The Delish Dish (that’s me!) is back at Japp’s Since 1879 this week! Japp’s is hosting a Monster MashUp costume party to raise money for three charitable organizations: Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, the Starfire Council of Cincinnati, and Caricole. I’ll be dishing up Halloween-themed grub—hopefully in costume if all goes right! Stop by and say hi, grab some grub, and get your groove on! Of course, I couldn’t resist serving this Halloween treat!
Let me start by saying: I could eat this dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or brinner. Or brunch.
It’s what you might call a “crossover” meal, as anything with a fried egg can be deemed breakfast OR dinner, at least in my book. (And I’m sure many of you, dear readers, agree).
It’s savory. It’s comforting. It’s satisfying. It’s a big bowl of simple ingredients put together to make something truly special—something worth waking up on Sunday morning just to make. (more…)
Sopa Seca (Mexican Noodle Casserole) October 4, 2012
As the first months of our marriage go by, Doug and I seem to be eating more and more classic Mexican food each week. And it’s not just because Doug has developed what seems to be an endless affinity for the stuff (when we first met 4 years ago, Doug hated Mexican food because he had never had the real deal; now he requests tacos at least once a week). It’s also because I never grow tired of cooking it and sharing it with folks who have never experienced the pleasures of simple, traditional dishes made in homes around Mexico. And recently I got to cook this homey Mexican dish for my longtime friend and neighbor, Matt. (Thanks for stopping by, boy!)
Sopa seca, aka dry soup aka Mexican Noodle Casserole, is something that I’ve mentioned on this blog before. I made it in culinary school once, but this was the first time I’ve had a chance to make it at home, and WOW! I love this version from Saveur. Sopa seca is like the (spicy) Mexican version of noodle soup—it’s filling, comforting, and good for the soul. There’s no meat in it, but you won’t miss it—at least I know we didn’t, and that’s saying something. (more…)
A Sure Crowd Pleaser: Strawberry Dream Cake September 26, 2012
This ain’t no ordinary strawberry cake—no gelatin or food coloring here. This is the real deal: fresh and frozen strawberries combine to make an out-of-this-world cake with genuine, fork-licking strawberry flavor and an incredible strawberry cream cheese frosting.
This isn’t a cake you make for just anyone. This is a cake for celebrations. A cake for someone you truly love and want to show just how much you care. And this past weekend I made this cake with my very dear friend Lauren for our friend Tisha’s bridal shower. (more…)
Glazed Maple-Stout Quick Bread September 20, 2012
The past two weeks have been a blur—a wonderful blur of wedding preparation, enjoyment, and clean up, and a not-so-wonderful blur of post-wedding sickness brought on by too much partying and merrymaking.
What can I say? I’m a really good partier, especially when it comes to my little sister Paige’s wedding! Doesn’t she look beautiful? (more…)
My Biggest Event Yet + Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad September 7, 2012
Hello Dear Readers! Wow these past few weeks have been crazy and crazy fun! Last weekend I catered the biggest event of my career, a 150-person after-wedding party at Neon’s Unplugged in downtown Cincinnati, for my very dear friend Carmen and her now-husband Ben. I love these two so much, it was awesome to be able to feed them and their families the day after their big day! (more…)