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 […]

Week’s-end Reflection: A Mealtime Manifesto

Posted by on January 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

We have a fairly simple rule around our house: You eat what you are served. It’s not that my kids will eat anything. Wouldn’t we all love to say that? I can anticipate their reaction when I’ve had a heavy hand with the chipotle or I try to slip goat cheese into the eggs. One […]

Patriotic Pancakes – who knew?

Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

If the typical 4th of July BBQ seems a bit boring, why not kick the day off with some red, white and blue on the griddle? Check out Jim’s Pancakes for his flag creation and other spectacular ideas sure to start any day off right. He even includes videos if you want to follow along. […]

Friday night fun

Posted by on June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Any reason NOT TO COOK on Friday night is a sound one to me. Last week’s excuse was particularly tasty one — an ad hoc potluck with the Bunco group. A silly game of Bunco is an excellent reason for the ladies in the ‘hood to catch up over wine and share some mighty fine […]

Relaxing weekend faves

Posted by on April 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Last weekend was nice and easy – hanging close to home after a busy vacation to regroup and yes, cook.  I retrieved two favorite recipes for a relaxed time in the kitchen. Greek Scampi with Orzo – I LOVE this recipe and it’s so easy. It’s my go-to recipe when I find wild domestic shrimp […]

Cola corned beef brisket and oh, that cabbage …

Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

It didn’t take too much encouragement from readers for me to try the Coca-cola-stoked corned beef dinner in the slow cooker. I couldn’t find a full recipe for this cola concoction on the web, so I adapted this one. With  potatoes, carrots and onions, along with the brisket, can of Coke (real, not diet, not […]

Jamie's roast chicken, adapted

Posted by on March 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I have a small collection of roast chicken recipes.  It seems one would suffice but I’m always on the lookout for a slightly better rendition.  I decided to give Jamie Oliver’s version a spin this weekend: Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary Roast Potatoes. I just may have to give up the rest of the […]

Breaking in the pressure cooker

Posted by on March 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Saving time AND energy seems like an awfully good idea.  I guess I lot of people think so. The pressure cooker my husband ordered as Christmas gift arrived just last week, two months on back order. It was worth the wait! The Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker is a beauty. Fortunately, we decided to christen it […]

When he cooks …

Posted by on February 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

… I smile. Weekends are perfect for a shift in the kitchen. I was particularly happy to see my husband take over this weekend after a rough week at work and an annoying head cold. “Dinner’s ready” was music to my ears Saturday night.  I was cranking away on a presentation while he rustled up […]

Sunday spaghetti with "real" meatballs

Posted by on February 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

We had a particularly quiet weekend since our sons were away on a Scout winter camp-out.  They slept in tents in the snow, pushed a human “dog sled” around a farm and did all the other things that boys do when they’re free to roam and there’s lots of white stuff on the ground. It […]