Rhubarb Goodness

Thank goodness I didn't throw out the last of the season's wilted rhubarb. Feel free to cook it at it's peak, but cut off the ends of week-old rhubarb and you've still got the delicious makings of a loose jam, ice cream sauce, fresh fruit drizzle or BBQ ingredient. Please excuse the odd measurements. IContinue reading “Rhubarb Goodness”

Heat Wave Summer Corn Salad

It's either this, or watermelon. You can make it in any weather, but stove free cooking makes best sense in summer. Even children don't usually object to corn. And you can sub just about any raw or cooked veg. 'Nuff said – it's hot. 4 ears of corn, cut from cob (yes, raw) Giant handfulContinue reading “Heat Wave Summer Corn Salad”

Not Breakfast Salad

Breakfast rice, nuts & fruits. I've adapted this from The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook. The original calls for protein rich quinoa, but I opt for brown rice. Both options are gluten free and the nuts add protein regardless. Eat before a beach holiday or after splitting a bottle of wine (plus some reallyContinue reading “Not Breakfast Salad”

No Regrets Antipasto

My magazine copy is tattered, but the link works just as well. Every time I make this app I thank Ina Garten out loud. It's super easy but tastes like lots of effort was made. Plus it's summer heat friendly. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-artichoke-salad-recipe/index.html Consider this one for July 4 and beyond. Don't forget to hide some forContinue reading “No Regrets Antipasto”

“I Don’t Feel Like Cooking” Pasta

Despite the season our local farmer’s market had some hot looking tomatoes last week. They couldn’t be from around here, but family genetics make me desperate. Saturday would be mozzarella, tomato & basil day. Friday would be grilled lamb and pasta with a raw (crudo) tomato sauce. It’s super flex, requires no measuring and exceptContinue reading ““I Don’t Feel Like Cooking” Pasta”

Last Minute, 3 Ingredient Salad

This was a big hit at book club this week. I wish (wished?) it was more challenging. I think it will become a summer entertaining staple. Try it. Chunks of watermelon Chunks of feta Finely minced dill That's it. Alternatives include, mint replacing the dill or adding some spicy pickled pepper. Or try threading cubesContinue reading “Last Minute, 3 Ingredient Salad”

Among the World’s Easiest Appetizers

Seriously, it's hard to make this one complicated. Also I love the jarred white beans from my Italian grocer and am always looking for ways to use them. It's gluten free! Vegan! Cheese lovers can add that too! Roasted peppers can replace the tomato! Am I shouting?! Take one jar or can of your faveContinue reading “Among the World’s Easiest Appetizers”

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)”

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”

Cauliflower Fritters, A Work in Progress

  Hot on the heels of puréed cauliflower success (see previous post), I put my mind to getting cauliflower back on the plate. Though it's not perfect yet, this version passed the muster of my most critical dining companions. Not that I ask for criticism and when I do I call it feedback, as in…aren'tContinue reading “Cauliflower Fritters, A Work in Progress”