Category Archives: Savory Main Dishes

Quinoa Stuffed Squash

I actually saw a picture of this dish in a magazine ad sometime last year. It was so visually appealing that I remembered it all spring and summer, waiting for all the pumpkins and squash to turn up in fall. Could I have found the squash I wanted earlier in the year? Probably. But I wouldn’t have wanted to for the same reasons I don’t ... Read More »

Slow Cooked Ribs and Root Beer BBQ sauce

Root Beer BBQ

Ordinarily, I would make ribs in the oven. They would be seasoned, sauced, wrapped tightly in foil and baked long hours at a low temperature until the meat was falling-off-the-bone tender. I am not thrilled with the heat that this generates in my kitchen, butt the only real problem I see with this method is that it renders my oven unavailable to other baked goods. ... Read More »

Orange, Honey and Chipotle Chicken

It’s a good sign when the things you make turn out to look just like the pictures. It’s also a good sign when it tastes as good as it looks. This recipe from Bon Appetit caught my interest in an article about great barbeque. I only made the glaze, instead of additionally marinating the chicken, and used it on both chicken and grilled eggplant slices. ... Read More »

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

One of the best uses for fresh tomatoes is pasta sauce. This is particularly true when you have a jungle-like “garden” of tomato plants threatening to take over your yard. Pick the tomatoes, wash them, toss them in salads, sandwiches, soups and anything else you can think of. The problem is that these plants produce a lot of tomatoes. Recipes that use multiple tomatoes are ... Read More »

Grilled Pizza

Given the heat wave that some of us are experiencing now that summer is upon us, outdoor cooking is looking much more appealing than it usually does. It’s only logical: to avoid heating up your kitchen by cooking indoors, you just stand in front of a 500 degree grill outside where it’s already hot. Plus, I don’t really want to turn on my oven and ... Read More »

Leek and Artichoke Risotto

Leek and Artichoke Risotto

Ladies and gentlemen, I must confess that I have a problem. I am, perhaps, overly fond of risotto. Everwhere I look I see bright, tasty veggies that clearly need to be part of what is a truly wonderful dish. For example, the photo above shows leek and artichoke risotto. I cannot recall why I originally bought leeks, but inspiration struch when I peered into my ... Read More »

Flour Tortillas

At first I did not believe that it is impossible to make a great pizza in a conventional oven on a baking sheet. After all, I have made pizzas this way many times. Our instructor mentioned today that if your oven is hot enough to produce an excellent crust, the toppings will be burnt long before the crust is done. Therefore, you must use a ... Read More »

Pasta with Broccoli, Arugula and Tomatoes

I’ve had arugula before, but I have never personally cooked with it. As it happned, I have some growing in my yard this spring. Arugula is a bitter green, also know as “aromatic” by people who find bitter to be too negative a word. It has a peppery flavor that kicks in a few seconds after you begin to chew on it. It wilts like ... Read More »

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