Friday, May 27, 2011

Rigatoni with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Tired of pasta with tomato sauce?  Try this tasty variation with true tomato and basil flavors.  I was intrigued by the idea of making sauce with sun-dried tomatoes. (It really works!)

This makes a quick weeknight dinner with a salad and a loaf of crusty bread.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

White Ruffy Meunière

Sole Meunière is a classic dish, I know.  But it has never worked for me.  Those paper thin fillets always break up in the frying pan.  One day, I had frozen white ruffy from Trader Joe's in my freezer and I wondered...could I make White Ruffy Meunière?  I am happy to report that the answer is yes, yes, yes!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I am usually wary of recipes on packages, but I decided to give this one a chance since it was a Grand Prize winner in a Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods baking contest.  It did not disappoint.

This recipe makes a small cake, perfect for a family meal.  It is 'uncommonly moist and flavorful' as described on the back of a bag of Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour.  It is not overly sweet, however, and although I do not usually frost carrot cake, I did in this instance.  Happily, the cream cheese frosting is quick to make and lower calorie than most recipes.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mom's Cough and Cold Remedies

My son complained of a sore throat two weeks ago.  I made him a sore throat remedy that my mother used to make for me. He is still requesting it daily, with no sign of a sore throat.  It really is yummy, and very soothing for a sore throat.

Quinoa and Black Beans

Last week we went to a swim team potluck and I signed up to bring a dish to share.  I decided to put my name down under the category of "Vegan Main Dish" because it was absolutely wide open. (Guess why?) Just in case you ever find yourself in the same spot, this recipe will bail you out.  It doubles easily to serve 12.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Campanelle with Zucchini, Ham and Green Onion

Here is another excellent light pasta dish from Martha Stewart Living.  I made it the other night for my daughter and several of her friends, all seventh-grade girls.  They had to eat on the run while I drove them to a school play, so I packed up dinner-sized portions of the pasta in plastic tupperware containers. Later that night, when I brought in the containers from the car I noticed that there was not one lettuce leaf or piece of pasta left.  They'd practically licked the tupperware clean.

Vegan Oatmeal Cinnamon Scones

On Mother's Day, my husband made a trip to French Meadow Bakery for scones because he knows that they are my favorite.  He brought home a selection including a vegan scone, which turned out to be the best of all!  It was much drier and crisper than a traditional scone, but it had a pleasing oatiness to it.  It reminded me of an oversized version of an irish oatcake.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lasagna, Deconstructed

The folks at Martha Stewart Living have too much time on their hands.  I know this because I just wandered onto their site to see if I could find a copy of the recipe I had tried from the latest issue of the magazine.  But I could not.  Why?  Because while the magazine offered about half a dozen pasta recipes, the website has recipes for 101!  101 Easy Pasta Dinners!  How many chefs do they have in their test kitchen?  And how many pounds of pasta do they have in their pantry?


We had horchata for the first time on a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.  Horchata is a refreshing cinnamon-rice drink, a perfect accompaniment for Mexican meals, but we had not been able to come up with a simple way to replicate it at home.  Most recipes call for grinding rice with water and letting it sit for several hours.  That's too much work for a beverage.  (I'm sure you would agree.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Beans and Greens Tacos with Goat Cheese

Martha Stewart Living offered up this fresh and flavorful recipe in the current issue.  I made it for dinner last night.  Of course, I had to make some changes.

I used yellow corn tortillas instead of white (couldn't find them), organic spring green salad mix instead of chard, garbanzo beans instead of cannellini.  This makes a great spring or summer weeknight dinner served with corn on the cob and horchata, a Mexican rice drink.

Poached Salmon with Lime-Ginger Sauce

I bought a very expensive piece of salmon and could not bear to cook it in a way that would render it dry and flaky.  This piece of fish was toooo good for that.

I happened upon this recipe for an easy poaching method with a nice light sauce.  Although I had to make some substitutions (thyme instead of basil, ground ginger instead of fresh), it turned out well.  Moist and flavorful!