I honor of the Olympic closing ceremonies in Sochi, I decided to make the most American dish I know … buffalo chicken dip! It’s the epitome of everything American. It stares down the country’s most popular bar food and asks, “how do I make this better?” It doesn’t settle for just being great, it strives to reach excellence. And in this case, excellence is achieve with a block of cream cheese and pre-canned chicken.
Plus this dips is smooth yet packs a punch. I know, the American similarities are frightening.
If you want to bid farewell to the Olympics is style, why not grab a group of friend and chow down on some buffalo chicken dip.
All-American Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe
Yet again, my food loving-boyfriend and I are making dinner together this Valentine’s Day. Last year we made butternut squash soup, mushroom risotto, and grilled salmon. Never ones to settle, this year’s menu consists of bacon wrapped dates, mushroom and scallop linguine, and a super secret surprise dessert.
This year we decided to make our dinner together, but he plans to surprise with a specialty cocktail and I plan to surprise him with an ultimate Valentine’s Day dessert. The problem is that I want to share my decadent dessert recipe with you without him discovering what I’m preparing.
That said, I already warned him not to read my blog, but I have a sneaking suspicion he’ll check it out anyway.
Boyfriend — If you are reading this, this is your last chance to turn away. Go watch soccer or something.
For everyone else, here’s my sexy Valentine’s Day dessert recipe
Super Bowl XLVIII is almost upon us. If you’re not a Seahawks or Broncos fan, that means you’re spending your time focusing on one thing — Super Bowl food. I’m not a huge football fan, but I am a huge food fan (if you haven’t already guessed). That means this Sunday gives me yet another reason to create and consume mounds of delectable goodies.
I was attempting to finalize this weekend’s menu when I found myself scrolling through some of my own Cooking On Empty recipes. To my surprise, I have a lot a dishes that would be perfect for an easy, cheap, and delicious Super Bowl party. To make it easier, I’ve complied them all in one place.
Here are the top five Cooking On Empty dishes for the perfect Super Bowl party.
5. Super Bowl Sunday White Sangria
I recently took a knife skills class and like any good educational experience, it inspired me to dice. Dicing is the term for cutting food into small 1/4 inch squares.
Dicing is a rarity in my cooking repertoire. There are very few times I must summon my dicing skills with dinner go-tos like baked chicken and fish tacos. So, I had to pick the right recipe to practice my new craft. In an effort to continue my education, I pulled out a pound of potatoes and began dicing.
After completing my potato-cutting marathon, I decided to make the one dish where diced potatoes are the star — home fries.
Diced Potato, Leek, and Pepper Hash Recipe
Ingredients: (Serves 6-8)
- 6 potatoes (diced)
- 1 bell pepper (diced)
- 1 leek (diced)
- 6 strips of bacon (chopped)
- Light beer
- Salt and pepper to taste
I’m a panang curry fiend! Ever since I tried the dish four years ago, it’s been my go to order at every Thai restaurant. The problem is that not all panang curries are equally delicious. I’ve cried through devilishly spicy panang, pouted through watery panang, and choked down panang served over canned green beans. But every once in a while I order a panang that perfectly combines coconut milk with curry powder for a heavenly sweet, spicy, and creamy dish.
Since I’ve yet to find a good panang within a five hour drive, I’ve resorted to attempting the dish on my own. I recently stumbled across a lighter recipe that was too good not to share.
Here’s my one-dish, winter panang curry.
Winter storm Hercules just bombarded the northeast with the wrath of a Greek god, leaving millions already wishing for summer. While we’re still bracing for some cold months ahead, it doesn’t mean we can’t pretend it’s summer — at least with our food choices.
Nothing reminds me of summer more than a colorful pasta salad. Millions of iterations of this dish exist, but I prefer to keep my pasta salad simple. All you need are some veggies and left over pasta.
Here’s my summer pasta salad recipe that’ll cure the winter blues.
Summer Pasta Salad Recipe
Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)
- Italian dressing
- 1 box of cooked pasta (any shape)
- 2 carrots
- 1 green pepper
- 10 wax beans
- 1 small tomato
- 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
In my family, food defines holidays. Butcher-made hot dogs reign on the Fourth of July. Red beat eggs take over Easter. And Thanksgiving’s solidified by Nana and Pop Pop’s home-made mashed potatoes. But no holiday compares to the food fest known as Christmas.
Christmas isn’t marked by a single food or even a traditional dish. Instead, it’s comprised of all of the favorites, no matter how strangely they pair together.
Christmas Eve breakfast — 9:00 a.m.
It all starts with Christmas Eve breakfast. Every Christmas Eve my family wakes up and heads down to Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. If you haven’t been there, it’s a mecca for food lovers, boasting everything from Amish shoofly pie to an oyster bar.
While the market houses to two diners and a hand-rolled doughnut shop, my family loves to start the morning right with a warm rotisserie chicken, washed down with fresh-squeezed orange juice. The combination has no right making sense, but it does.
Next, we divide and conquer, scouring the market for our yearly stands. I typically head up collecting gyros (pronounced YEE-rows for those non-Greeks) and an assortment of cheeses mostly consisting of Gouda.