Steak and Blue Cheese Salad

may 26, 2017

steak and blue cheese salad

Warm weather meals can be so simple to prepare and often involve assembly only, with perhaps a little grilling or searing on the side. That’s what this meal is all about. Taking advantage of the local, the seasonal and the colorful, with some pre-meal searing of a versatile and very tasty cut of well-marbleized pasture raised beefsteak.  Continue reading

Moonshine Melon Mint Cocktail

may 12, 2017

moonshine melon mint cocktail

 

Is it summer yet? The calendar may not agree with my assessment, but in Richmond summer appeared sometime in February, when we passed the 80 degree mark, and in April when we soared into the nineties. A stout refusal to turn on the air conditioning (in April!) got me thinking about ways to cool off in front of a fan on the back deck as I fired up the grill.

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Mini Strawberry Cupcakes

april 28, 2017

mini strawberry cupcakes

 

How do you decide which recipes to publish, Michele? Easy. Pick what’s in season and what looks good at the markets. Let me tell you my little secret, however – quite often the recipe is something I want to eat. Eat and share, of course. Today’s recipe for miniature strawberry cupcakes fits the bill on all three counts : local berries are in season, they are looking beautiful at the markets (and the aroma is intoxicating) and I really, really, really want to eat these. Not sure if the sharing aspect will get a workout this go round.

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Asparagus with Smoky Yogurt

april 14, 2017

asparagus with smoky yogurt

 

When asparagus season rolls around, I simply cannot get enough. Plain is fine by me, either roasted or steamed. Sauces for dipping or drizzling, or vinaigrettes for tossing, are also welcome at the table.

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Crunchy Quinoa Vegetable Salad

april 1, 2017

crunchy quinoa vegetable salad

 

You probably have your breakfasts covered, even if your choices are routine and familiar. Perhaps dinners are easy, too, since you cook on the weekends for the week ahead. But lunches may have you scratching your head , as you decide what to pack, if you take a lunch, or where to pick up something not too heavy, something that won’t have you napping in the early afternoon. If you are in the habit of buying lunches out, you may fall into the trap of eating too much in volume and not enough in quality. Continue reading

Sesame Shrimp Toasts

march 18, 2017

sesame shrimp toasts

Most people grow up eating Chinese food (well, American Chinese food) in restaurants with their families or as takeout. Oh, those adorable white paper buckets! My family ate canned chow mein noodles with canned “chop suey” and that was some exotic stuff on the home front. My introduction to restaurant quality Chinese food came late in my college years, when my pals and I explored the DC suburbs in search of cheap eats.

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Moroccan Chicken with Prunes

march 3, 2017

moroccan chicken with prunes

Quinoa makes a great substitute for couscous.

Some years back I was gifted with one of the first Crockpot cookbooks, a used version which, by the looks of the dogeared pages, was at one time much loved. This was before I even had a slow cooker, and after awhile I sent it to the thrift store, since so many of the recipes involved opening cans of condensed soups or packs of spice mixes. The food snob in me declared this was most certainly not cooking, but rather dumping fake ingredients into a machine and waiting for the results, a mix of foods and non-foods which eventually would resemble food.

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Blood Orange Beet Salad

february 11, 2017

blood orange beet salad

February is the month for citrus. Fragrant chubby orbs of red and pink grapefruit, knobby headed tangelos, munchkin clementines, glossy Meyer lemons and vivid cara cara oranges – I love them all, and love to feature them on menus for The Good Eats Company.

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Salted Chocolate Pecan Tart

january 28, 2017

salted chocolate pecan tart

 

Judging by the proliferation of chocolate and salt pairings on menus for both sweet and savory  (salted mocha coffee drinks, chocolate cocktails rimmed with salt, beef dishes braised with chocolate and, of course, chocolate desserts sprinkled with flecks of sea salt), I’d say it’s now safe to admit you like a little salty with your sweet.

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White Bean and Cabbage Soup

january 14, 2017

white bean and cabbage soup

Last weekend Richmond enjoyed the first snow day of winter. The silence was magical and holiday decorations still up were given the seal of authenticity with caps of fluffy snow and dangling icicles. Snowmen appeared as kids and grownups alike frolicked in yards and parks. Snow ice cream recipes were traded and the desserts were devoured and pronounced the best ever because it was so very cold. Continue reading