Using a bed of chopped tomatoes and onions and low heat keeps fish moist while it cooks. Photo by Laura Groch
Lots of people are frightened by fish — by cooking it, to be more exact. It can be intimidating — and easy to dry out — but I think I have a way to keep it moist and cook it more easily.
The idea is to poach the fish over a bed of juicy vegetables so it can’t burn, be overcooked or otherwise become unpalatable. It’s also a way to make use of some of those bushels of tomatoes everyone seems to still be harvesting.
This recipe came from seeing other recipes that called for cooked-down cherry tomatoes. Continue reading
Chili Without Carne goes easy on the chili powder, but is still flavorful. (Photo by Laura Groch)
Anyone who knows me knows better than to invite me to a chili cookout. It’s never been one of my favorite dishes, and when I was a food editor I turned down many requests to judge chili contests. (It just wouldn’t have been fair. I would have rated everything C-minus.)
Chili has wonderful ingredients in it — meat, beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes — but the “authentic” chili seasoning just turns me off. I’ve always found it bitter and harsh. So I Continue reading
My well-thumbed copy of “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School” by Kathleen Flinn is my recommended reading to you for 2019. (Photo by Laura Groch)
If you’re one of the millions who are resolving to change your eating/cooking/food-buying habits in the new year, have I got a recommendation for you. I have meant to write about this book forever, but I just keep rereading it and re-enjoying it for myself. (And procrastinating too, yes.)
But no more. My 2019 resolution is to share this book with you, so: “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks,” by Kathleen Flinn (Penguin Books, 2011).
Here’s the premise. Flinn was in the supermarket one day when she saw a woman whose Continue reading
Fried rice is an easy way to use leftovers and a fun addition to the dinner repertoire. (Photo by Laura Groch)
Lots of folks made ham for Easter, others did a nice brisket for Passover. (We did a pork roast, make what you will of that, Facebook)
So: leftovers. (By now I hope yours are neatly packaged in your freezer, awaiting the call for meals like this.)
This Fried Rice recipe isn’t anything new or fancy, but it’s a fun change of pace and a Continue reading
Pumpkin is a warm, welcome addition to your morning bowl of oatmeal. Photo by Laura Groch
Halloween is over, but pumpkin is still with us. And will be with us through year end. And really beyond, because pumpkin is just too good not to eat more often than just in chilly weather.
It’s nutritious, full of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber, and you can use it in myriad cakes, pies, muffins and cookies — none of which I’m going to discuss here.
Instead, I’m going to suggest a few simple ways to use the rest of that can of pumpkin you Continue reading
“Best by” dates aren’t absolutes. Most canned foods are perfectly fine for up to five years. (Photo by Laura Groch)
For the past three months, I’ve been feeding myself poison.
That is, if you count “Use by,” “Best by” and “Sell by” dates as absolutes when it comes to wholesome food.
Obviously, I don’t.
We’ve recently seen stories about how wasteful Americans are with their food, and how Continue reading
Radish leaves are edible, so why not try them in a salad? (Photo by Laura Groch)
With California’s winter rains flooding out some lettuce farms, greens are going up in price nationwide. Some reports say that lettuce is going for $3.99 a head.
Well, if you use your head, you can still enjoy salads without going broke. Stores and farmers markets still have plenty of less-expensive green leaves to fill your salad bowls.
Green and red cabbage come to my mind first, especially green. Just slice the leaves into Continue reading
Polenta With Arugula (topped with mushrooms I also had on hand) was a delicious solution to the problem of overabundance. (Photo by Laura Groch)
Can a Californian have too much arugula?
Well — maybe.
I’m a fan of this peppery little salad green, and one day at the supermarket I was seduced by the sight of a large plastic container of arugula — one pound — on sale — for $1.69.
I could not resist.
So I brought it home. And I started adding handfuls to my salads.
Pumpkin Macaroni And Cheese is colorful, but needs a bit more punch than fontina cheese can offer. A few frozen peas add a bit of color contrast. Photo by Laura Groch
It’s pumpkin’s season to shine, and why not? Full of nutrients, fiber and beta-carotene, it’s always a winner in the kitchen.
But sometimes it needs a little help.
I clipped a recipe recently for a Butternut Squash Macaroni And Cheese from Dr. Oz’s Continue reading
Create an appetizing antipasto-for-dinner plate using goodies from the fridge, and “special” snacks from the pantry.
Sometimes you get tired of figuring out what’s for dinner. Sometimes it’s just too dang hot to cook (or even think about cooking). Sometimes you aren’t up to preparing a meal, but don’t want to drag yourself out to a restaurant (or even to the phone to order in).
So — what’s for dinner? Time to put out an appetizing dinner of appetizers. More Continue reading