Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to Deal With Food Issues of Friends: Caesar Salads

I have friends who don’t eat red meat, but eat poultry, or eat just grass fed beef and free range chicken. Or who eat none of the above, but just fish, or just shellfish, or no flesh of any animal at all but will eat cheese and eggs. Or are total vegans and will have…

Sudden Supper: One Pot Pasta

I came up with this one evening when R. and I arrived home hungry with nothing planned for dinner.  It was made out of what was in the fridge and turned out to be really good. So last night I made it for friend who came over at the last minute for dinner. I asked…

The Orange Dinner

Ever since a disaster dinner the other night, I’ve been thinking of adding this new category to the blog. I didn’t want to depress anybody but on the other hand, sometimes misery loves company. Two nights ago I had a total culinary meltdown. Normally I try out a new dish just on R. and I…

Smoked White Fish with Friends

I’ve had a smoked white fish from Costco sitting in the fridge since the holidays. I thought I’d serve it for the Christmas Buffet but Googling what to do with it scared me (bones were apparently a problem) and what with shelling those four pounds of shrimp for the buffet, I never got around to…

At War With Darth: My New Rice Cooker

Part of learning how to cook is the acquisition of new stuff. Or so I tell myself as I give in to my wee  bit of a shopping addiction in the kitchen department at T.J. Maxx.  Some stuff is really helpful, like my previously mentioned (and photographed) zester.  And my immersion blender which I’m in…

A Guy Dinner: Meat and Potatoes for R’s Birthday

For my husband’s birthday, two days after Christmas, we had another dinner party. A very easy one, with red meat included because that’s what he wanted, and also carrots which he loves and I’d never cooked before. In spite of my oh-my-God-I-don’t-want-to-overcook-this-beef panic and the carrots, it turned into a very simple dinner. Here’s the…