Pumpkin Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 29, 2015
Sometimes, greatness is thrust into your laps. Sometimes it is. Sometimes, some kind soul – @temisol in this case makes a suggestion, sets you on a course of deliciousness that leaves you breathless.  The suggestion of adding pumpkin puree to your mix, the fact that it lends sweet and smooth and a touch of peculiar…that, […]

Palm Oil Vinaigrette

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 26, 2015
Growing up, I had a cousin, J who would always toast bits of dried crayfish and dry pepper. He would add this to palm oil and serve it over boiled yam and plantain. I think about him and the sauce a lot. And then lately, I’ve been thinking about making a vinaigrette of it.    […]

Ten (10) Reasons to be Thankful for Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 16, 2015
1. Adam Noah Levine. First man that ever liveth. Sigh. Deliciousness. 2. Hamburgers 3. Cheesecake 4. Texas Coming to America, my story 5. Southern Fried Chicken. Chicken & Waffles. Waffles and errthang 6. S’Mores S’More Semifreddo, courtsey of Sarah Shatz, food52 7. Floats Root beer and more 8. Ribs Oh lawd. Crying in juicy, smoky, […]

Preparing for My Nigerian-American Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 13, 2015
I’ve always loved Thanksgiving – the purpose, the feast, the celebration. Many gathered around tables, scattered around states and cities, homes, safe places, corners. Thanksgiving came to us by way of my children going to the American school in The Netherlands. Since then, we’ve celebrated it. This year, I’d like to serve up a Nigerian-inspired Thanksgiving menu. […]

Two Recipes from Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 7, 2013
We feasted and we drank plenty. My back ached but I was thankful in spite of it.

The Days After Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 5, 2013
…Have found me in bed. Prostrate. Terrible back ache that has kept me not quite sitting, standing or lying down with any measure of comfort. I’m much better now. Back at work and checking with the doctors to make sure everything is fine. But still I have reasons to be thankful. I’m alive, right? Thankful […]

The Day Before Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 27, 2013
Yes, we celebrate ‘Turkey Day’ as D put it. But not with Turkey. With Chicken. Tomorrow we’ll sit together and we’ll feast. We are thankful for life. We have reason to be thankful. Reason to be thankful for so many things. Like Failure. Like learning ‘How not to do it’. Embracing the foolhardiness of choices….and […]

Reasons to be Thankful: Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 22, 2012
I have reasons to be thankful, even if I am a desperado. Desperate to be American, in part…..purely to eat Turkey, or Turducken. Ok….we’ll have to settle on chicken. I am thankful for food on our table. Simple, fancy, tasty and homemade. Eaten with people to love. That I love. Thanksgiving on the third Sunday […]

Spiced Pumpkin Churros for Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 21, 2011
I’m thankful for autumn and fall. For churros. For pumpkin puree. For pumpkin churros. For sugar, and chocolate and spice. For taste notes called toffee and caramel. For New England autumns, for deep-fried. Dough. I’m thankful for new beginnings, for children that love freely, for hope, for joy.  For life. And the occasional wave of […]