Showing posts from November, 2011

Pumpkin-Stuffed Lasagna Rolls

A festive vegetarian main dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or another late-fall or winter celebration. Worthy of a special occasion, easy enough for a weekend! The pumpkin filling is not to be missed, in itself so good, I can already think of a half-dozen more ways to cook with it. Plus, my tips for an angst-free Thanksgiving. Aghast at the angst, that’s me about Thanksgiving. Take a deep breath. It really can be as simple as inviting a few people for dinner, cooking a turkey and a few sides, popping a pie in the oven. The magazines, the food network, even we food bloggers, we get so breathless over Thanksgiving, making it all seem like a huge undertaking. But Thanksgiving isn’t hard, at least it needn’t be with a little preparation. List makers, this is your holiday! Here are my own tips for an angst-free Thanksgiving. WEEKEND BEFORE Finalize the menu, print out recipes, make the grocery list. Shop! before the onslaught. MONDAY Set the table. Put serving dishes on the

Champion Chicken

Easy baked chicken, just chicken topped with Homemade Sazón , a fresh 'n' alive Dominican sauce made with bell peppers, parsley and cilantro, onion and other pantry ingredients. So easy! So good! Plus a new trick for browning chicken! So yeah, it's November and baseball talk is “so October”. But this story, it strikes me as one with year-round lessons. You see, St. Louis is a baseball town, always has been. As girls, my friends Cindy and Kathy learned to tally scorecards from their dad who himself grew up in the Knothole Gang, boys who watched home games for free peering through the fences of the old Sportsman’s Park. Live in St. Louis and just by breathing the air, you learn these stories and names the likes of “Stan the Man” Musial, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, Joe Torre and Ozzie Smith, and in my years here, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols. Baseball fans know that in 2011 the Cardinals played forgettable ball for the first 130 games, 80% of the regular season. I