Deli Turkey Makeover

Seriously most lunch meat from the grocery seems so unappealing. How do they get that turkey breast so large? What else is in there? Why do you feel a Sahara inspired thirst after having a sandwich? For years I've catered to my little guy's desire for the ordinary sandwich with nitrate nitrite gluten free organicContinue reading “Deli Turkey Makeover”

Fork or Spoon Guisada

Despite my best intentions and a blizzard, I never did break out the Ninja this weekend. This after I forged my way to the market like a dedicated postal worker through rain, sleet, snow and manic Jersey drivers to buy the beef and green pepper needed for Slow Cooker Carne Guisada. But alas on SundayContinue reading “Fork or Spoon Guisada”

U Need Granita?

Brief but meaningful. Take unloved fruit (melon, pineapple, citrus, stone), purée with 2-3 tablespoons sugar, add a shot of citrus. Taste, adjust.Park in the freezer in shallow dish. Scrape with a fork, from the outside towards the center every 30 minutes for a couple of hours. Voila, granita!   FYI if it freezes too hard,Continue reading “U Need Granita?”

Breakfast with Nemo

  I wanted to up the game for my French toast. But I had no cream, no brioche, etc. I did have the usual suspects – bread, eggs, 1% milk, heavy duty butter. I mini searched the Internet and came across the following recipe. It's how I usually make French toast with the addition ofContinue reading “Breakfast with Nemo”

TV dinner (& dumplings)

  My cast iron skillet hadn't seen the light of day in…well, in so long I can't date it. Talking to Julie Hearne on SiriusXM 110 (The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook) shamed me into trying something other than fried chicken or corn bread – seriously, the only reasons I bought it. She said make chickenContinue reading “TV dinner (& dumplings)”

Wanton Wonton Soup

  ..as in I threw my usual weekday caution of time to the wind. It never ceases to amaze me how slowly I assemble wontons. And I'm not exactly showcasing form over function. Chefs in China study dumpling making for years. I can't compete, basically because I can't pleat. No matter, these wontons taste terrific.Continue reading “Wanton Wonton Soup”

Roast Chicken & Potatoes

I knew it! I knew if eating depended on a child, and the child was hungry enough, food would get into the oven! Tonight we (we!) bring you…roast chicken & potatoes. I prepped the chicken, and left out the ingredients for the potatoes. The 14 year old did the rest, proving if you want toContinue reading “Roast Chicken & Potatoes”

Meatless & Mexican Monday

“This is a good dinner.” Hallelujah, praise the stove…a teenager complimented the quesadillas. And I pulled it together in less than 30 minutes, though I cheated on the corn. I like quesadillas because you can pretty much cater to any taste. Plus it’s a great way to use leftovers. In my case the spinach wasContinue reading “Meatless & Mexican Monday”

Friday Fried Rice

Real conversation: Son: “Mom, what's for dinner?” Me in fetal position on sofa: “Leftover lo mein.” Son: “I don't want that.” Me (inside voice) “I don't care.” Son: “Isn't there anything else?” Me (also inside guilty voice) “I had lunch at Le Bernadin. Maybe I should make something.” Me (last inside voice) “I could useContinue reading “Friday Fried Rice”

5 Minute Super Guac

    I bought the wings. I made the guacamole. Seriously, the bucket o' wings was on sale at Whole Foods while supplies lasted. I practically tackled a small family considering the last buffalo wings.The guacamole is better made and eaten, although keeping a pit in it and plenty of lime juice keeps the browningContinue reading “5 Minute Super Guac”