Panko Crusted Salmon

I have never reacted to a dish like I did to this one. I basically danced in my chair and praised Jesus for making salmon and panko bread crumbs and all these things. This is from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? I made one slight addition to her recipe, which I shall tell you … Continue reading

Summer Scafata

Oh, my goodness people. Please make this soon. This seems very simple. Boring, even. And Zucchini? Please. But everything comes together and cooks and becomes….divine. I was doing a happy dance in the kitchen after my first bowl of this.  This is a simple vegetable stew that will make you believe in veggies.  After about … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo: Easy Mexican meal

For this year’s Cinco de Mayo, I decided to try two Pioneer Woman recipes: Tequila Lime Chicken (OK, sans tequila, because I didn’t have any) and Mexican rice. Here ‘s the rice: Mexican Rice And here’s the chicken! Instead of tequila, I used EVOO to give the marinade the body it needed. But go ahead … Continue reading

Pasta with asparagus and lemony bread crumbs

This is slightly adapted from The Chew’s cookbook–the market didn’t have any fresh peas yet, so I omitted them and used only asparagus. If you’ve never cooked with asparagus, there’s an easy way to tell what part is edible: bend the stalk in half. The top part, the good part, and the bottom, woody part, will separate. … Continue reading

Valentine Day Hash

Nigella Lawson lists this recipe in Feast as the Valentine’s Day meal for one. Since I am (again) solitary on V-Day, I made this. It is very simple: onion, potato, olive oil, cayenne pepper, and an egg, if you want it. Sometimes I add the egg, sometimes I don’t. Onion and Potato Hash 1 small onion 1 … Continue reading

The Perfect Carbonara

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this until now! Bad me! So, it’s snowing again. This year, there’s been a lot of that. So I was pondering my lunch options, and then I realized: carbonara. It’s perfect for winter (It’s really perfect anytime, though it’s more of a fall/winter dish, in general) and I … Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp with Yogurt

I really didn’t want to cook tonight. This was strange, because I had just gotten two new cookbooks for Christmas (Dinner: A Love Story, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook) and I’d drooled over their lovely pages over the longish break. I didn’t have time to do much cooking beyond the basics, since I was in a … Continue reading