Crowd Pleasing Chicken

After asking 5 children 16 to 26 for their thoughts on dinner, I got chicken. And so did they. Doubling the recipe took a little extra time, but chicken piccata is a great weeknight option. I also only used one pan, cooking the chicken in batches and keeping it warm in the oven. At theContinue reading “Crowd Pleasing Chicken”

You Will Eat Your Vegetables! Fregola

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…with pasta. Fregola, or fregula, is just another word for what children and adults like best. This Sardinian import is typically semolina dough rolled into teeny balls and toasted in the oven. It’s like the Mini Cooper of pasta – so cute your reluctant veggie eaters willContinue reading “You Will Eat Your Vegetables! Fregola”

“Remember Summer” Greek Chicken & Salad

Don't you hate when you know everyone expects a dinner but nobody has a suggestion about what it should be? Not helpful! How about pasta bolognese? Or beef stew? Or even meatloaf for goodness sake?! I did get “something lighter” as a suggestion from the love of my life last week. I took that toContinue reading ““Remember Summer” Greek Chicken & Salad”

Eat Your Veg

It's the “It” vegetable of the day, but don't let that deter you from making this dish at home. I will also say – unless you're meat free, ordering cauliflower as a main while dining out is a big fat…well, you know. It's a pretty big markup for little investment. Do it if the chefContinue reading “Eat Your Veg”

A Christmas or Anytime Morning Casserole

Ok, so I skipped the pepperoni as our meal was closer to breakfast than lunch. And I forgot to garnish with scallion which I diligently chopped. But I guarantee this is a no fail recipe. Waking up Christmas morning, I also remembered I forgot to set the strata the night before. No matter – anContinue reading “A Christmas or Anytime Morning Casserole”

I Bean Making Soup

I couldn’t make lunch with my friend 😦 so I made soup. I had a mixed bag of legumes from my local Italian specialty store, but feel free to mix and match from the pantry. Use what you got – beans, barley, lentils, they all play nice. And give yourself plenty of lead time. BeansContinue reading “I Bean Making Soup”

Wings Take Flight

Funny thing happened over the weekend. My overzealous TYPE A nature bent enough to give the grocery list to the husband who offered. 3 pounds of wings (game day!) was on it. And 3 pounds were delivered…frozen. So we both learned something. I learned to write the word fresh if that's what I want. HeContinue reading “Wings Take Flight”

Any Night Stuffing!

Why wait for Thanksgiving? Give this savory confection a chance. It took less time than I thought (mostly in the oven) and gave me the benefit of feeling virtuous for not chucking some stale ciabatta. I highly recommend a gravy sidecar. 4 cups stale bread, 3/4 inch cube. 10-15 minutes in a 300 degree ovenContinue reading “Any Night Stuffing!”

Granola Redux

For my cousin who dislikes morning mush and all other Little Rascals appreciators. Ingredients 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1 cup sliced almonds or another shape, same size is better 1 cup raw not roasted sunflowers 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds if possible (wasn't for me today) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon groundContinue reading “Granola Redux”

EZ As…Well, Frankly, Easier Than Pie

This crust is from one of my all time fave fruit based dessert cookbooks. I've filled it with fruit from just about every season. It is not hard to roll out. Just remember to flour your surface and rolling pin. Mistakes can be patched with extra dough. No judgement. Galette Dough Rustic Fruit Desserts byContinue reading “EZ As…Well, Frankly, Easier Than Pie”