first time

for those into cooking, AND eating

Image of First Times Foods Logo

IMG_1953 copy

Basmati & Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currants, and Herbs

kick your standard weeknight rice up a notch

April 10 2014 by rlk

This recipe, despite a long list of ingredients, is a great one to kick your standard weeknight rice up a notch. The bevy of flavors from the spices and fresh herbs give it a depth of flavor, and the cumin seeds, wild rice, and fried onions give it some bite. It’s also filling, and can […]

IMG_1864 copy

Eggplant Boats with Balsamic Glaze, Leeks, and Cherry Tomatoes

Mostly a looker. Yours will be better!

April 3 2014 by lsmith

Look how colorful and vibrant this food looks! However, it didn’t taste quite as good as it looks. Wamp wamp. I made tweaks to the recipe instructions below, so it’ll come out better for you than it did for me, for a couple of reasons: you won’t overcook the eggplant until it turns to mush […]

IMG_1575 copy

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels

soft-baked memories

March 31 2014 by rlk

I have good memories of soft-baked pretzels. These are the kind they sold at summer carnivals and ball games, the ones that – back in the day when I was smaller – were bigger than my head. They were always warm and soft, with a bit of a chew and just the right amount of […]

IMG_1787 copy

New Kitchen Goodies

here's to lovely friends and family, and celebrating life!

March 25 2014 by rlk

A few weeks ago, some of my lovely friends and family threw me a bridal shower brunch. It was a fantastic time with some great people I enjoy spending time with, with great homemade food and mimosas. As an added bonus, we were showered with some really lovely cooking and entertaining homegoods. I don’t need […]

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 2.36.37 PM

Income Analysis: February

March 18 2014 by lsmith

Hey there. It’s the time of the month that I take you through the financial side of FirstTimeFoods. We like to let people know how our blog makes money, because we know how hard it can be to do that with your own blog. Income Google AdSense: $8.17 Sovrn Networks: $.58 $1.35 Total: $10.10 Analysis There always seems […]

IMG_1913 copy

Balsamic-Glazed Green Beans with Goat Cheese

Let's just put goat cheese on everything. Ok agreed.

March 17 2014 by rlk

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t make anything Irish this weekend, but this recipe is green so that counts, right? Here’s a quick easy recipe I just tried out for green beans. I don’t usually buy green beans because I don’t know what to do with them, but now I’ve got a new recipe to […]

IMG_1731 copy

Barley and Pomegranate Salad

so healthy we're raging :)

March 10 2014 by rlk

Healthy grains are all the rage right now (I think? I’m not up on the fads. I think I’m getting old. Kids these days…). I’ve definitely started to experiment with and try out new types in the last year. I think my favorite right now is bulgur, but barley is a close second. It’s close […]

IMG_1704 copy

Winter Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad

a twist on the typical green salad

March 6 2014 by rlk

I don’t often like to eat salads (I’d rather eat my veggies cooked vs. raw), but here’s a winter salad that is a twist on the usual green salad. With it’s nice and light, fresh flavors, it will bring you out of your salad rut and relieve some of the doldrums of a long, cold […]


And the Winner is…

March 5 2014 by RLK and LSmith

At the beginning of this month we held our first giveaway. And the winner is… Kelsey T.   Her prize: a $25 Apple iTunes gift card! Have fun rocking’ out in the kitchen Kelsey! Here’s her entry: “As a foodie, I like to bake more than cook. Just like my life as a scientist, I prefer protocols […]

IMG_1621 copy

Slider Buns

fun to shape and cute to boot

March 3 2014 by rlk

As promised, here’s the recipe for the slider buns from our post last week, Meatball Sliders. Slider buns are a great food to try out at home, if you’re looking for something new to make. They are fun to shape and cute to boot. They definitely get points for their presentation, whether you make them […]

IMG_1649 copy

Meatball Sliders

bite-sized really = "perfect sized"

February 27 2014 by rlk

I love snacks, so any food in mini, bite-size is perfect to me. In fact, my favorite food to eat out is tapas, which Wikipedia defines as “a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine.” Perfect. Mini foods are also great to serve for parties, as you can make more of them and […]


No-knead Overnight Rustic Bread

made from scratch and it tastes so good

February 24 2014 by rlk

Once I really got into cooking and baking on my own, one of the things on my to-try list was baking bread from scratch. I love a good loaf of hearty bread, the kind you can cut a thick slice of and smother with softened butter. To be able to recreate something like that with […]