Black Bean, Pepper, and Corn Enchiladas

Enchiladas make me question why burritos exist. Burritos are just too-big enchiladas lacking sauce and cheese, and yet we flock to Chipotle like it’s giving away free guacamole. Burritos do offer greater mobility, but how often have you seen someone eating a burrito while rushing to their next appointment? I can only imagine that would result in a stained shirt and a troubled digestive-system.… Read the rest

Black Bean Soup, or, an Ode to Sour Cream

Sour Cream. A delicacy of which I am unworthy.  You, Fermented Miracle, transcend culinary fantasies as you skip and slip over tantalized taste buds. Managing to destroy all boundaries between sweet and savory, you lay your head on the shoulders of fruit and vegetable, of dinner and dessert. Bacterial Marvel, what else can I say about your beauty, your bite, your cold perfection?… Read the rest

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

I will take any excuse to eat a large amount of cheese and my current excuse is Caprese Salad. Besides mozzarella, this salad also features tomatoes and basil, meaning you can flaunt it as a healthy meal to that coworker who is literally always drinking a green smoothie. If you don’t need to one-up a colleague, you can serve this recipe on some ciabatta bread for a no-fork-necessary-but-probably-napkins-needed delight.… Read the rest

Battle of the Veggie Burgers: Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Burger vs. Trader Joe’s Masala Burger

Frozen veggie burgers: the reason that vegetarians are still invited to and ridiculed at barbecues. These prepackaged patties are the ultimate vegetarian convenience food (besides, like, actual vegetables). Sometimes they attempt to replicate meat with mystery ingredients, other times they are just a hodgepodge of beans and grains smashed together. Veggie burgers are one of the most mainstream meat alternatives and as a result there are thousands of options to choose from.… Read the rest

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

What is art? This question has been discussed since humans developed the ability to win an argument and then bring it up slyly for the next forty years. There is, of course, no right answer, but people love to make the distinction. It’s not enough that we have the capacity to paint, but we have the capacity to say that another person’s painting looks like it was made by their four year old German Shepard.… Read the rest