30 minutes or less

An A-I dinner on the run (minus the feta)

Posted by on March 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm
An A-I dinner (minus the feta) by dishesmenlikephotos

An A-I dinner (minus the feta), a photo by dishesmenlikephotos on Flickr. Making dinner on the run for the last couple of weeks has prompted a focus on “what can I make in 20 minutes or less that’s still healthy”? Here’s the answer: Tortillitas with shrimp (a Bittman recipe for pancakes made with garbanzo/fava bean […]

Recipe coaching can spice things up

Posted by on April 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Meatless Monday is a taste challenge for our meat-minded teens. Last night I was feeling pretty good about locating a vegetarian pasta recipe my husband could throw together while I was off fantasizing about writing a book at a local foodie event. Problem was, it was too simple. Bland. He followed the recipe for linguine […]

Date night dining with a cooking class favorite

Posted by on April 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Date night scallops

Last Friday night we both had something to celebrate on the work front, so cooking at home gave us a chance to unwind. A martini to start, followed by a dish learned in a cooking class a few years ago with Ethan Stowell, a noted Seattle chef who now runs four popular restaurants. His simple […]

“Autumn” minestrone for a blustery April Monday

Posted by on April 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm
"Autumn" minestrone

I’ve had soup on the brain for days. Mostly because it has rained every day for a week plus.  So an old Moosewood recipe came in handy today when the temperature topped out at 49 degrees and showers persisted. Chock full of all kinds of vegetables for Meatless Monday, “Autumn” minestrone is perfect for cool […]

It’s a Fun Friday when kids cook

Posted by on April 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Screaming Eagle cheese steak sub

Son #2 wields a mean knife. As in turning out thinly sliced mushrooms, perfect for our first endeavor together on Screaming Eagle cheese steak subs. The plan kicked off last Sunday when the guys spotted the recipe in the New York Times magazine – a piece about greasy yet beloved sandwiches you can spot on […]

Pre-vacation mash-up

Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

Packing up for vacation is a great motivation to clean out the fridge. I hit 6pm last night with a random plan to use up baked ham, potatoes and brussel sprouts.  Then I found a yellow bell pepper. And half a carton of buttermilk. Suddenly dinner didn’t seem so desperate. Son #2 was thrilled to […]

Tacos for Tasty Tuesday

Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm
chorizo & potato tacos w/black bean salsa

Chorizo-potato tacos with black bean salsa Tuesday started out a bit rough. “I don’t like hard tacos,” Son #1 observed. He’s vocal in the kitchen these days, but actually I agreed on this point. I don’t like tacos at all but the idea of mixing spicy chorizo sausage with potato as a filling was worth […]

Kudos in a flash

Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

“Thanks, Mom. That was good.” A rare but welcome comment on Meatless Monday. So what went right? It was worth introspection, given the recent hue and cry over vegetarian meals: 1- Fresh local ingredients. Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets. Fresh baby bok choy. 2- Limited time. With only  20 minutes to slam together a meal […]

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 […]

Rebounding with last-minute penne

Posted by on December 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

So what happens when you walk into the kitchen with a half-baked plan? You end up baking something else altogether.  I was all set to whip together a quick green curry with chicken and eggplant, but I neglected to check the pantry beforehand. No coconut milk. Green curry was off the menu. But what to […]