Author Archives: Cookinfanatic

BBQ Sweet Corn, Zucchini & Black Beans w/ Chili-Spiced Flounder

This idea was inspired by a birthday visit over the winter from a long-time college friend, who whipped up a mixture of beans, bbq sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and who knows what else that ended up in a most fabulous chip dip…

bbq salsa

I figured that this time perhaps I’d take a more southwestern spin on things and add in some sweet corn, zucchini, & fresh cilantro, making it a medley of sorts perfect for chip dipping but also as a lovely bbq bed to rest some chili-spiced fish! :)

bbq fish

This is super easy and if you’re on a bbq sauce kick like I apparently am, super satisfying. And hey, it’s super satisfying even if you aren’t too :P


Blue Apron: Food Made Easy

This past week I was excited to be given the opportunity to give Blue Apron a try, thanks to a recommendation and the generosity of a friend who raves about the service!

Ingredients for 3 full recipes…

Delivered to my doorstep…

And based on my food preferences…

Now I can get with that :)

Blue Apron delivery

Delivery day and food preferences all up to me, then Blue Apron does the rest!!  

Once dropped on my doorstep, everything to make the chicken, seafood, & vegetarian dishes as selected came beautifully labeled and organized, all in the exact amounts that I would need!

Blue Apron ingredients

Now we all know that I’m not big on recipe following. Never been my style. But after what has been a few crazy work weeks and a past weekend spent out of town, my brain was more than ready for an easy work week meal plan…

Thanks Blue Apron  ;)


Instructions. Ingredients. Good to go here!


To put together this Chicken, Baby Artichoke, and Spinach Casserole with Gouda Béchamel there was just a little bit of washing and chopping…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

Some sautéing…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

Béchamel making…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

And baking!

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

I wasn’t sure how much I’d rave about these recipes but I have to say that overall, after the first go-run, I was beyond pleased with how this dish turned out!!

It took some time to prep, but nothing that wasn’t manageable even after a 10 hour day at work :)

And y’all, seriously, this garlic gouda cheese sauce spiced with a touch of paprika could probably be poured over anything and make it a million times more delicious. Just sayin… it was really freakin’ good!!

I still have two dishes left to give a try and am looking forward to them both, as they are both right up my food alley…

Ginger-Soy Glazed Salmon w/ Broccoli Rabe and Soba Noodles

Blue Apron Ginger Soy Glaxed Salmon
Photo courtesy of Blue Apron

Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Stewed White Beans, Gremolata, & Brussels Sprouts

Photo courtesy of Blue Apron

Overall I have to say that I would definitely consider giving Blue Apron another go based on my experience.

For those that have limited time but still enjoy the comfort of a home cooked meal, I think this offers a great option for a great price!

Do tell, have you ever tried a food delivery service before?

DC Weekend Eats: Crab Tator Tots & Kimchi Tacos

After a most lovely weekend spent in DC, I thought I’d share some of the delicious eats that were had since they were just that good!!

Even if it may have seemed to be the polar vortex compared to the shorts weather I left just down the road Friday ;)

Dinner at Lincoln Restaurant DC. Loved the atmosphere, I mean how cute are these mason jar lights???


And they had a floor made from pennies! Oh yea, plus the food was pretty darn good too :)

Take these Maryland crab tator tots with Old Bay aoili. Which were served piping hot and delicious…


And although still a runner up to my favorite short rib anything of all time…


These slow braised short ribs w/ grits were pretty darn tasty too!

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But nothing. Nothing. Compared to the local spring risotto. Which, with the addition of smoked gouda and a honey tomato jam, tasted like the most creamy decadant delicious bacon breakfast ever. Like ever.

If you go here you must. I repeat must. Try this dish!!

Too bad we didn’t demolish it before a pic was had… *sigh*

Then there was the stop into Union Market DC. A whole indoor mecca of delicious food vendors and shops. Oh the delight!!!

We chose to give TaKorean a try (along with the rest of the building…haha) And soon found out why the line was so long, these were super tasty!!

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Line up: Bulgogi steak, tangy chicken, caramelized tofu.

Topped with either a spicy kimchi or napa romaine slaw.

Plus cilantro, lime crema and sriracha.

I MEAN. How can you go wrong?!

And speaking of kimchi

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So.Much.Kimchi!!!  Alltheflavors.

It reminded me of that time that Brittany, Chef Jesse and myself tried our hand at making our own version at home! Which was actually the topic of convo as these tacos were being consumed :)


I also gave this new-to-me spice blend a try and fell in LOVE.

Dukkah. From All Things Olive. This version a mix of white sesame seeds, pistachios, hazelnuts, coriander, cumin, peppermint. I know, right?!

Just a nice piece of bread and a quick dip into some olive oil as the vehicle is all ya need. This spice mix just blew my mind. Loved it and can’t wait to experiment with it in the kitchen :)

So yes. Lots of eats were had. And some delicious memories made.

Do share, what’s your favorite DC spot? I love to have new places to try when I visit there!