Down & Dirty Fajitas

Use this recipe when you've forgotten to marinate the chicken and your kids have likewise forgotten to take the chicken out of the fridge for you even though you asked. Also, when you don't have time to grill, when someone needs a ride to class within in hour, if you like leftovers, if a relativeContinue reading “Down & Dirty Fajitas”

20 Minute “Cream” of Tomato…or What to Make When You Don’t Want to Shop

I may be dating myself, but heck I'm old enough to almost have a teen driver in the house! Remember Name That Tune?Two people ID music, competing to do it in as few notes as possible. That's about how I entertain myself in the kitchen from time to time.There are two versions – making foodContinue reading “20 Minute “Cream” of Tomato…or What to Make When You Don’t Want to Shop”

The Deal with Matzah Meal

Contrary to what I believed in my youth, matzah meal actually does suffer with age. An open box of bland crumbs converts to stale, bland crumbs shortly after Passover. Resist the urge to toss them in the trash (or for the eco-conscious, the compost bin). Consider the alternatives: 1) store matzah meal in a closedContinue reading “The Deal with Matzah Meal”

All Purpose Condiment…and an Asian Slaw

  I don't do yoghurt, but I make an exception for tzatziki (and a couple of chicken marinades and some dressings). Come to think of it, I don't do sweet or sweetened yoghurts or any of those overpriced “healthy” yolo style treats. I will do savory yoghurt. But I digress. Back to tzatziki. I firstContinue reading “All Purpose Condiment…and an Asian Slaw”

Chinese Takeout, Without the Takeout

I'll keep it short. Super busy day? Want Chinese? Skip the calories of takeout and make this super healthy rendition of sesame chicken. It's a Martha recipe I have been feeding the kids for years. We're a mostly brown rice family, but white works as well. I even splurge on skinless, boneless white meat (sometimes).Continue reading “Chinese Takeout, Without the Takeout”

Super Flexible Vegetarian Supper (or world’s easiest appetizer)

  It takes no time and very little dough, but flatbread pizzas make you look like a genius. I'll give you the benchmarks on the condition you don't tell anyone in my family. That's what I was thinking in the aisles of Trader Joe's when I saw the whole wheat Naan. Naan in its bestContinue reading “Super Flexible Vegetarian Supper (or world’s easiest appetizer)”

No B—(bean) Turkey Chili

I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but I can say this. Last week I made one of the world’s easiest bean free chili recipes. Plus bean objectors, due to digestive or regional origins, can’t possibly take issue with the stomach warming blend of cumin, chili AND chocolate! In this case it is cocoa powder andContinue reading “No B—(bean) Turkey Chili”

Addendum to a Letter to My Vegan Friends

I make this one pretty often. It’s a big batch veggie stew based on ratatouille, but with even less finesse. Right here is a family dinner and lunches for about a week for my faux vegetarian child. She claimed vegetarian status years ago, but insisted it included every variety of Chinese pork dumplings, hot dogsContinue reading “Addendum to a Letter to My Vegan Friends”

A Letter to My Vegan Friends

In the spirit of “use it up” I found myself at lunch, eye balling half a head of cauliflower. In dollar terms it didn’t amount to much, but I’m still trying to find that perfect balance of using the food I buy. Plus it forces me (us) to sometimes eat vegetables that otherwise might beContinue reading “A Letter to My Vegan Friends”

“Retro” Chicken

I always considered Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate lexicon to be “company” chicken. Silly, really because it's just a well marinated chicken, dolled up with pantry staples like capers, olives and prunes. I guess I served it to company first and the premise always stuck. Or it could be that the original recipe isContinue reading ““Retro” Chicken”