Category Archives: Delicious Dinners

Artfully Artichoked Chicken

A few months ago, Hubs and I moved back into the city – the middle of the city to be precise. In addition to having the best Indian food this side of Delhi situated conveniently across the street, we’ve gained all the joys of urban living, from midnight sirens, to outdoor movies, drunk revelers walking home from the bar, fourth of July fireworks, and neighborhood kids running around the block. Amid all this noise, Hubs and I like to venture up, up, and up, again to the roof, where we can take sanctuary and enjoy a break from the world, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon nap and/or icy cocktail. Having taken abundant advantage of the grill weather, a recent rainy day brought me back inside to whip up a quick meal the old fashioned way.

Since we had this whole south-of-France vibe happening, thanks to Hubs’ penchant for Euro lounge music (don’t ask), I figured what better thing to take on than chicken cutlets with artichokes, mushrooms, and lemon. Light and delish.

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Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Olives and Raisins

For me, there are certain flavor combinations that just can’t lose. Like those numbers from LOST, they seem to be everywhere, in everything, and I just can’t escape them. Also like those numbers, they always conveniently seem to be the answer when I just can’t figure out what’s going on.

I abide by a few standard flavor profiles that can be applied to nearly anything. When I’m stuck on what to make, I can’t resist the magic combination of mixed olives, olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs that can elevate any protein or vegetable to rock star status. I especially love pulling in some Eastern Mediterranean spices like Turmeric, Coriander, and Paprika to bring some variety, but simple is great too.

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Adventures in Fish Town, Part II

First things first, an apology to my dedicated readers for this extended hiatus. I was super busy saving the world from assassination robots sent from the future (worked too much in February) solving some cold cases for the FBI (watched all of True Detective and House of Cards) and winning olympic medals (cried tears of joy for Charlie and Meryl). All of which resulted in my adventure in fish town, fun though it promised to be, becoming postponed. Continue reading Adventures in Fish Town, Part II

Sorta Carnitas

You’re tired, you’re hungry, you’re not leaving your house. Story of my life, I totally get it. No judgement. In the off chance that you have leftover pulled pork from a lunch bbq excursion or in my case, a slow-roasted tenderloin sitting around (as we all tend to do from time to time) have I got good news for you!  Continue reading Sorta Carnitas

Adventures in Fish Town, Part 1

The one bad thing about being a newlywed is having to develop a whole new holiday schedule. Whose house, where, how long, mode of travel? To alternate or not to alternate, that is the question… The answer is that we alternate.

The downside of alternating is that each year we miss out on some family traditions, the good side is that we can skip some traditions all together and go on vacation instead. This year, we did both. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I’m in a literary mood this evening, please enjoy.

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Chop ‘Til You Drop

I’m back safe and sound from my holiday hiatus and ready to power through (and share with you) the backlog of festive fare I enjoyed along the way.  A hint for the coming weeks: vacation activities included wrestling some gigantic fish from the deep blue sea. But I digress, as today we’ll be talking about the finest and most scrumptious of land animals, the humble pig. Continue reading Chop ‘Til You Drop

Greeked Out Stuffed Peppers

It may not come as a surprise to you that I come from a food family. That is, to be precise, a long lineage of people who love to cook, eat, and talk about cooking and eating. At 98-years-old, my Great Nana was probably the only person in her nursing home who actively critiqued the cuisine, convinced that the disproportionate amount of pasta clearly pointed to an Italian in the kitchen. Relishing with sighs and closed eyes the baked lobster and fish chowder we’d bring in, sweet little Harriet would scarf it down faster than a woman 70 years her junior and never get enough. This is the gene pool from whence my mom and I came.  Continue reading Greeked Out Stuffed Peppers

Crab and Portobello Ravioli

The glue that holds my marriage together is a strong, mutual, undying love…of carbs. Pasta, the quiet enabler of many nights spent in, blissfully hovering over our dinner plates, wine in hand, feeding our habit from the peace and comfort of our own home. I assure you, it’s not as lame or creepy as that passage makes it sound.

So I already liked making pasta, but then came along the Kitchen-Aid pasta attachment. I’ve had some adventures with hand-rolled pasta in the past, but the attachment makes it possible to get a flat, thin, smooth noodle that you just can’t achieve otherwise. Consistent width = consistent texture when cooked, appealing to my carb addiction and my compulsive desire for balance. Score. Continue reading Crab and Portobello Ravioli

Moussssaka!

If you haven’t had homemade moussaka, I highly suggest you stop what you’re doing right now, get ye to a grocery store and obtain some ground lamb, eggplant, and crushed tomatoes. The rest of the ingredients, and the process, can be modified to meet most restrictions on time, ambition, and calories.

First, take a look at these two equally delicious recipes and develop a hybrid moussaka that works for you. Ignore the béchamel topping for now – we’ll take that on in a little bit.  Continue reading Moussssaka!