The Entocurean is Published!

This blog started as a means to demonstrate the value of insects, arthropods, and other little critters and evolved into a consolidation of my research and experiences in the form of a research paper. It’s featured in Brill’s Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. The research presented is centered on my ideas about how we can…

A Semiotic Approach to Entomophagy

Eating Insects Detroit has been an amazing experience. I have gained an incredible amount of insight and am even more passionate about promoting awareness to share the numerous benefits of entomophagy. There were so many excellent presentations; I don’t know where to begin. I’ll be writing in more depth about Eating Insects Detroit once I…

White Cheddar and Parmesan Wax Worm “Cheetos”

This recipe came about as the result of an accident I had when I first made wax worms; fortunately for you, that recipe never made it onto The Entocurean. At any rate, without that repulsive recipe, I wouldn’t have realized that baked wax worms have almost the same consistency and texture as Cheetos. Only, unlike…

Pear and Avocado Ant Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting

So, disclaimer: I was just trying to stick to the Valentine’s Day theme…I made hearts out of a pear. I tried. It took longer than it should have. Another disclaimer: these didn’t really turn out tasting very much like pear. Happily, they also didn’t taste like avocado. I have never baked with avocado, and made this with…

Chirpy Breakfast Bagel with Cherry Almond Butter

It’s been a while since my last post; I’ve been pretty busy with musical side projects, but apparently not so busy that I couldn’t post a quick brunch recipe. At any rate….a couple of weeks ago, I tried something new with some circular bread dipping dishes that my best friend’s parents gave me.  Let me tell you, these…

Orange-Cherry Almond Chirpy Biscotti

So, the fam has been inquiring a lot about my ento-concoctions and–since I’m leaving for Michigan tomorrow to visit them for the holidays–I figured I should probably deliver on what I’ve been promising them: insects are delicious! I decided to go with something in which the crickets I used would blend easily (thus, not frightening my…

Savory Sage, Parmesan and Mealy "Pommes Anna"!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to posting anything for Thanksgiving. The fam, obviously, isn’t too keen on insect dishes. I did, however, have lots of leftover potatoes and sage and had a hankering for potato stacks.  That, paired with my love for mealworms, resulted in a new recipe. These are insanely easy to make and…

Mini Mealy Quiches!

My buddy’s band BoneHawk was in town to play a show in Milwaukee last night, and, since I knew they’d be crashing with us, I stocked up on groceries to make some brunch before they hit the road and drove back to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Morning came, and they said it was too early for food, so after…

Chirpy Pasties With a Twist: Baharat Saudiya

My mom frequently made pasties when I was growing up–it’s a Michigan thing. Pasties are a favorite of mine, but to shake things up a bit, I decided to add a Saudi Arabian flare: بهرات السعودية (baharat Saudiya)–Saudi spices. I spent about four years of my life hanging out with Saudi women and they taught…

Chirpy Peanut Butter Granola Bars!

While there are some pretty awesomely delicious protein bars out there, yes, made with crickets (check out Exo–Cricket Flour Protein Bars and Chapul–The Original Cricket Energy Bar), it’s so much easier (and less expensive) to make your own! It’s nice to have protein-packed snacks to grab when you’re on the go and these will definitely sate your…

Chirpy Stuffed Acorn Squash with Apple and Pearled Farrow

I love fall and I will never be over pumpkin spice. I could gorge myself on pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin bagels, etc. My husband, however, is not so keen on the pumpkin spice world takeover, so I opted not to make stuffed pumpkin and instead decided on acorn squash. Now, take a look…