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

“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

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

Eating Down the Kitchen

I got this idea a few years ago from then Washington Post blogger Kim O’Donnel. The idea is what it sounds like: don’t shop for groceries, but use what you already have in your house. (Except she called it Eating Down the Fridge, which is a great thing to do, as well.) I try to … Continue reading

Cooking with Julia: Concombres au buerre

So tomorrow is Julia Child’s 100th birthday. In her honor, I re-watched Julie and Julia, got Vol. II of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and started reading a book of her letters with Avis DeVoto. I am in full French Cooking mode. I’m not alone; quite a bit of the blogosphere is as well. PBS has … Continue reading

Preserving summer: Slow-roasting tomatoes

Friends, one of my favorite parts of summer is here! That’s right. Tomato season. Since my own tomato plant was stolen (yes, really) back in the spring, I have had to rely on the local markets to start giving me local tomatoes, because they are much better than any other kind you can get. And … Continue reading