Lemon Broccolini

An easy recipe from the Food Network. INGREDIENTS 1 pound broccolini 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Wash and trim the broccolini and steam for 5 minutes, until it is crisp yet tender. Drain. In a small bowl, whisk…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pears

Happy Fall! The holidays are almost here and this is one of my favorite sides for Thanksgiving. (Photos when I make it in a couple of weeks!) TIME/SERVINGS Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins Makes: 4 to 6 servings INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground…

Covid(-19) Diaries: Simple Stir Fry Sauce

An easy stir fry sauce that you can probably make right now: 3 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. cornstarch 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger (optional, but tastier) Add this to the pot after you’ve cooked all the meat/veg. Stir the sauce through. Let it cook a bit on lower heat until it’s…

Cuban-inspired Beans & Rice

This is a fast, easy recipe for those nights when you want something healthy and light, but satisfying. I’ve also added meat to mine, on the nights when I really do need to eat more protein (and accepting it’s a little less healthy this way.) You can easily make it with or without the polish…

Easiest Chicken Piccata

This is such a simple recipe to make, and I love having dinners that can be whipped up relatively fast. Ingredients Chicken cutlets, sliced or pounded thin Flour or breadcrumbs Eggs (maybe, if you use breadcrumbs) a lemon 1 tablespoon of butter, or Earth Balance if you can’t eat dairy 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/4…

Use Your Oven: Veg & Herbs

There are lots of ways to cook veggies, but I love how roasting them releases their true taste and sweetness. Plus, it’s too easy to *not do. With regular veggies – the kind you can get cut up in a bag, for instance – or carrot sticks, etc., you can just put them in a…

What is a Pumpernickel Bagel, Anyway?

Such an odd word, “pumpernickel.” As a kid, I wouldn’t eat it because the word was a bit intimidating and I wasn’t sure what I’d be eating. Turns out, it’s just a weird “fart word” for dark rye bread. And for non-U.S. audiences, bagels are a type of bread roll of unconfirmed origin and strongly…

Farfalle & Tomatoes

My favorite, simple dinner is fast and easy to make. The key is having a good oil (I prefer Colavita) and fresh ingredients – even better if you have fresh pasta, too, but that’s not necessary. Ingredients: 1-pound box Farfalle (or penne if you prefer – any pasta will work, honestly) 4-5 fresh Roma or…

Cashew nut “ricotta”

I love cheese. Really. I do. I. Love. Cheese. I never realized how much of it I ate, either, until I finally figured out that I actually am allergic to dairy, and gave it up. So, while my sinuses are forever grateful, my nose can properly function again and my skin is generally relieved, my…