Category Archives: main courses

Spring Breakfast Salad

Spring Breakfast Salad

june 5, 2019

Spring Breakfast Salad

 

Weekends are for big, hearty breakfasts. That’s the mantra at my house, whether it’s early or late (brunch) or a breakfast for dinner. There is extra time to gather colorful, seasonal ingredients and there is time to make something out of the ordinary. The local farmer’s markets have offered spectacular strawberries and tender asparagus from Agriberry Farms, crisp greens (these are from Schuyler Greens and purchased at Little House Green Grocery), fat radishes from Lakeside’s Tiny Acre and pastured eggs. Continue reading

hot and sour scallop soup

Hot and Sour Scallop Soup

april 24, 2019

hot and sour scallop soup

 

Soup is one of those meals enjoyed year round, with seasonal ingredients and temperatures to suit the weather. In summertime, Cucumber Vichyssoise is green and cooling. Autumn calls for Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Cider and Chipotle Spice and winter brings big steaming bowls of White Bean and Cabbage Soup. Spring soups are less heavy, more on the broth spectrum, with light veggies and bright herby flavors. Such is today’s Hot and Sour Scallop Soup, as incendiary as you like with hot pepper and fresh ginger. Continue reading

southwest paneer with peppers and onion

Southwest Paneer with Peppers

april 3,2019

southwest paneer with peppers and onion

Indian food is my absolute favorite cuisine  to cook and also enjoy in restaurants with a bunch of adventuresome  friends who like to share all the flavors and delights of East Asian food. The chewy, waxy, filling nature of paneer cheese brings out the closet vegetarian in me, but I wonder sometimes “why does Indian food get to possessively claim paneer as its own?”. Why not a southwest vibe?

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bean and artichoke pasta bake

Bean and Artichoke Pasta Bake

march 21, 2019

bean and artichoke pasta bake

It would be easy to categorize this dish as a variation of macaroni and cheese, which is what we all tend to call pasta in a creamy, cheesy sauce. But there are veggies in this pasta, with a sauce made creamy from blended white beans and artichoke hearts, as well as feta cheese, and green peas and roasted red pepper nestled among the noodles. This, my friends, is not your mother’s mac and cheese. Continue reading

beans and greens

Beans and Greens

march 6, 2019

beans and greens

Southern comfort food means a big old pot of beans simmering on the stove. And an even bigger pot of slow cooked greens. This recipe combines the two and adds potatoes for good measure, because potatoes are the universal symbol of comfort with any meal.

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black eyed pea and cheddar fritters

Black Eyed Pea and Cheddar Fritters

december 26, 2018

black eyed pea and cheddar fritters

Time once again to eat something special for the new year to bring luck, health and prosperity. And treat your belly to something delicious as well. Of course I’m talking about black eyed peas, which every southerner knows is absolute for the  new year’s menu. The vegan version of Hoppin’ John published a few years ago is a thick stew, or a chunky soup, and can be made with smoked meat for a non-vegan version. Today’s black eyed pea fritters are versatile in that they may serve as an appetizer or a light meal and can be accompanied by all kinds of sauces and spreads.  Continue reading

Goat Cheese Polenta with Mushrooms

november 29, 2018

goat cheese polenta with mushrooms

Here’s one for Meatless Monday. Satisfying in a creamy, hearty, chewy way, this goat cheese polenta with wild mushrooms will feed four as a starter course and two as an entree. I’ve been making polenta with parmesan cheese for eons, and for some reason never thought to try goat cheese. What was I thinking? Even those who have not joined the goat cheese fan club will appreciate the slightly tangy and very creamy addition of chèvre to this dish. Continue reading

Pork Chops with Peach Corn Salsa

july 25, 2018

pork chops with peach corn salsa

One of my tasters for this dish was raised on a farm with real food. She swears these pork chops from Harlow Ridge Farm taste like the pure, unadulterated meat she enjoyed in her youth. I also have a memory of farm raised meats and chicken which had a richer taste and texture than today’s supermarket offerings. Family-owned Harlow Ridge Farm in nearby Hanover County, Virginia, has pasture raised Berkshire and Tamworth pigs as well as beef and poultry. They sell directly from the farm, at local farmer’s markets and at several small grocers. Some of Richmond’s finest dining establishments feature their meats.  Continue reading

Spring Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

june 13, 2018

spring quinoa breakfast bowl

A friend recently consulted a nutritionist who advised her to eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner. I get it—we really should start our day with a hearty meal and end the day lightly to promote restful sleep and sensible habits. Can’t say I always eat a light dinner unless I’m dining at home because evenings out are my favorite type of entertainment and I want a little of everything! Small plates rule, I say. But let’s not examine my habits too closely unless we’re talking about breakfast. Big breakfasts are my thing, whether we’re serving breakfast tostadas or a breakfast salad or a loaded smoothie bowl. No sweet pastry for me. Continue reading

Chicken Lentil Eggplant Stew

april 25, 2018

chicken lentil eggplant stew

Some recipes come to life when all the right ingredients are at hand. Okay, quite often they are born when there is an excess of items in the fridge and pantry. Such was the case recently; too many boneless skinless chicken thighs, an eggplant unused for a cookdate and a full jar of French green lentils. Oh, and those four bottles of pomegranate molasses I purchased, thinking I would eventually put this wonderfully tart-sweet syrup to good use . Each ingredient was giving me the eye and daring me to ignore their union in this savory stew. Continue reading