Weekday Fried Rice

Long days at work really hamper my desire to prepare elaborate meals.  On days like these, all I want is to go home and have dinner on the table in less than half an hour.  A one-pot meal, even better.  Fortunately, I’ve learned to stock up my pantry/fridge with items that are easy to prepare. […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Amaretti Torte

If you’ve been reading food blogs for at least a couple of years, this recipe would be nothing new to you.  Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking:  From My Home to Yours has earned quite a following, especially when Tuesdays with Dorie set out to bake each recipe in the book in 2008.  Of course, I’m late […]

Tomato and Eggplant Gratin

  Roasted eggplants and roasted tomatoes both appear regularly at our dinner table, but I’ve never tried preparing them together.  The funny thing is, I actually use the same base ingredients to marinate them–olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, garlic–but it never occurred to me to combine the two.  This is what makes cookbooks so fun […]

Greek Salad

Well Mother Nature was apparently just teasing us about the arrival of spring.  The few sunny days we’ve lately enjoyed have been bullied away by the persistent cold and rain.  While the rainfall this season has provided great relief from the previously dry winters, I’ve also missed my friend, the Sun.  I think this is […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

A simple, hearty bowl of chicken soup was the order of the day after a flu virus attacked my unfortunate husband this weekend.  He’s better now, thankfully, and the soup gets all the credit for helping to banish the nasty virus.  Magic Soup, it’s called at Recipezaar, and so it is. The original recipe calls […]

Popcorn Topper: Brewer’s Yeast

I was never much of a plain popcorn fan.  I always thought it was such a waste of chewing effort to eat something so flavorless.  Shocking, I know, since most people (including my husband) could live on the stuff.  This all changed when he introduced me to brewer’s yeast (aka nutritional yeast). Always late to […]

Italian Salsa Verde

In terms of preparation, think pesto sans the basil and cheese.  It’s very easy and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. According to Marcella Hazan in Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, this is typically prepared as an accompaniment to bolito misto (boiled meats), but in the few years that I’ve […]

Salt-Baked Fish

  The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (After Sicily), Sardinia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  The land, the people, the food–all will grab your heart and call you to return again and again.  Outside of Costa Smeralda where the rich and famous moor their yachts and swim in […]