food, a snack flexible…

Asian-Inspired Guacamole

I’ve been eating this stuff for years, and I didn’t know it was guacamole. In our house, we just called it “avocado salad.” In our house, we ate it as a side dish. We ate it straight. On toast. On crackers. On cold spoons. Under the table. Inside the chicken coop. Upside down. Underwater. What.  We…

Delicious Steamed Eggs

Eggs are amazing, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes you run out of stuff to do with them in the mornings. You’ve scrambled them, fried them, baked them, omeletted them. You need something else in your life. Something Asian-inspired. Kinda savory, kinda salty. Me. Ha! No. You need these … Asian Steamed Eggs Taste &…

Asian Sweet Bread & Mung Bean Filling

Have you been to a high-end Chinese bakery before? It goes like this:  An attendant in uniform greets you as you walk in. There is a very subtle sweet smell. Everything is kept behind polished glass, arranged neatly on gleaming smooth shelves. You won’t find a sugar overload here; subtle is key. When they say “No…

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Syrup

Oh. My. Goodness. Throw out your corn syrup. Throw out your heavy whipping cream. Throw out your condensed milk. Forget it all. Today is the day that we found out chocolate syrup is just “chocolate + liquid.” And today, that liquid was good old, regular 2% milk. Here’s the story of how I came across…