Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Beef and Jasmine Rice

Years ago (seriously YEARS ago), I took horseback riding lessons in the evening. My mom was still at work so my grandmother would take me and I’d have dinner at her house afterwards. She would make these great meatballs with rice and tomato sauce called Porcupine Meatballs. That was her go-to dinner since she could […]

Korean Beef Soup (AKA Bulgogi)

When I was little, I used to watch a bunch of cooking shows on PBS when I was at my grandmother’s. Do you remember any of those? I’m not even sure they still have them. One of the more fascinating ones was Yan Can Cook. Yan would fling knives around while chopping and dicing. His […]

Steak and Eggs with Grilled Green Onion Salad

OK, confession time in the Quest House. I got a question the other night about how I decide how much of this and that to use in the recipes I throw together. I wanted to respond with some kind of culinary reasoning such as “you need to consider the flow of flavors” or “you have to […]

Beef Stew with Spring Vegetables and Wheat Berries

It’s been a while since I’ve made a soup or stew, and just my luck that we’ve had some cooler, rainy evenings lately. I decided to take advantage of the weather and make beef stew for dinner. My fridge was full of all kinds of Spring veggies so instead of the usual potatoes, peas, and […]

Chelo Persian Rice Pilaf (with Grilled Steak and Tomatoes)

A couple years ago, The Kid and I were invited to a party at a friend’s house and we were lucky enough that the party was catered by a Persian catering company. Yes, there really is such a thing and it was a foodie delight! There were kebabs (or are they kabobs?), koobideh, breads, and […]