30 minutes or less

Insta-meals will do for holiday chaos

Posted by on December 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

There’s something about that crunch period between Thanksgiving and Christmas where every best-laid plan goes haywire. Including meal plans, of course. I’ve been out for weeknight holiday events; the boys have been immersed in final preparations for robotics competition. That leaves my husband wondering what’s for dinner in a bigger way. Last week’s plan was […]

Color matters

Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You know how it is when a song gets stuck in your head and you can’t shake it? And it’s usually a tune you never liked to begin with? This week’s tune was a reflection of our menus. A Whiter Shade of Pale. Argh. While autumn colors are nearing their peak on the […]

Scheming with themed meals

Posted by on October 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

We’re into our third week of themed menus.  No one has run away from home — yet. I’ve learned to compromise.  Better to give in a little than to give up my commitment to healthier eating. This week’s Meatless Monday feature of Thai Broccoli Tofu Stirfry didn’t elicit as many “ew-www’s” as usual about tofu […]

Simplicity for dinner

Posted by on July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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

Posted by on June 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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 […]

The ultimate haute dog

Posted by on June 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I first ate Kobe beef  in Tokyo nearly 10 years ago. A client treated me to dinner at a picturesque Ryotei restaurant serving kaiseki cuisine, the most formal of all Japanese dining experiences. The highlight of our meal was a serving of the highly prized marbled beef about the size of a deck of cards. […]

Pickup sticks with pork and pineapple

Posted by on June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Just the name of this recipe sounds delicious: Pork and Pineapple Pickup Sticks with Savory Mint Mayonnaise.  Shelia Lukins scored with this one from a new favorite addition to my cookbook shelf: Ten: All the Foods We Love. It’s the last book produced by the late Sheila Lukins and I think it’s her best. All […]

Custard-filled cornbread – dinner or dessert?

Posted by on May 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

When I first read the recipe for custard-filled cornbread in Molly Wizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life, I wondered why it lacked a warning label.  Two cups of whole milk, one cup of heavy cream, corn meal, flour, sugar. The fat warning zoomed straight to red on this one. But oh, is it worth it. Molly […]

Burgers in a pinch

Posted by on May 21, 2010 at 10:28 am
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– 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

Posted by on May 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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 […]