Bow tie pasta with asparagus, roasted shallots and blue cheese

5th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Spring is in the air – finally – which means that the vegetables are getting ready to explode. Some have already started turning up and my favorite is one of them: asparagus. Someone started a rumor that the very skinny pencil-thin asparagus spears are preferably to the thicker versions. Not really. They cook up in […] Read More

Fried chicken the easy way

28th March, 2011 - Posted by admin - 1 Comment

Fried chicken regularly makes the list of favorite American meals. It’s been with us for a few centuries now and it’s hard to improve upon the basic recipe: Flour, oil, chicken. Cheap, tasty and all you need to make it is a deep skillet. I’ve made fried chicken many times and the part I always […] Read More

On Top of Spaghetti

28th March, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Every parent I know wants their kids to have an adventurous palate. Every kid I know has gone through a phase of refusing to eat anything other than one or two favorite dishes – chicken fingers tend to be a large part of that. In my family, my brother’s meal of choice was spaghetti with […] Read More

Kale for the end of winter

1st March, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

This is a good time of year for soup. This is also a good time of year to have a recipe on hand that can be cooked in one pot on any heat source in a fairly quick amount of time. In the event of a power outage, having something to whip up can be […] Read More

Wing it

31st January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and with it comes the day of Super Bowl food. According the internet, 5% of the year’s consumption of chicken wings occurs on Super Bowl Sunday, for a total of over a billion wings eaten on one day. That’s a lot of wings. And they are generally served up […] Read More

Grilled cheese, French style

17th January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

It’s hard to beat a sandwich for an easy meal. Bread slice, filling of choice, other bread slice, serve. Cutting optional. But sometimes we need a sandwich that is just a little more. More hot, more cheesy, more fancy, whatever. When it comes to taking a basic food one step beyond, it’s hard to beat […] Read More

Meat and potatoes

12th January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

There are some days when – assuming one is not a vegetarian – a slab of red meat would really hit the spot. We all have our own idea of the “perfect steak”. The beautiful part is that we can all get our perfect steak in the comfort of our own kitchens. If you’ve ever […] Read More

A salad for winter

4th January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Show of hands from everyone who resolved to eat healthier in 2011. Even if you didn’t raise your hand, having another way to get whole grains into your diet is never a bad thing. The latest government food pyramid recommends that we all make “half our grains whole”, which is always good advice no matter […] Read More

Turn turkey into a curried soup

29th November, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Happy post-Thanksgiving one and all! Hopefully you saved your turkey carcass and have already made stock. If you haven’t, then this column is for you. Stock is one of those ingredients that divides the cooks from the people who merely eat. It has a hundred uses, freezes well and doesn’t need much minding, so it […] Read More

Thai shrimp curry

8th November, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Thai food is great for this and the recipe below can be assembled in under ten minutes, making it a great choice for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner. The sauce can be made in advance to speed up the prep work even further. It begins with shrimp – which have the advantage of being the […] Read More

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