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”

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”

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”

Game Day Baked Goods

And by game day, I mean Ohio State vs anyone. Never underestimate a food manufacturer’s test kitchen. You need not use the brand names, but the following recipes are all winners, as was the team on Saturday. I sent the photo out Saturday – now recipes to match. The links to each are below. **AsContinue reading “Game Day Baked Goods”

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”

As the Weather Turns…Beef Stew For 2 (or4)

  A dip in the thermometer forced my cart to the beef aisle. In goes about a pound of cubed beef chuck. I'd like to say it was dinner for a family, but a teen boy and a hungry mom can (did) left only one serving as leftovers. No matter, it's EZ to double down.Continue reading “As the Weather Turns…Beef Stew For 2 (or4)”