The Flying Fork

Tomato soup brings a little summer to December

Last summer, when my tomato plants were rife with fruit, I followed a friend's advice and blanched and peeled about a bushel to freeze. Canning, it turns out, is a bit fussy for me. I can toss some stuff in a freezer bag like nobody's business though. And then I promptly forgot about the ...

Mac and cheese with a secret ingredient

I got really inspired by the sweet potato fries I made last week, and I've been rocking the sweet potatoes ever since. I have to be careful, though, because my sweet potato-hating family will not go for obvious recipes, and I hate most sweet recipes anyway, so I shy away from things that have ...

Cheesy gougeres for Thanksgiving gorging

One thing I do love about Thanksgiving is the bread. There is always a steaming pile of amazing dinner rolls, a crusty loaf, some baguette — whatever, I love it. I think I have come to love bread even more since I have made a long-term attempt to curb my carbs. But on Thanksgiving, I ...

Thanksgiving step No. 2: Ditch the boring sides with sweet potato fries

I realize I'm in the minority, but I do not get excited about Thanksgiving food. I can live forever without another piece of pumpkin pie. I detest Cool Whip. All the food seems sort of mushy and brown and, well, boring. To Thanksgiving traditionalists (I'M TALKING TO YOU, MR. MEAT AND ...

Thanksgiving step No. 1: Brie and pears

So let's talk about Thanksgiving. I've always admitted that it's not my favorite kind of food. I'm not into turkey, and all of the food is too brown and too rich for my tastes. But my family is not ready to let me make lasagna for Thanksgiving, so I soldier on with most of the ...

Kansas food: Chili and cinnamon rolls

If you're from Kansas, you may remember eating chili and cinnamon rolls at school lunch. For me, it was one of the few school lunches I would eat. My poor, long-suffering mother had to pack my lunch nearly every day of my public-school-going life because I was spoiled and picky, and beef ...

Veggie-ALE beef soup

There is nothing like cracking open a beer at 7:15 in the morning. On a Wednesday. And while I may or may not have done just that with the express purpose of consuming said beer in my younger and more exciting days, I still get pretty excited about it even if I'm just going to pour it into a ...

Meatball Wednesday? It’s going to be a thing

If Meatless Monday is a thing, then I see no reason I can't make Meatball Wednesday a thing as well. Because much as I am game to have a meatless meal once a week, I am extremely fond of meatballs. I don't know what it is. I mean, I know that cheeseburgers are probably my guilty pleasure ...

Shrimp tortellini for the girlfriends

When my husband leaves or is out for an evening, I make girly food and invite my friends over. Sometimes this looks like piles of fruit, cheese, crackers and snacks. Sometimes it looks like things with mushrooms or things that are meatless. Recently, it looked like tortellini in wine sauce ...

Late-summer veggie soft tacos

We are on a constant quest to use up the summer's bounty that graces our counters. I recently told a friend that I felt bad that some squashes were "languishing" in my fruit and veggie bowl, and vowed to not let it happen again. I'm tossing tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis, onions and corn into ...

Popper chicken a paleo starting point

I'm not saying I'm going Paleo. I'm not even saying I know what Paleo is. But I am saying that I've known for a long time that for many of us, particularly me, carbs = unsightly bulges that grow and grow. This does not often deter me because tortellini. Pizza crust. Homemade crusty bread and ...

Turkey Taco Burger

I am using ground turkey more and more in my cooking, but I'll be honest: I have to be fairly creative about it. Mr. Meat and Potatoes and his progeny are getting better at knowing when I've sneakily subbed turkey for their precious ground beef. The best applications for us are ones wherein the ...

Lamb chops, who knew?

I've been in a cooking rut for oh, say, four years. Part of that is my fault and is directly linked to "I am too tired to try very hard" after work and part of it is linked to "I am tired of making things my family will not eat or even try." But even the laziest cooks eventually need a little ...

Mashed potato-stuffed red peppers: grilling renewed

Summer is not over, people. You might be feeling a bit "grill fatigued" at this point, but there are new things to do on your outdoor stove. Or, at least, they were new things to me. My neighbors do a great job of bringing exciting new things to my attention every summer as we try to get ...

Chili gravy: a love letter

Dear Chili Gravy, I love you. Love, Megan I have published a lot of enchilada recipes over the years, and I'm not ashamed of it. I really love enchiladas. I always order them when I go to Mexican restaurants, even though that's boring. I am a connoisseur of enchiladas. I am ...

Kebabs perfect for dinner parties

When we moved into our neighborhood, we were so lucky to have a nest of people around us who were already friends or who easily became friends in the first five minutes. We treasure those relationships, as will our kids for the many years we remain in the "Stone Buffalo" neighborhood. ...

Friends with benefits, or how I got to roast a leg of lamb

I know the very best people. I know you think you do, but you're wrong. Because I do. So there. So, one of the people I know that falls into that "best" category is my friend Lynnette. And Lynnette just happens to be the daughter of some more "best" people: Tom and Gail Sloan. As in ...

Summer on a plate: strawberry and kale salad

This is summer. This is what it should taste like: Fresh, bright but a little earthy, too. Food that is meant to be eaten outside, in the sunshine, next to a body of water. A beloved neighbor recently moved across town, far away from us, so we had a little goodbye dinner in the backyard ...

Cooking by the book

So, it turns out I'm not very organized at home. I am so organized at work, but all of those skills get used up there and the home life gets the dregs at the bottom of the organizational barrel. At least, that is what I'm telling myself. Recently, I paid a friend of mine to come do some ...

Nice day for white wedding cupcakes

I have now, twice in my life, made over 200 cupcakes at one time. Apparently making 200 cupcakes is a service I offer. I am not a great baker. I have never claimed to be a great baker. But somehow, I find myself in this place with increasing frequency. Next up: I'll be making 200 cake balls ...