The Korean take-out-inspired, coconut pumpkin soup recipe that taught me how to embrace cooking

After watching the Food Network, I got inspired. I did some digging in my parents' kitchen, and I found some pureed pumpkin, a can of coconut milk, and some carrots. And then I discovered their mother-effing VITAMIX with a "hot soup" setting.

I took a few deep breaths, put on some music, and decided to wing it.

When I finally tasted my soup, everything made sense. This is why my husband loves cooking so much. It was FUN. I made a restaurant quality soup. All by myself. A soup that completely embraces the non-official start of fall; deliciously fatty, with a stunning orange color and perfect creamy texture. An artistic masterpiece…

The easiest key lime pie recipe in the world

This is a recipe given to me by a world-class chef, who claimed it is "the easiest key lime pie recipe in the world." And it's true! It's a nicely tart dessert, without all that meringue and sugar. And it's the kind of pie that people love, which makes it fun to bring to parties.

Strange pantry cooking: Creative culinary concoctions from someone else's kitchen

Cooking in another person's kitchen awkward and daunting. However, once you get the hang of it, the opportunity for creativity abounds! Vacation rental kitchens are great for this. Random grains or spices left over from a previous tenant? Dried up feta? Strange condiment? All fodder for the most amazing meal (or at least an interesting creative experience).

Kof-tot curry: My recipe for potato kofta curry using tater tots

Potato koftas are made with riced potatoes, onions and spices. Most of the recipes I read went through the painstaking instructions of how to make these potato balls… I read through them and realized, "They are just making tater tots!" I've been known to scoff at home made tater tots in all shapes and sizes so I decided that I'd make my own version of potato kofta for our lunches this week… Here's how to make my "kof-tot curry."

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What do you pack for lunch?

At the grand old age of 35 I'm still figuring out how to be an adult. One thing I wish someone had warned me of is that one of the hardest parts will be feeding yourself. A challenge I've had for years is… I just don't know what to pack for lunch at the office. Homies, what do you pack for lunch?