Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is quintessential southern comfort food. Nilla wafers, layers of bananas, and a thick custard topped with a toasty meringue. It's old-fashioned goodness, best served in little mason jars. This is totally your grandmother's banana pudding, except, you know, cooked using stored solar thermal energy. The Sun Bucket started at 329 C (624 °F). … Continue reading Banana Pudding

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Coq Au Vin

Despite being a Wednesday evening, I decided that I really needed to make coq au vin. This is not exactly a quick, 30-minute meal for a busy weeknight, but I was not to be deterred. I was already picturing the shocking purple hue of chicken swimming in a sea of wine and cognac, with pearl … Continue reading Coq Au Vin

Polenta & Chicken with a Balsamic Pan Sauce

There comes a time in every child's life when they decide that protesting their dinner is worth sitting at the table for an inordinate amount of time. I remember my first sit-in, and to this day have not taken another bite of Chicken à la King. For one of my sisters, it was lima beans. … Continue reading Polenta & Chicken with a Balsamic Pan Sauce

Korean {Style} BBQ Meatballs & Fried Rice

Like every other American, I love Trader Joe's grocery stores. The fact that the closest Trader Joe's is two hours away is inconvenient (even if it makes a great excuse for a girls' day trip to the city). This weekend, as I prowled the crowded aisles of a Chicagoland Trader Joe's with a good friend, … Continue reading Korean {Style} BBQ Meatballs & Fried Rice