Whole Wheat Festival

Whole Wheat Festival

Festival is a Jamaican sweet fried dumpling that is usually served with fish or jerk chicken. It’s pretty similar to bake, another kind of West Indian fried dumpling but bake is savory and typically circular in shape. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, escovitch fish with festival was one of my favorite afterschool snacks.

A few weeks ago I made escovitch fish for the first time and it came out really good. While I enjoyed having it for dinner, it gave me a strong craving for festival so I decided to make some.


Baked Escovitch Fish

Escovitch Fish

One of my hands down favorite kinds of fish is escovitch fish. It’s a Jamaican dish featuring fried fish that is served with pickled vegetables. I’d eaten it millions of times but had never attempted to make it myself. I figured that if the fish was baked at a high temperature, I could achieve a result similar to frying. Rubbing fish with lemon juice prior to cooking eliminates the rank smell that cooked fish can have and the pickling liquid gives it a really nice flavor.


Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

A rich and filling sweet potato soup recipe comprised of a few ingredients. The recipe can be made vegetarian style by using vegetable stock and omitting the meat garnish.


Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

I love baked ziti but I really only get a craving for it once every few years.

The craving hit recently and I realized that while I’ve made other dishes that are far more complicated, I’d never actually made baked ziti. Up until that point, the only ziti I’d had was either prepared by my mom or something I had at a restaurant. I decided to change that and finagled a baked ziti recipe based on what I’d seen my mom put in baked ziti along with a few of my own touches added in.


Apple Stuffed Pork Loin Recipe

Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Pork loin is a very lean cut of meat. If there is any fat, it’s typically found on the outside of the loin where it can be easily trimmed off. An unfortunate downside to the meat being so lean is that it can become very dry and tough. One method for preventing the roast from drying out is to stuff the loin. This recipe for Apple Stuffed Pork Loin combines the mild and somewhat sweet flavor of pork with the tartness of Granny Smith apples for a really nicely balanced flavor.