Archive for April, 2010

Happy cow, cranky boys

April 30, 2010

This week’s meals were a mash-up of simplicity and duplicity with mixed results, to no surprise. We started out easy with salmon burgers on Monday.  No problem there.  By Tuesday fish sauce worked its way into the ingredient list.  It was noticed. Kale showed up on Wednesday and was largely ignored by the boys. Then, […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in 30 minutes or less, seafood | No Comments »

Super foodie blog at the NYT

April 29, 2010

Wow … check this out: The New York Times combines its eating, drinking and cooking blogs into one: The Diner’s Journal. The blog features posts from Mark Bittman’s Bitten, The Pour and Diner’s Journal into “one free-range superblog.” Noted: “Contributors include Eric Asimov, Mark Bittman, Glenn Collins, Florence Fabricant, Nick Fox, Julia Moskin, Sam Sifton, […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

King of Fish – Salmon in the Oven

April 28, 2010

As a native Easterner, I love the fact that Seattle is passionate about salmon. Watching spawning salmon in wild streams is a special weekend outing in autumn. On a hot day in summer you can see these magnificent fish leap at the Ballard locks. Native tribal lore and conservationists’ efforts keep salmon top of mind […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Friday night fish – 396 options and more

April 23, 2010

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m pondering dinner plans.  Fresh fish feels right. Just discovered our local fishmonger has 396 recipes listed on his website. And then I have a few new apps on the iPhone that are begging for attention: Whole Foods recipes; Big Oven; Epicurious. Decisions, decisions. Stay tuned for results!

Posted in recipes, seafood | No Comments »

Mac 'n mess, thanks to Madonna

April 21, 2010

A scapegoat comes in handy when dinner flops. Tonight I had a couple – Madonna and a conniving character named Sue Sylvester. I had decided to catch up on “Glee” while making dinner. The whole episode was devoted to Madonna songs – much to this material girl’s delight – and the highlight was a highly-styled […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Recycling menus on the meal plan

April 19, 2010

Now that we’ve passed the 12-week mark on my commitment to maintain a weekly meal-plan for a year, it’s inevitable that some meals would begin to reappear. For Tuesday’s dinner I was eager to recycle one recipe in particular from Week One: Sausage and White Bean Casserole. The combination of cannellini beans and swiss chard, […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in 30 minutes or less | No Comments »

Lesson learned: Rethink the "kid-friendly" rating

April 12, 2010

I had no idea ground chicken could be so sticky. Could it be the first time EVER I had used it in a recipe? Selective memory could have led to me forgetting what a pain the stuff is to work with. While making chicken burgers Monday night, I fussed about the goo of the ground […]

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Relaxing weekend faves

April 12, 2010

Last weekend was nice and easy – hanging close to home after a busy vacation to regroup and yes, cook.  I retrieved two favorite recipes for a relaxed time in the kitchen. Greek Scampi with Orzo – I LOVE this recipe and it’s so easy. It’s my go-to recipe when I find wild domestic shrimp […]

Tags: ,
Posted in weekend | No Comments »

Yelping works in DC

April 11, 2010

To Yelp means to cry out in pain. Ironically, that works well in Washington D.C. Our culinary adventure in the nation’s capitol wasn’t quite as exciting as NYC. The density of Manhattan is far more conducive to grazing. Feeding a family in D.C. meant finding nourishment before we collapsed in most cases. You do a […]

Tags:
Posted in restaurants | 2 Comments »

Shortcuts aren't so bad after all

April 9, 2010

As a child I noticed my mother and grandmother relied on Campbell’s condensed soups as the foundation for many a meal. Boxed mixes were the next best thing. Instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, and more — these were exciting options for homemakers looking to cut their time at the stove. When starting this blog I decided […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in 30 minutes or less | No Comments »