Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Anti-pasta salad

This is my version of my mother's pasta salad.  The basics are: squiggly pasta (rotini, cavatappi, etc), cheese, scallions, cherry tomatoes, and italian dressing.  From there you can add whatever you've got around.  In this batch I have some salami and chick peas.
Divide it up into containers and you have lunch for the week (you can get 5 servings easily, but I only need four this week so I made them generous)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pecan Pie Tartlets

These are the favorite thing I make for both my mother AND my mother-in-law, so I made them each a batch for Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Pumpkin stuffed with everything good"

I heard about this receipe on NPR last week and then tracked it down online.

First: open up a pumpkin

Empty it out, then mix up the stuffing and start stuffing it.  Stuffing: stale bread, cheese, crumbled bacon, scallions, garlic, thyme
Then, mix some nutmeg into some cream and pour it in:
Put the top back on and pop it in the over for around 2 hours (take the top back off for the last 20 minutes)
It comes out like this:
You can try slicing it up, but I went with option B which was "stick a spoon in there and mix it all up".  Then serve with bread.  It looks like vomit but it tasted pretty good.
 At the end you get the saddest pumpkin:

I probably wouldn't make this again but I'm glad I tried it.  If anything, I think I would take it one step further and blend it into some chicken broth to make a soup.  It had all the flavor of a rich soup but the texture was a challenge.  But hey, now I've cooked a pumpkin!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

lazy sunday

I was in a cooking mood today, and it was also grocery day, so that worked out nicely.  Here are three things I made: ham and cheese crescent rolls, green bean casserole (from scratch - campbell's had nothing to do with this), and monkey bread (decidedly not from scratch - it uses prefab biscuit dough).  I also made a chocolate pudding pie, which was also decidedly not from scratch, but will definitely be delicious.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Roast pork with fennel

Another fall favorite: roast pork coated in fennel and garlic, with potatoes, onions and pears

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello, fall food!

Lemon-rosemary grilled chicken, mashed butternut squash, sauteed brussels sprouts, and the classic roll from a blue tube. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here we go again

Just as I got started cooking again I got really sick for awhile and didn't feel like doing squat.  But that's finally over, so here's the tamale pie I made tonight:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

back online... for one day

We're all moved in to our new house, which means I'm cooking again.  Here's two dinners from this week, followed by a bonus shot of the sampler appetizer platter at Thai Awesome.  Oh, and I'll be out of town for a week starting tomorrow, so we'll be back on hiatus until then.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Some things I've cooked this week

This all goes in one post today because I'm just a wee bit distracted by not yet knowing what time my house closing is tomorrow!  Anyway, it's: German Apple Strudel (baked for the photo for my cookbook), chicken parm (and then close-up), pepperoni pizza, and Muffins Amazing (also for cookbook).

Friday, August 13, 2010

A recent favorite

Cashew-crusted mahi mahi, with brown rice and green beans.  I even plated it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A good idea in theory

Turkey-cheddar-bacon-apple melts.  They needed less bread and more cheese, I think.

a couple of skillet dinners

Tuna "casserole" and chicken with broccoli and ziti.


It's cod under all the crunchy spicy goodness.  And yeah, the official name on the recipe is "crunchy baked fish" but that's not what we call it. 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I love you so much, you almost make me forget about tacos

The other night I was at a bar in Brooklyn, and my friend came in with tacos.  She's the kind of person who brings tacos to a bar, and I mean that in the best way.  I had a teeny bite, which was mostly cilantro.  And I mean that in the best way.  Mostly, it made me want to make tacos.  So tonight I did:
As you can see, I still have plenty of sangria. 

Sexy beast

There is something about a grilled butterlied chicken that is just very appealing to me.  We're still working the kinks out of our technique as far as cooking time and such, but damn it looks good.