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”

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”

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”

Mash Up

Swing…and… miss! It happens at dinner from time to time, especially if you cook often and take a few chances while you're at it. I'm not talking inedible dinner or anything, but let's just say I could live without a repeat of last night's soy ginger chicken. Ditto the “sweet potato fries”. How many timesContinue reading “Mash Up”

No Hassle Hasslebacks

  Hey there, I'll keep it short and sweet. These potatoes are called Hasselback after their origination in a Swedish hotel. You can get more elaborate, but olive oil, salt and russets are perfect just like this. Part of our roast chicken Sunday night dinner…and not a potato was left over. Peel and cut potatoesContinue reading “No Hassle Hasslebacks”

Friday Fried Rice

Real conversation: Son: “Mom, what's for dinner?” Me in fetal position on sofa: “Leftover lo mein.” Son: “I don't want that.” Me (inside voice) “I don't care.” Son: “Isn't there anything else?” Me (also inside guilty voice) “I had lunch at Le Bernadin. Maybe I should make something.” Me (last inside voice) “I could useContinue reading “Friday Fried Rice”

Desperation Lo Mein

  Tonight the chicken expired. It's my fault, I didn't check the date on the doorbuster deal for the skinless, boneless white meat I almost never buy. It also means I was taken by a market that needed to unload skinless, boneless white meat. My Sunday purchase had a use by date of Monday. IContinue reading “Desperation Lo Mein”