Category Archives: Lunch and Dinner

Nam Sod © 2011 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Nam Sod

T first made this dish a few months ago. He had a version of it at a Thai restaurant and was so taken with the flavour that he wanted to try making it at home. It’s super quick and easy … Continue reading

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Soy-Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop

This is a  “smack-yo-mama” good pork chop.  (Sorry, Mama.) I’m serious, this pork chop is just that good. Or rather the glaze is just that good. I’m definitely going to be trying it on my chicken… and shrimp… and maybe even on my oatmeal. … Continue reading

Steal with pepper sauce © 2011 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Steak au Poivre

Since we began dating, each year T and I have alternated who plans our anniversary and who plans Valentine’s Day. We are a modern, progressive couple, so “bah!” to the idea that it’s “the man’s job” to plan and buy and … Continue reading

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Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sundried Tomatoes

First , let me apologize for the image to your left. I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist. Second, meatloaf just doesn’t photograph well (As you can see from my traditional meatloaf recipe.) It’s meat, shaped like a loaf. Delicious, yes. Photogenic, no … Continue reading

Pasta with shrimp and vegetables © 2011 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Pasta Premavera Carbonara

This recipe came to me in a dream. Well, in a daze to be more exact. When I got off work yesterday I was tired, and hungry, and my brain felt mushy. I went home, stripped down to my skivvies … Continue reading

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Sunday Sauce

This is probably my all-time favourite meal. I started making Sunday Sauce about 4 years ago as  a New Year’s Eve tradition. The original recipe is from my number one guitar hero, Dean Ween (or Mickey Melchiando as his mama calls … Continue reading

Mushroom and Herb Soup © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Mushroom and Herb Soup

Let me state the obvious… it’s cold. I mean cold. The high for today is 29°, and it currently “feels like” 16°. This is North Carolina for Pete’s sake! I ain’t use to this! Given the current trend in temperature, what … Continue reading

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Chicken Marsala

Ack! Many things have conspired and transpired since I first planned to publish this post. But now, I’m back (sing with me: “to let you know, I can really shake ’em down… DO YOU LOVE ME?” ) Okok– you might … Continue reading

meat loaf, macaroni & cheese, and green beans © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Meat Loaf and Macaroni & Cheese

Growing up in a “culturally appreciative” home, T’s parents often prepared ethnically diverse meals. Not all of which were kid-friendly (borscht anyone?) So, one year for his birthday T asked for good ol’ American boy food: meat loaf and macaroni & … Continue reading

vension tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and green beans © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Venison Tenderloin

If you know someone who hunts deer (or other wild game for that matter), make friends with him. I annually get the “hook-up” from my friend C, who is a skilled, yet conservative bow hunter. Most bow hunters feel that … Continue reading

Pork Tenderloin Salad © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Pork Tenderloin Salad

T and I have been on vacation this week. The first half of the week we lounged on the beach, our toes in the sand, drinking White Russians (“Caucasians” to all you Lebowski fans.) The latter half we’ve spent lounging … Continue reading

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Easy Summer Recipe: Vegetable Risotto

Mmmmm, risotto. One of my all-time favourite dishes. And so versatile, you can personalize it anyway you like. An ex-beau first taught me how to make risotto, and for that alone, I am eternally grateful. While I think risotto is … Continue reading