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Redemption through mac ‘n cheese

Posted by on May 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I’ve skipped posting our eats here for two weeks. The kitchen scene honestly has been challenging, due to busy schedules, and I’ve been well … bored culinarily (what a concept!). It’s not that I ducked out the kitchen entirely. I tried to motivate myself. Explorations included: Ginger lime cod in a bowl — a twist on […]

A pool of puree for another day

Posted by on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

“It’s good but don’t ever make it again.” Son #1’s assessment of tonight’s vegetable side dish was lukewarm at best. This is what happens when you force a meal theme. I usually love Thermal Thursday because it’s yet another excuse to use my pressure cooker to blast together a meal in minutes. Running a close […]

Shrimp, chicken cacciatore = tasty bookends

Posted by on March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Shrimp skewers, Caesar-style

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

Posted by on February 11, 2011 at 6:37 am
Chicken w/yogurt; braised kale

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

Posted by on January 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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 […]

A quiet return to “normal” food in the New Year

Posted by on January 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Glazed tofu, Cauliflower & Carrot Curry

“All right, Meatless Monday!” My husband seemed genuinely excited to see the rather humble meal assembled on the stove: Carrot and Cauliflower Curry; basmati rice; grilled glazed tofu from Deborah Madison’s “This Can’t Be Tofu!” The boys had a decidedly different outlook. Wails of despair about the tofu. Shrugs but not a groan about the […]

Sneaky cooking works like a charm

Posted by on November 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I’ve seen those cookbooks that advise moms to trick their kids into eating their vegetables. All sorts of subterfuge is suggested to camouflage the undesirables as cutesy shapes or mask them under heavy sauces.  I never went for that plan. If the kids don’t recognize the veggies on their plate when they’re young, why on […]

Making food fast at home

Posted by on November 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Sometimes there’s just no time left to spend in the kitchen. Evening events filled up our calendar last week so dinner had to be simple and/or fast. For Meatless Monday, we relied on a stirfry (and ignored the boys’ standby complaints about tofu). Tuesday was easy thanks to leftovers from the Spicy Pork and Apricot […]

They ate it, they liked it!

Posted by on November 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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 […]

Risotto in a jiffy – all gone

Posted by on October 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Last night I whipped together risotto before heading out to yoga class. Wait a minute. Do “whipped together” and “risotto” belong in the same sentence? Risotto I love, but the deliberation required to bring the grains to the right creamy consistency is more than I can take on a weeknight. All that changed when I […]