the easiest thanksgiving side dishes ever

Our Thanksgiving plans are exciting: Everyone’s coming to Nashvegas! My parents and Alex’s family will be joining us for a few days of eating, exploring the city, and more eating. ❤ We’re also hosting two furry friends while our neighbors are out of town. Everyone, meet Flash and Django: Luckily, our families are cool. Really… Continue reading the easiest thanksgiving side dishes ever

tofu-mushroom tacos | how to throw a taco night

I was always a tofu hater. Maybe because I grew up in Arkansas, and it’s not a thing there, or because I learned to eat (real food, anyway) in the paleo world which swears off all soy products. The thing is, organic tofu is, in many ways, a perfect weeknight protein: It stays fresh for a while,… Continue reading tofu-mushroom tacos | how to throw a taco night

6-ingredient summery shrimp & potato dinner

PALEO | WHOLE30 | DAIRY-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE At any given moment, I have at least one ingredient obsession. This time last summer, it was figs (let’s be honest, it’s always figs). A few weeks ago, it was tahini. Right now, it’s this spice mix made by East Nashville Spice Company. I’m usually not a huge spice mix fan… Continue reading 6-ingredient summery shrimp & potato dinner

10-minute pork ragu and seared gnocchi, aka magic

In general, I’m all for making things at home, from scratch, the old-fashioned way. But I also think that it isn’t a crime to half-make something. Actually, when it’s a total success, and it’s made of real ingredients, it’s something to be commended: it’s life-hacking. As Ina says, “How bad could that be?” Today, we’re talking about how to… Continue reading 10-minute pork ragu and seared gnocchi, aka magic

celebrating 5 months of MC! | revisiting jamie’s classic, not-too-buffalo wings

This simple, wonderful wing recipe was the first recipe that I ever posted on MajaCooks. Tomorrow will mark 5 months of this little site! Although that may not seem like a lot of time (especially to someone who has never had a blog), I think this is a cause for celebration. There are so many tiny, wonderful… Continue reading celebrating 5 months of MC! | revisiting jamie’s classic, not-too-buffalo wings

crunchy oven-fried chicken for dad (and legit honey mustard)

DAIRY-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE | DELICIOUS Father’s Day is this Sunday! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to be with my daddy, but luckily we got some time together last weekend at our favorite spot: the lake. My dad grew up on the water in Poland (sailing in the summers, hockey in the winters) and I grew… Continue reading crunchy oven-fried chicken for dad (and legit honey mustard)

blackened fish tacos with cabbage slaw

I have a love/hate relationship with the concept of Taco Tuesday. On one hand, a weekly day dedicated to the consumption of one of my favorite food groups (see below) is a godsend. Side note: My Favorite Food Groups: Mexican (learn about my favorite healthy Mexican dishes here) Crispy skin (duck, salmon, pork, chicken — in… Continue reading blackened fish tacos with cabbage slaw