Ask me about my favorite meal. You’ll guess something exotic or fancy, but your guess would be wrong. I adore meatloaf and mashed potatoes, my ultimate comfort meal. Today’s Turkey Apple Meatloaf, with its glaze of apple butter and dijon mustard, is easy yet a tiny bit fancy. Continue reading →
My favorite part of the humble chicken is the thigh, braised in a savory sauce until the meat is meltingly tender and falling off the bone. This recipe for Chicken Tenders with Meyer Lemon Salsa makes me temporarily forget the pleasures of darker meat in favor of quick and easy preparation with no waste and no trimming. Chicken tenders are so readily available that I end up using them for nearly all my recipes for chicken breast. Continue reading →
Chilly days are all in a row and that can only mean one thing : soup weather. This Smoked Turkey Split Pea Soup is hearty enough for both lunch and dinner. Today’s chunky soup has vegetables and bits of smoked turkey, easily found in any grocery deli and sliced for cubing. One pound of split peas makes a decent amount of soup, especially since it thickens so much on standing and takes to dilution well for those with a yen for broth. Continue reading →
The end of year holiday rush has begun. It may look a bit different, with less store browsing, but even still there is the looming year end rush to get everything done so we can relax. Hopefully we will remember the relax part. Continue reading →
The enjoyment of pasta for me has always been about either the sauce on top or the cheesy goodness stuffed inside the pasta. Those of you who can relate will like this Butternut Pecan Cannelloni, flat pasta sheets stuffed with creamy cheese, toasted pecans and roasted butternut squash, topped with a tart caper tomato sauce which marries well with the slightly sweet filling. Continue reading →
Here’s what I love about tostadas and tacos. One or two makes a fine snack or appetizer and several make a filling meal. Given a wide variety of tastes at the table, they can be made vegan, vegetarian or carnivore style with all types of meats and seafood. Spiciness can be customized with homemade or store bought salsas with varying levels of heat. In short, these are ideal for crowds. Continue reading →
Ever skip a recipe with “grilled” in the title because you either don’t have a grill or don’t want to bother with grill setup? Me, too, except in this case my grill is currently snoozing and I’m too lazy to replace the tank. Cast iron grill pan to the rescue, and failing that, the oven broiler. Both of these are great substitutes for grilling. Smoky flavor will not be imparted but with items like shrimp which take minutes if not seconds to cook, that won’t matter. Continue reading →
This spring vegetable dish can be called either a frittata or a crustless quiche, for those of us too lazy to make crust or simply wanting the delicious innards of a quiche without the extra starch from a pastry shell.
Hearty comfort food is the norm these days. Lasagna is the one dish meal I think of for an explosion of flavor and texture that appeals to my sense of comfort. In my quest to reduce red meat consumption, there is one champion and that is Beyond Meat. Earlier incarnations of vegan meat substitutes were riddled with soy and wheat, both allergens for me and many others, but these delicious burgers, crumbles and link sausages are made with pea protein. They are damn good.
Our wonderful public radio station asked me recently on Instagram “What is your favorite snow day meal?” Even though it was spring and not a snowflake in sight (or hindsight, darn it) I did not hesitate when I answered Beans and Greens. Truthfully, if the thermometer read triple digits, my answer would be the same. We all need a little extra comfort in these trying times, and it’s time to recast that original recipe with some nice sausage for an extra filling and homey dish that can both feed a crowd or dwell faithfully in your freezer for when you need a culinary hug.