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MeghanVK  Chicken that Fancies Itself Spanish

Oh, if only we could sit down for dinner with MeghanVK tonight. 

It’s clear that with this girl, “dinner” could mean a number of things (witness her profile Q&A below). Would we play it classy, with martinis and oysters? Or kick back with some Tostitos-brand queso and pretzels?

MeghanVK seems to straddle this line between indulgent and practical, between wild and sophisticated -- dancing from the high to the low brow, the classic to the unexpected. We dig that. Sometimes oysters are just what we need. Other times, it’s nachos. For dinner. If variety is the spice of life, then let’s just say that MeghanVK’s dinners are very, very spicy.

On one hand, there’s her delightfully healthy Quick-Pickled Cucumber-Melon Salad. On the other, the mayo-laced Deviled Eggs; Purgatory Edition. Kale Salad with Roasted Garlic-Horseradish Dressing, for the sensible side of MeghanVK, Beer and Pretzels (IPA Fondue) for that (there it is again!) nachos-for-dinner side. And no matter what end of the spectrum a recipe falls -- or if it's happily smack in the middle (like the winning Chicken That Fancies Itself Spanish, pictured above) -- you can count on a laugh from her headnote. Or ingredients list. Or directions.

So, what’s for dinner? We’ll take all of it. Plus a martini ... and a cold Bud.

Read MeghanVK's profile Q&A below and check out her blog here.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Pasta water, back in my "Leave No Trace" hiking and camping days. It's pretty gross. 


  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Generally something complicated and impractical - OR - if I really want to treat myself - store-bought Tostitos-brand queso, with pretzels.


  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    I love my small Le Creuset Dutch oven - it was my first major kitchen purchase for myself, and I use it all the time. 


  • Your ideal meal:
    West coast oysters, a dirty martini, and a lobster roll.


  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:


  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Before or after dinner?


  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    Our "dining" table is a desk, so at the moment, we can only squeeze in four. But I dream of the day when I can answer 10. 


  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    High shelves


  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Barefoot Contessa: The Series


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Comments (18)


about 4 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations Meghan VK. Love your use of clip art.


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Great spotlight! Love your recipes and humor, Meghan.


about 4 years ago nannydeb

Congrats on the spotlight! Sometimes Tostitos queso is exactly what you need!


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats on the spotlight, Megan! You've got some awesome recipes & I'd happily have dinner with you anytime.


about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, MeghanVK!!


about 4 years ago lorigoldsby

I'd be happy to share a dozen oysters or a bag of 'ritos and queso with you!


about 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations on your spotlight! I, too, loved the Q&A, how honest and descriptive!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Its so good to see you in the spotlight, love the Q&A. Congratulations!!!


about 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Pretzels aren't exactly my thing, but offer me a bowl of potato chips and a glass of wine, and I'm a very happy soul. Lovely spotlight!


about 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Great spotlight!!! So fun to get to know you better MeghanVK! Love it all!


about 4 years ago Bevi

Great spotlight!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Cheers, MeghanVK! What a great spotlight.


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great Spotlight! I would eat Tostitos with you but not at the same time as oysters probably. Well, maybe after a few drinks? Who knows? Love your outlook!!!!


about 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I like your style!


about 4 years ago SKK

I love your Kale Salad with Roasted Garlic Horseradish Dressing! Bet you could reinvent the pasta water recipe for campers.


about 4 years ago MeghanVK

Ha - I quickly learned that garlic salt is your best friend when it comes to pasta water! The gross part is drinking it out of a pot that hasn't really been cleaned in ten days. Certain parts of backpacking I miss, but that definitely isn't one of them :)


about 4 years ago MeghanVK

Ack! That's me! And I would happily have dinner with any of you, any time... how about some deep-fried oysters dipped in said Tostitos queso? Eh? Eh? (Actually that sounds gross. Maybe just the oysters). Thanks for making my Monday!


about 4 years ago wssmom