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

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

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