The Flying Fork

Peanut Butter Yum Yum Bombs

Generally, I can live without peanut butter, and I can live without chocolate. I know, I know. I'm not normal. Take away my woman card. It's unholy. I get it. However, at holiday time, I get an urge for what I like to call Peanut Butter Yum Yum Bombs, and I have to have one. Just one. Maybe ...

Cute peppermint cocoa jars make great small gift

I have a new(ish) job at The Willow Domestic Violence Center. It is a great transition for me and I get to do fun things mostly about talking to and training willing and amazing volunteers all day long. I like to try to keep those volunteers happy. They work really hard, FOR FREE. Of course, ...

Three fun ways to update the shrimp cocktail

We all love shrimp cocktail, right? Extra spicy/horseradish-y? I don't care if the 1970s called and want their appetizer back — it's delicious. And it's easy and everyone at your party will eat their weight in it. The bonus is that it's even healthy, which is not something we can say for ...

Winter tortellini soup solves sad lunch problems

Soup is so awesome, right? I can make a vat of it for little money, it's warm and soul satisfying, and so easy, particularly when there is a slow cooker involved. I'm so busy these days and packing my own lunch, while financially desirable, is often a real bummer. I have to have things ...

Fried Tofu with Awesome Sauce. It’s not turkey!

The minute Thanksgiving is over, the switch is flipped and I want to start eating things that have spice, color and are the dead opposite of the rich, creamy, salty foods of the holiday. Lately, I've been on a tofu kick. I know, I know. But here's the deal — I fry it. So it's not as ...

The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

I teach informal cooking classes to my friends once in awhile, and recently we decided that we needed to go over some Thanksgiving basics before the big event occurred. One friend is newly married and one is visiting her fairly new boyfriend's family for the holiday, and both wanted to ...

Individual beef pot pies are fun fall fare

Apparently I should write a whole book on "Creative Ways to Use Up a Roast" because lately it's been happening often. I buy a roast or two on sale, slow cook them, and then eat them for days, trying desperately to reinvent them into new dishes so we don't all die of food boredom. Recently, I ...

Warm kale salad makes for great winter fare

As the weather cools and we look to comfort foods and slow cookers, I start to worry (more than usual, which is rather a lot) about my winter pounds. How can I get that satisfying, warm comfort food feeling without eating my way through mac and cheese and roast beef and pasta with sauce every ...

Candy corn makes a cute cookie

Candy corn has the worst rap. Of all the Halloween candies, it is up there with Bit-O-Honey for most reviled seasonal treat. But I seriously don't get it. I love the stuff, particularly when it's mixed up with peanuts or other salty goodness. My kids love it too, bless their hearts. I ...

Green tea makes pork chops flavorful and unique

Pork chops, while delicious, often end up either really boring or REALLY fattening. I mean, I love a breaded and fried chop with gravy and taters as much as the next person, but we can't be eating like that more than, say, once a year, right? So in an effort to make juicy, flavorful pork ...

Ramen bowls with crispy beef make a quick and satisfying dinner

Ramen: the college student's best friend. I actually went all the way through college not having once even tried ramen. I just couldn't bring myself to do it as the idea sounded repulsive. Also, it hadn't occurred to me at that point that I could probably dress up the 10-cent dinner into ...

Brussels sprouts for grown-ups

We all agree that we like Brussels sprouts now, right? I mean, growing up I never saw one, let alone ate one, and they were the fabled vegetable served by witches or those otherwise meaning to do harm to children, right? But it turns out that they're quite good. Awesome, even. I've learned ...

Avocado chicken salad a refreshing twist on an old favorite

Lately, my family has been eating rather a lot of chicken. The price of beef is part of the driver for that, but I've also found that my children like chicken, and I can often buy fairly large quantities of it on sale. The problem, though, is often in the quantity. If I buy a "family pack" ...

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese: This is not your mama’s sandwich

No one in my house is a big fan of sandwiches. Traditional sandwiches are boring, cold, sometimes slimy, and reminiscent of grade school lunch boxes. So when I say we're having sandwiches for dinner, you better believe it's not gonna be two slices of white bread with cheap cold cuts and ...

Life’s a peach, so make some shortcakes

Who said all shortcake had to be topped with strawberries? It turns out, my kids aren't huge fans of strawberries — something to do with the seeds. This made me sad, because I have fond memories of strawberry shortcake all summer long when I was growing up. Often, it was my job to make ...

Local salsa and a simple margarita add up to a quick patio party

So, I'm taking the Farm Fresh Challenge. Are you? This nifty program is designed to encourage us all to shop for local foods and eat a little bit more healthy (and locally) than maybe we were before. It's not always easy for me to do. I'll admit to finding it hard to make it to the farmers ...

Cooling off with a cucumber salad, cocktail

If you don't have a garden, you probably know someone who does who's got cucumbers coming out of their ears. I promise. 'Tis the season. I have a friend or co worker hand me a big beauty almost every day. What to do with all these cukes? I mean, dice them on a salad, sure. Dip them in ranch ...

Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen or garden. I also like to avoid turning on the oven, but when the heat index is over 100 degrees, sometimes indoor cooking is a necessity. When ...

Pork Crostini with corn relish fancy fare for summer

In the summer, when food revolves around salads and grills and fresh vegetables, I often forgo things that seem fancy or fussy. We eat whole foods that don't require much in the way of chopping, or even turning on the oven. But I am also interested in using up every shred of food in my ...

Fast frittata makes great breakfast for dinner

A frittata is basically a crustless quiche. I make them often because it's a quick way to make a nice breakfast for several people, or to make a dinner out of really inexpensive ingredients. They are great for "refrigerator cleanout" because you can add whatever veggies or meat or cheese ...