I don’t know who to “blame” for me whipping up this Southern Tomato Gravy the other day. Certainly not all my family that has migrated down to Georgia because I have never had Southern Tomato Gravy at their homes nor heard the words Tomato Gravy pass their lips. I knew it was going to be just the thing to go over the leftover Biscuits I made the other day, though.
Cheese Tortellini & Asparagus in Brown Butter Sauce is super simple, super fast and super delish! It also has just a bit of a sophisticated air about it, which means it’s perfect fast meal for a family dinner or great if a friend or two drops by. “Would you like to stay for dinner?” “Umm, yes!”
We’re finally getting some cool days and that means the tomatoes in our little garden will be slowing down. I snuck a few to make this very easy Rustic Tomato & Cararmelized Onion Galette.
With the holiday coming up, I’m craving what seems to be commonly dubbed Cold “Asian” Peanut Noodle salad. This is a great dish for a party, cook out or a potluck, Really, you never know who might show up at a party and this is popular with vegetarians and meat eaters, alike.
Hot, sticky summer days are here – perfect days to think about NOT heating up the house and about eating light & healthy. And when light and healthy means cool and delicious, too, like this Pesto Pasta Salad, that’s a winner.
I’m sure more than a few of you who stop by my blog or get email updates on what I’m cooking up also follow Suzanne from A Pug in the Kitchen. If you don’t, you’re missing out on a very special blog from a charming lady & her sidekick Percy. You’ll find a post from me there, for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce. So there, that’s your “teaser” so click over now to find out more about this enticing recipe, and be sure to take a few minutes to explore Suzanne’s blog while you’re there. 🙂
Finally the tomatoes are coming in more than one or two at a time in our little garden – and here’s a recipe to take advantage of the best tomatoes of the season, no matter where you get them from.
I wasn’t just going on and on about the Chickpea in previous post for the fun of it! 🙂 I am absolutely enamoured by this main dish salad. It’s full of fantastic good for you ingredients: Spinach, Chickpeas, Olives and Oven Roasted Cauliflower and is set off beautifully by the home-made dressing.
Hummus, here in the US, is often spelled as shown, but I suspect this is a phonetic rendering and in most areas of the world is spelled just like Elaine over at Foodbod does, Homous. See, Elaine and I got to talking about Hummus/Homous after Ginger from Ginger & Bread and I did dual posts about her Viennese Schnitzel compared to my Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.
When January rolls around, I like to take stock and go through the pantry to see what needs to be used. This year, merry little red lentils were calling, “Use me! Use me!” Well, I did and made Thai Red Lentil Soup with Coconut & Curry.
I believe any food can be made delicious with the right treatment, but I’ve had a hard time warming up to squashes. Too often, I’ve served them because they’re so good for us but my sister-in-law showed me the error of my ways. This little side dish of zucchini and yellow squash is absolutely scrumptious!
A fantastic budget item for the buffet, these Stuffed Mushrooms are a bit different from some. A moderate amount of Sherry or Marsala adds a lot of flavor, but they’re dry roasted in the oven. The mushroom flavor intensifies, and these are every bit as good with a plain old button as they are with any of the fancier mushrooms – even better as they’re a bit more tender.
Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!
Hippocrates lived around 460 B.C.; amazing isn’t that we still haven’t learned this lesson – at least I always need to keep reminding myself! One thing I do right is to make Green Smoothies on a Budget.
“Let Food be thy Medicine, and Medicine be thy Food.”
One of my favorite recipes is really a “non” recipe. Too simple, really, to even be written down! Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are one of my favorite sides, about 10 minutes to make and delicious. They’re great in the summer when cherry tomatoes are at their peak, and nearly as good during the winter months. Cherry tomatoes pack a ton of flavor, even off-season.
This gorgeous salad is a great summer side and the black beans and quinoa provide enough protein to justify serving it as a vegetarian main dish meal. Lime, garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes make this a fresh, fragrant and (I always smile when I say this word) zesty dish.
One of my all time favorite Mexican foods is Rajas – mild Poblano peppers, roasted, cut in strips and in the case of “con Crema” simmered for a few minutes in cream. Often served with cheese mixed in, they can be rich or can be served simply, as shown below.
There’s salad, and then there’s SALAD – you know, the one that shouts rather than whispers? The one you want MORE of…the salad that has that little something extra to take it over the top. What is it about salty, sweet, tart that makes you want to take another bite and another and another…
I can’t remember the last time I had Falafel – college maybe? It seems there is always some wonderful place near a college in every city I’ve lived in…but who wants to take a drive just to have the experience? Surprisingly easy to make at home, you can customize them just the way you’d like.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that “Foodies” fight about the most! Pesto is one of those simple things we so often make complicated…
In the small Iowa town I grew up in, we had one Greek family – the Grandmother of the family lived across the street from us, and my sister is forever best friends with one of her grandchildren.
Now that fall is nipping at us here and there in Minnesota, I can’t help but think “soup!” As far as a budget friendly and healthy meal, there’s hardly anything that can beat a Vegetable Soup – and it’s such a classic, it doesn’t even read “budget” or “healthy,” it just reads “Good!”
Here’s the thing about Ratatouille – it’s originally a Provencal vegetable stew, and like any stew, just calls out for the personalized touch. Don’t like eggplant – who cares? Peppers aren’t your thing? Use something else. I think you’ll love this version, roughly adapted from Tyler Florence. We do.
When I was a child growing up in a small, Northwestern Iowa town in the 60’s, my Dad had to take a trip to Iowa City and it was my “turn” to go along. I must have been about six or seven, and I can’t remember anything about the trip except we ate at a Chinese restaurant.
When I came across a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that had a head of cauliflower hidden in the sauce, how could I resist? I love the idea of “stealth veggies” and try to take advantage of sneaking extra vegetables in any dish I can.
We’ve had a new addition to the family – last week I was able to visit my lil sis, her son and his wife, and a brand new baby grand-nephew. It was truly a week of excesses, traveling, graduations, Memorial Day.
Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard: Well, she probably didn’t throw together a 20 minute Tomato Sauce, because:
- She wasn’t Italian
- The Cupboard was bare
- She didn’t watch America’s Test Kitchen