Homemade Mayo (not Fallen Chocolate Cake)

The dog ate my cake (and survived both the chocolate and me). So here’s a picture of the mayo. And the dog. I didn’t intend to make mayo, but ignored a golden rule for making hard boiled eggs (fresh eggs, what was I thinking?! See link below) and wrecked the whites late Friday night duringContinue reading “Homemade Mayo (not Fallen Chocolate Cake)”

Thanks, Mario

Thanks, Mario… Mr. Batali saved me a trip to the grocery. And he can save you too if you have a head of cauliflower, pasta and a handful of pantry/fridge staples. I'll tell you flat out I reduced the pasta by 25% and could have done with even less. I also added 3 pinches ofContinue reading “Thanks, Mario”

In Search of A New TB Fave!

  From my Martha days, I make a great turkey burger called with full truthfulness, “my favorite turkey burger”. But I needed another alternative and a quick search turned up this recipe from the cult eating mastermind behind Ottolenghi. Don't let the fluidity of the meat fool you – it will firm up in theContinue reading “In Search of A New TB Fave!”

Birthday Biscuits

It wasn't breakfast in bed as promised, but I did deliver the biscuits with bacon and eggs to the birthday child. This recipe is virtually idiot proof. Opt for lightly rolling out the biscuits and not too thin! You may get fewer but they'll rise higher. I used a pastry cutter to blend the butter.Continue reading “Birthday Biscuits”

Invest-less Entertaining

Don't tell my friends, at least not the ones from last Saturday, but bruschetta has to be the easiest, least costly way to start an event that I know. Use whatever you have for toppings. That's hummus on the left – homemade from an Ina Garten recipe, but store bought is good too. You canContinue reading “Invest-less Entertaining”

Fast and Furious Pasta

If you have a bad day, try this pasta for dinner. Quick, easy, dare I say cheap? It will raise your daily success rating. Use the lemon juice after zesting for the pasta recipe in an EZ vinaigrette or to marinate chicken with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. No waste. 🙂 Click hereContinue reading “Fast and Furious Pasta”

Snausage and Egg Frittata

Here's your gluten free one pot dinner, or lunch, or breakfast. I've had the sausage free version and unless you're a vegetarian, with sausage is better. Btw, this sausage is from my friend Manny who has a small Italian specialty store in my hometown. He makes just enough each week. The difference between his andContinue reading “Snausage and Egg Frittata”

Not Penne with Vodka Sauce

As promised … Pasta with vodka sauce. Not penne. Blame Trader Joe's, I do. Plenty of rice and gluten free options. Am I now a minority? So linguine stepped in and twirled its way round our hearts. Two kids took home leftovers, an endorsement if ever there was one. Any way you toss it, InaContinue reading “Not Penne with Vodka Sauce”

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”

Channeling Colcannon

Three ingredients (plus salt) never tasted so good. It must be the upcoming St. Patrick's Day that made me want to dump this lot on a plate of mashed potatoes. Not that Brussel sprouts cooked in pancetta come close to that Irish cabbage and potato delicacy. And bite my tongue but I loaded my mashedContinue reading “Channeling Colcannon”