Box-free macaroni and cheese

19th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

A friend of mine, who should really know better, recently discovered that she doesn’t know how to cook. Turns out, boiling water and opening a box doesn’t really help with, say, baking. It’s also not good when trying to switch to a diet with less processed foods and processed foods are the only kinds you […] Read More

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

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

Spring time the Italian way

10th May, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

It’s always interesting to see how a dish evolves once it leaves it’s home base. Depending on the taste buds of the people cooking, ingredients can get added in that the original creators never dreamed of. Or, depending on what’s available, things get left out that some would consider indispensable. No matter what, the dish […] Read More

A hot breakfast, layer by layer

14th December, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

As the holiday approaches and our extended families pile into our homes, it’s time to start scouting out meals and dishes that can be made ahead of time. Preferably far enough ahead to allow us to sleep in for an hour or two. That’s where the strata comes in. Layers of bread, cheese and anything […] Read More

Comfort food gourmet style

28th October, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Allow us for a moment to consider the humble sandwich. It’s generally the first “meal” most of us learn how to put together: bread, whatever filling we can reach that doesn’t involve heat or sharp things, more bread, chow down. What could be simpler? Well, nothing really. But the fun question is what can we […] Read More

Cheese and crackers variations

18th February, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

I’ve been on the lookout for easy food to bring to parties that doesn’t require huge amounts of effort on my part and has ingredients that are easy to keep on hand. Something versatile and easy to transport is also a plus. Baked brie cheese seems to fit the bill pretty nicely. Baked brie is […] Read More