Showing posts from March, 2004

Easy Turkey Chili

The Recipe: What a chili! It's full of protein and vegetables and beans plus warm chili spices! It deserves fame among those who follow the Weight Watchers freestyle program: every single ingredient is "free" and so this is a zero-point chili! So good! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Circa 2013: I'd Forgotten This, Coming Late to Frozen VegetablesHa! I laughed out loud when I recently re-read this 2004 column, just before publishing it online for the first time in 2013, some nine years after written.I wrote then, "It's silly, perhaps, but only recently did I discover frozen vegetables." I'd forgotten this, coming late to frozen vegetables.But after being reminded, I realize that it's no wonder that when I started writing A Veggie Venture (my food blog about vegetables) just a year later, I experimented mostly with frozen vegetables.And today, as fascinated as I am with new ways to cook fresh vegetables, I still stock frozen vegetables. When it co…

Very Very Green Green-Pea Soup

Do you keep a bag of inexpensive frozen peas in the freezer? Me too! First, they're handy when a soup or stew needs a dash of color at the end. But the real reason? They're a major supper saver! Add a few pantry ingredients and you won't believe the great soup that starts with a simple bag of peas. Really!Oh. And for my fellow procrastinators? The very very green color makes this soup perfect for an impromptu St. Patrick's Day meal.
"... it was fantastic! .. I'm keeping this recipe on hand for when I'm pantry-diving before payday!" ~
"This is fabulous! It's good by itself, but it's wonderful with the egg!" ~ acr
In 1912, my London-born maternal grandfather emigrated to Canada. He arrived on St Patrick’s Day and some times I wonder what he'd think of the rowdy revelries that headline festivities nearly a century later. He loved a party: he’d likely have thought he’d reached the Promised Land!Grandpa S was a foodie of t…

Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes

Back in the day, this was my mom's favorite quick chicken recipe. It was comfort food for cool Minnesota nights, warming her kitchen, filling the whole house with the enticing aroma of roasted chicken and potatoes – and in just a couple of hours, filling our bellies too.The recipe couldn't be simpler. Just brush chicken with sour cream and toss potatoes with mustard, herbs and a little olive oil. Then bake them side by side. Tonights's Supper? Really, it's that easy. Recipe updated & republished 2015 to remember my mom on what would have been her 85th birthday ...
"... it was delicious." ~ Jessie Your best recipes – where do you find them? My own bookshelves hold dozens of cookbooks. The basement houses who-knows-how-many back issues of cooking magazines. An invaluable food website is Epicurious, where every-day home cooks critique recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit and other food magazines. The Food Network is entertaining and reliable for tip…