What's with the Coke-in-a-crockpot search?

Posted by on May 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

It’s amazing how many people want to pour Coca-cola into their slow cookers. At least that’s my takeaway from the statistics on You Ate That??? Keyword searches for “cola,” “slow cooker” and “corned beef” — or any combination thereof — appear to be one of the most common paths for random visitors to find this […]

Organic switcheroo pays off

Posted by on May 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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, […]

Friday night fish – 396 options and more

Posted by on April 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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!

Corned beef in Coke – Lucky or not?

Posted by on March 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Over the years I’ve gotten some great recipe ideas from the folks working in grocery stores. These souls have a special radar that detects the slightest hint of “I’m not sure how I’m going to cook this” crossing my mind. So, as they hand over the goods, they’ll  volunteer their favorite fixings. I once got […]

Swordfish Nicoise

Posted by on March 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Swordfish Nicoise (Parade 19 May 1991) 1) Mix up the marinade: 2 T fresh lemon juice 2 T extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic pressed 1 t. grated orange zest 1 t. finely grated lemon zest 1 t. chopped fresh rosemary 1 t. dried thyme Black pepper to taste 4 swordfish steaks – 1 […]

Peppers Nicoise – old recipe, young fan

Posted by on March 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

“Mom, I need this recipe!” Son #1 was snacking on the remains of a topping for Friday night’s dinner. Earlier he turned up his nose at the Swordfish Nicoise but admitted the fragrant topping of red peppers, onions, olives and citrus zest was tasty. Now he couldn’t get enough of the peppers, separated from the […]

Jamie Oliver: Why food education matters

Posted by on February 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Jamie Oliver of Naked Chef fame delivered a powerful talk this month at TED about his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W.Va. His point: Set a new standard for “fresh, proper food” at school, at home. Major brands must invest in food education.  “It’s profoundly important that every single American child should leave school knowing how […]

Easing into the weekend

Posted by on February 6, 2010 at 12:10 am

As the week came to a close, our dinner plans loosened up considerably.  Thursday night was a hodge-podge. Son #1 stayed home with a chicken bake while son #2 delighted in a Big Mac meal at the McDonald’s drive-thru (two more votes to put me in the Bad Food Mom Hall of Fame). My excuse:  […]

All is calm on Wednesday night

Posted by on February 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm

No one was running out the door tonight.  There was a bit of scurrying around to gather ingredients.  We borrowed a stick of butter from the neighbor.  My husband had to make two trips to the herb garden out back to snag the rosemary (in the dark, savory feels the same).  But we actually ate […]

Dinner on the run

Posted by on January 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Three nights in a row, I’ve grumbled, mumbled, bumbled my way to getting dinner on the table.  Leftovers saved me on Tuesday.  Wednesday I threw together that fried-rice dish lickety-split. Substituted raw sliced sugar snap peas for the frozen peas.  The locally harvested shrimpmeat (tiny little things) was a nice touch. Left the dish steaming […]