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Shrimp, chicken cacciatore = tasty bookends

Published on March 6, 2011 By Therese

Shrimp skewers with caesar-style romaine salad and citrusy chickpeas It’s amazing how fast good intentions for the family dinner can go sideways. All it takes is after-school sports practice in a school district two cities away, in rush hour traffic, and you have the perfect detour for the best-laid meal plan. We started off last […]

Craving a cleaver

Published on February 11, 2011 By Therese

The recipe said  “cut straight through the bone.”  What a bold move for a tame Thursday night. I found myself fantasizing about a return trip to Tokyo where I could purchase one of those dramatic cleavers demonstrated so openly at the fish market.  At the time of my trip so many years ago I couldn’t […]

JIT cooking serves up mixed results

Published on January 16, 2011 By Therese

Searching for a recipe on my iPhone is a culinary gamble. I’m always delighted to find an appealing recipe while standing in the grocery aisle. Those apps for Epicurious, Whole Foods and Big Oven can be just the ticket when time is short. (As in last week when I scored with a quick artichoke and […]

They ate it, they liked it!

Published on November 6, 2010 By Trixie

Chickpeas. Wheatberries. Brown rice pasta. Not exactly kid food. But over the last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked these items into our meal plan and eureka, no complaints! Sometimes I wonder it’s just a matter of planetary alignment that I get fewer grumbles than usual from my sons. Maybe their growing bodies/appetites are finally forcing […]

Simplicity for dinner

Published on July 19, 2010 By Trixie

I’ve not thought much about food since returning from vacation. Our adventures in Costa Rica had far more to do with adrenaline and critters than our tastebuds.  I relished that feeling of moving freely throughout the day, with nary a thought of “What’s for Dinner?” I’ve managed to persist in a non-cooking fantasy for the […]

Dinner in 20 minutes or less

Published on June 14, 2010 By Trixie

Real Simple magazine is oh-so-clever. Near the back of the magazine is a page of perforated cards with highlights from various articles.  One is always a recipe.  This one caught my eye: “What’s a good go-to chicken recipe that’s ready in under 20 minutes?” The answer: Chicken with Prosciutto and Zucchini. Score! Mondays are always […]

Friday night fun

Published on June 1, 2010 By Trixie

Any reason NOT TO COOK on Friday night is a sound one to me. Last week’s excuse was particularly tasty one — an ad hoc potluck with the Bunco group. A silly game of Bunco is an excellent reason for the ladies in the ‘hood to catch up over wine and share some mighty fine […]

Burgers in a pinch

Published on May 21, 2010 By Trixie

– Posted using MobyPicture.com I’m a Costco skeptic. When people rave about the bargains, all I can think about is the horror of finding a parking space.  And then there’s the phenomena of entering with four items on the shopping list and leaving with an overflowing basket and a few more digits than desired on […]

Smoked out but worth it

Published on May 18, 2010 By Trixie

Recipe for setting off the smoke detector:  Bathe chicken breasts  in olive oil, roast in 500-degree oven. Doh! You too can try this at home.  “New” Chicken Parmesan dipped in Parmesan instead of breadcrumbs, roasted for just 10 minutes and then topped with fresh mozzarella  (just after swinging a towel around the detector and opening […]

Organic switcheroo pays off

Published on May 11, 2010 By Trixie

One must be fickle when it comes to quality. Meal prep started this morning when I pulled chicken thighs from the freezer. But they ended up back in the freezer after a quick stop by PCC Natural Market on the way home from meetings.  Rosie’s organic chicken thighs looked too good to pass up. Sure, […]