vegetarian mains

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 […]

Tofu takes a turn on the rim

Posted by on April 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Sneaking tofu into Whole Grain Wednesday’s warm quinoa salad with shrimp and asparagus didn’t work out so well. “Mom, here’s the thing.  It has no taste.” Son #1 was carefully parking the fried tofu squares along the rim of his plate. “Don’t listen to him. It’s delicious!” declared my husband, ever the supportive voice at […]

“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 […]

Savory start to the week

Posted by on March 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

The week got off to a fabulous start on Sunday with my husband at the stove and me nowhere in sight. Though my husband took over the cooking on Sundays a few months ago, he has been often apologetic about the results (unnecessarily so … I’m grateful for the reprieve and he’s a decent cook […]

Lip-smacking surprise on Meatless Monday

Posted by on March 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Unbelievable. There we sat on Meatless Monday, the boys’ most dreaded meal plan theme of the week, and Son #1 was dipping his finger into his bowl of Thai chickpeas to scrape up the remnants of the sauce. “So you liked it!” I exclaimed in wonder. “I bet it was the sweet potatoes.” Not that […]

Menu mantra: color, temperature, texture

Posted by on February 22, 2011 at 6:59 am
Brown rice w/sauteed vegetables; smoked salmon

A young man in his last semester of high school recently told me about his plans to attend culinary school this fall.  What inspires him? “My Mom’s a great cook,” he said. “She rarely follows the recipe; adapts everything to what we like. She likes to explores new tastes.” Mom as role model in the […]

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 […]

Bacon or not, meal plan scores

Posted by on January 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I knew last week’s meal plan would be a guy-pleaser — pot pie (two ways); “jig-inducing” falafel burgers; gourmet mac n cheese from Met market. I didn’t expect the ultimate expression of delight over Friday night’s steak dinner: “Does the steak have bacon in it? ” Son #2 was earnest. “It’s so good!” We had […]

Quarrels over quinoa

Posted by on January 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

“I can’t eat that.” Son #1 stared at his plate, outright defiant. “But it’s an ancient grain grown 12,000 feet above sea level!” I explained, relishing every bite of the quinoa with grilled zucchini, red peppers, garbanzo beans and cumin. “No. You keep making all these meals from other places. South Korea, Antarctica, the Andes.”  […]