Category Archives: Savory Main Dishes

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 »

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Anyone who says that chicken is boring is missing out. I prefer to think of chicken as being versatile. I’ve made this recipe from AllRecipes a couple of times now and I really love it. It’s just chicken breasts glazed with a honey and mustard mix. It’s incredibly simple and very flavorful, with the sweetness of the honey countering the mustard nicely. Tonight I mixed ... Read More »

Asparagus and Meyer Lemon Risotto

When I saw Anne’s post for broccoli-lemon risotto, I definately got a craving for risotto. I didn’t really have anything better to do than stand by my stove and stir for 40 minutes tonigh, so I figured that it would be the perfect time to indulge my craving. I had broccoli in the fridge, but what caught my attention was the bunch of ultra-tender asparagus ... Read More »

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

The first time I really ate pumpkin (or any non-summer-squash, since I tend to use the terms interchangeably) in something other than pie, I was in Australia. Who roasts pumpkin, I thought. Haven’t you heard of pie? Of course, I tried it and loved it. I’ve been hooked ever since. Pie, soup, side dish, main dish – if you can make it, I’ll eat it. ... Read More »

Japanese Chicken Scallion Rice Bowl

I really hate touching raw chicken. I don’t mind cooking it and I certainly don’t mind eating it, but I would much rather handle just about any other kind of meat. Forgive me, but it just looks icky. Nevertheless, I had to touch it to cook tonight’s dinner. I used a recipe from this month’s EatingWell magazine for the Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl. Luckily for ... Read More »

Nicole’s Best Meatloaf

I don’t usually eat a lot of meat. This is not because I don’t like meat – I really do! The reason I don’t eat a whole lot is that various dishes are often only just adequate and that just isn’t good enough for me. When meat is bad, it’s inedible or not worth it. When meat is good, though, it’s really good. Maybe it ... Read More »

Wickedly Perfect Turkey Apple Sausage

 If you happen to live in the US and own a television, perhaps you have seen the new reality show on CBS, Wickedly Perfect. Say what you will about reality television, but I think that this is a pretty fun show. The premise is to have a bunch of Martha-Stewarts-in-training compete for a book deal and several TV spots. Yeah, the requisite whining and moaning ... Read More »

Twice the Twice-Baked Potatoes

I have learned that not everyone is a fan of sweet potatoes. These sorts of people often cannot offer a solid explanation as to why they don’t like these sweetly delicious veggies. My personal theory is that they were scarred at a young age by being forced to consume some great-aunt’s marshmallow and brown sugar saturated sweet-potato-from-a-can casserole. One of those dishes where you love ... Read More »

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