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”

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”

Every (any?) Day Hash

So I got two new boy dogs (see photo, below) and I have had less cooking time lately. Not to worry. Necessity being the mother of invention, I threw everything together in a hash this week that I think came out pretty well. Start with leftover potatoes – if I steam them for anything, IContinue reading “Every (any?) Day Hash”

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”

Not Key Lime Pie

Or…a great no bake citrus dessert As my guy pointed out this holiday weekend, we've come a long way. As in, I was trusting him to shop for the groceries, even when company's coming! By coming a long way, I'm pretty sure he meant I've given up a touch of control. I prefer to lookContinue reading “Not Key Lime Pie”

Down & Dirty Fajitas

Use this recipe when you've forgotten to marinate the chicken and your kids have likewise forgotten to take the chicken out of the fridge for you even though you asked. Also, when you don't have time to grill, when someone needs a ride to class within in hour, if you like leftovers, if a relativeContinue reading “Down & Dirty Fajitas”

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”

A Letter to My Vegan Friends

In the spirit of “use it up” I found myself at lunch, eye balling half a head of cauliflower. In dollar terms it didn’t amount to much, but I’m still trying to find that perfect balance of using the food I buy. Plus it forces me (us) to sometimes eat vegetables that otherwise might beContinue reading “A Letter to My Vegan Friends”

“Retro” Chicken

I always considered Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate lexicon to be “company” chicken. Silly, really because it's just a well marinated chicken, dolled up with pantry staples like capers, olives and prunes. I guess I served it to company first and the premise always stuck. Or it could be that the original recipe isContinue reading ““Retro” Chicken”

Gluten free Breakfast Salad :-)

Yes, I woke up craving a breakfast salad. Actually, coffee…and a stale chocolate covered, raspberry, kosher for Passover marshmallow. But after that, a breakfast salad. The cool thing about salad is it can literally be made from anything to suit any palate, aversions and allergies. To prove my point, one lovely, well known event venueContinue reading “Gluten free Breakfast Salad :-)”