Spicy Chicken Thighs for Matthew Francis

The cousin closest to me in age is my cousin Diane, who lives in Houston now with her Italian husband and three kids. Today she gave birth to the third, a son (their first), whom they named Matthew Francis. This recipe is hereby named after him; I was going to make this tonight anyway, but … 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

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

Milanese Chicken with roasted tomatos

It’s summer. That means–tomatoes! Lovely, lovely tomatoes springing up all over! (Yes, I just got my Carousel geek on. Feel free to ignore.) This is a really fast chicken recipe that has a lovely side of roasted grape/cherry/other small tomatoes. The chicken takes about 10 minutes, total, to make, so you’ll want to start the … Continue reading