Category Archives: Delicious Dinners

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!

Faux Pho

At this point you may have noticed that I enjoy Asian noodle dishes. I have a noodle tag, a full forty percent of my posts are about Asian noodles, and so forth. The fact of the matter is that I enjoy noodles of all stripes, and am bent on finding new ways to dress them up in saucy goodness and consume them. I’m not picky – I go for Italian (but I’m far outshined by hubby’s grandma in that department), or the German Spaetzel (pronounced with extra spit), but just as often I opt for one of the endless combinations of noodly love that can be built with a few simple core ingredients: Flat rice noodles, garlic, soy, sesame oil, Sriracha and lime juice. With these in your cabinet, plus a few supplementals, and willingness to experiment, a whole world of pan-Asian goodness opens up to you.

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Stuffed Chicken is for Girls

Whether you feel terrified, excited, or utterly ambivalent about moving to a new city, odds are, the prospect of making new friends sounds completely daunting. Thus was my experience upon relocating for my first post-college, real life, grownup job. I was lucky enough to have one awesome girl friend already living in the area, but was otherwise without peeps. Then, through the good graces of bocce (the game) I became friends with April (the person) who let me in on the best tradition ever. Continue reading Stuffed Chicken is for Girls

Straight to the point grilled corn

No funny story or quippy remarks about this one folks. You don’t mess around with grilled corn. You just don’t.

Inspiration: none needed. Grilled corn speaks for itself.

Time commitment: T minus 20 minutes

The goods: 

  1. 4 ears sweet corn
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. Salt and pepper to taste

Optional herbification: Rosemary, thyme, or tarragon can be nice additions to the last step.

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