The week leading up to a holiday is always awkward when it comes to cooking. I haven’t stopped thinking about what to make for Christmas dinner since the day after Thanksgiving. The awkwardness comes with the meals in between, because every meal after Thanksgiving is just a pregame for the next big holiday meal. The week before Christmas is especially annoying because I don’t want to eat anything that is too similar to what I’ll be eating for Christmas dinner. This means that the traditional holiday ingredients that I usually use around this time are off the table when it’s this close to the holiday, including sweet potatoes and anything cranberry really. This might just be me, but I really take Christmas dinner that seriously. This Thai Coconut Red Curry was the perfect solution. It’s an easy dish to double and keep over a few days to give yourself a cooking break. Plus, it still gives off the warm, comfort food[ie] feeling that we all want around this time of year.
In honor of Chinese New Year, I headed down to Ping Pong Dim Sum to keep up my streak of trying new things. Dim Sum is a dish (or series of small plates) of steamed or fried dumplings with various fillings and flavors. It’s usually served as a main course (similar to tapas in Spanish culture). All the talk about traditional Chinese cuisine had me itching to see what all of the hype is about. Plus, I could fall in love with any tradition that involves continuously serving plates of food.
It’s Super Bowl time! The moment every football-lover awaits every year and the moment every ‘free tailgate food-lover’ awaits every year. You can probably guess which one I am. Indeed, I will eat all of your food and ask ‘how much longer until half time?’ every 10 minutes. Although the recent Patriot cheating scandal caught my attention, I’m not a football follower. As a recent (and, future) student, I’ve never had the time to really follow a sport, let alone develop a genuine loyalty to a team. Irregardless (straight from The Mean Girls Dictionary) I prefer basketball over any professional sport. (I’m open to any suggestions and a full analysis on which NBA team should be my favorite) Anyways, it’s the perfect time to explore alternatives to the regular and predictable Super Bowl Chili and chips and salsa.