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”

Desperation Lo Mein

  Tonight the chicken expired. It's my fault, I didn't check the date on the doorbuster deal for the skinless, boneless white meat I almost never buy. It also means I was taken by a market that needed to unload skinless, boneless white meat. My Sunday purchase had a use by date of Monday. IContinue reading “Desperation Lo Mein”

We’re Having Beefaroni

Does anyone else remember beefaroni? That Chef Boyardee had the right idea…the execution on the other hand, not so much. When all is said and done, beefaroni is just a meat sauce with pasta. If you start by cooking the sauce down for 3-4 hours you will definitely have something to make Chef B happy.Continue reading “We’re Having Beefaroni”

A Mostly Meat Free Monday

Let’s preface this by saying, I really did not feel like cooking tonight. I didn’t want to make the planned stir fry. I didn’t want to celebrate meatless Monday. I didn’t want to leave the sofa or the bodice ripper that got delivered to the office among the cookbooks. That said, I got up andContinue reading “A Mostly Meat Free Monday”