Burdock and Pokeweed Fritters with Chipotle Marinara

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these fritters are composed of pokeweed (fresh and green and mildly tingly on the tongue) and earthy puréed burdock root. Paired with the sweet, silky, and slightly spicy chipotle marinara, these crispy fritters are a treat during the warmer months.

Mor Kuzhambu (South Indian Buttermilk Curry) with Greens

South Indian Mor Kuzhambu features a slightly tangy, creamy sauce peppered with warm Indian spices coating your choice of greens. It’s fast and easy to put together, and makes for a simultaneously lush and refreshing side dish.

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

With just the right amount of spice and all the flavors I love in Mexican cuisine, this easy, low-carb Mexican cauliflower rice is a real winner.

Herbed Smoked Oyster Dressing

This oyster dressing (a.k.a. stuffing) is smoky and salty from the oysters and bacon, and the toasted cubes of bread absorb just enough of the oyster juices and stock to be impossibly creamy and crunchy at the same time. A decadent holiday treat!

Crispy Fried Pig’s Ears with Arugula and Capers

These deep-fried pig’s ears are salty, tender yet crispy, and super indulgent; the lemon vinaigrette arugula salad brings a fresh and acid element to the dish that balances the decadence of the pig’s ears.

Cajun Spicy Low-Carb Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are light, fluffy, and flavorful. Low-carb and baked, they’re a healthier take on the original, but still feel indulgent.

Spicy Pesto Chicken Wings

This easy, summery recipe uses pesto and the heat of jalapeños to makes a rock star out of simple chicken wings.

Hot Crab Dip

This rich, gooey, addictive dip combines the delicate sweetness of crabmeat with the slight bite of the dry vermouth and lemon juice.