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

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

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

French Onion Soup

OK, yes, there are a million versions of this. I’ve tried Ina’s, I’ve tried Julia’s. This one is from Joanne Harris’ My French Kitchen. Since it’s snowing, snowing, snowing outside, I thought soup would be an excellent dinner, especially one that requires lots of hands-off time, like this one does. I’m not going anywhere (really can’t go anywhere–my … Continue reading

Christmas Cheese Ball

This was a huge hit with my family this year–it’s gone, all gone, which makes me sad, because I didn’t get nearly enough of it. My family eats dinner after 4:00 Christmas Eve Mass, so around 6:00 we were beginning our dinner at a local Italian place. However, this still means we’ll need some nibblies for the … Continue reading