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

Croque Monsieur

This is one of my favorite sandwiches to make, and they are so easy! The recipe is adapted slightly from Jacque Pepin’s book Essential Pepin. If you want to make a croque madame, use chicken instead of ham. This makes as many as you want! I usually eat two for lunch since they’re sort of small. For each … Continue reading

Tagliata steak for one

This is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s new book, Nigellissima, which is chock-full of Italian inspired recipes. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a few months now and finally got ’round to it. In her book, it serves two, but I used a smaller steak. That’s the only change I made–I kept the marinade and … Continue reading

Greens with avocado and tuna

This is another Ballet Beautiful recipe, and it’s a wonderful, filing, fresh lunch! If you’re allergic to fish you could leave it out and replace it with shredded or cubed chicken, for the protein. Salad greens for 1-2 1 can (4 oz.) tuna in olive oil 1 avocado, halved and diced 1 cucumber, chopped Freshly … Continue reading

Prima Ballerina Salad

This recipe-the bones of it, anyway–came from Mary Helen Bower’s book Ballet Beautiful. She was a dancer with New York City Ballet (Balanchine’s company), and the dancer who trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. Ballet Beautiful is the name of her company, which provides ballet workouts and tips for transforming your body into … Continue reading