Amazing Corn Chowder

soup and breadI’ve had a bag of frozen corn in my tiny freezer for two months. This is unacceptable because the freezer is tiny and if it is full of corn, there isn’t any room for ice cream. I have my priorities.

I bought the corn when I made barley succotash and I’ve had the leftover bag ever since. When I need to add a vegetable for dinner, I often tell myself I’ll just heat up the corn, but I never do. I like corn on the cob, corn bread, and corn in things. But plain corn on the side isn’t very interesting to me and so the bag languished in the freezer.  Continue reading


Barley Succotash

IMG_0425[1]It’s been hot here, although I think the temperature is finally going to break today. I know I shouldn’t complain about the weather. It’s only been in the high 20’s. Crazy I know what that means right? It’s about high 70’s, low 80’s.

You’re probably reading this thinking, um, Mariel, that’s not hot. I know – I know, I just moved from DC where it’s hotter than hell. In DC low 80’s would feel like a wonderful cold front because summer is usually 100° with about a million percent humidity. But the thing is, high 70’s is hot here because air conditioning isn’t so much a thing here. Our flat doesn’t have air conditioning, the library doesn’t have air conditioning, and when you walk down the street you never pass a store and feel the cold blast of AC. We got a fan and that helps a ton. Continue reading

Sugar Cookies & Vacation Recap

Last week I was in Stone Harbor, NJ. Ryan’s family has been going with four other families, every year, for over a decade. It’s pretty flipping amazing and awesome. All week there is so much laughing and handing out. And even though we don’t always see everyone a ton during the year, that week at the beach it’s like time hasn’t passed. It was a blast to sit on the beach, splash around in the water, and just hang out. And of course, there’s lots of good eating.

We started out the week by cooking for our family. Ryan and I made pasta with shrimp and scallops in a white wine sauce. Sounds delicious right? And luckily our family is super nice, and told us that it was delicious. But, in our opinion it was mediocre. Cooking in a rental kitchen is hard folks! It took half an hour to boil water for pasta, we had to chop with a steak knife, and we set off the fire alarm. Everything tasted fine, it just didn’t come out exactly right and so we were disappointed. But after that comic disaster our meals greatly improved. If you’re ever in Stone Harbor here are my recommendations for some places to eat. Continue reading

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

When I think of a new recipe to make for dinner, I want it to be something that 1.) helps get us to eat our veggies 2.) is something Ryan will like and 3.) is sort of fancy but not too hard to do after work. This recipe was a great choice. It’s delicious, not too complicated, and looks impressive on the table if you serve it to guests. Continue reading