French Onion Soup

OK, yes, there are a million versions of this. I’ve tried Ina’s, I’ve tried Julia’s. This one is from Joanne Harris’ My French Kitchen. Since it’s snowing, snowing, snowing outside, I thought soup would be an excellent dinner, especially one that requires lots of hands-off time, like this one does. I’m not going anywhere (really can’t go anywhere–my … Continue reading

“As You Wish” beef stew

One of my guilty pleasures is watching The Chew when I have a weekday off. Today the theme was Dinner and a Movie, and for The Princess Bride, Michael Symon gave us this beef stew recipe. I love both the movie and a good beef stew, so I share it with you.  When it’s snowing and … Continue reading

Christmas Cheese Ball

This was a huge hit with my family this year–it’s gone, all gone, which makes me sad, because I didn’t get nearly enough of it. My family eats dinner after 4:00 Christmas Eve Mass, so around 6:00 we were beginning our dinner at a local Italian place. However, this still means we’ll need some nibblies for the … Continue reading

Sweet and sour pork stir-fry

So, Giant Eagle foiled my kedgeree plans–NO COD–so I made the stir-fry that was scheduled for next Monday, instead, so that I don’t have to worry about the veggies going bad. This is one of my favorite, favorite meals. Fast, easy (although read through the recipe first, so you know what you have to do … Continue reading

French Garlic Soup

Over the past week, I had the cold bug that’s making the rounds. And when you have a cold, what do you want? Soup. At least, I do. I ate the soup I had on hand in cans (which I stockpile for occasions like this), but then I wanted more. So I started going through … Continue reading

Menu plan for Christmas Week 2012

When I’m home for Christmas break, I love to cook, especially when it’s going to be chilly like it’s forecasted to be. This year is a bit busier than other years, but I’ve still got a lot of cooking planned. Here’s what’s up: (bold is a new recipe!) Tomorrow: Assuming no other dinner plans pop up, … Continue reading

Cacio et Pepi

There are many, many ways to make Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper–cacio et pepi. It’s an exercise in statistics, almost: how many combinations are there of pasta, cheese and pepper? A lot. People add butter. They add oil. They add butter AND oil. They add none of those interlopers. I used to use a … Continue reading