Showing posts from September, 2023

Twenty-Minute Taco Bar

Ready. Set. GO! Call me thrilled that an entire Taco Bar can be rushed to the table in twenty minutes flat. Really. (Yes, I really do time my recipes.) We'll brown the tortillas, so important! We'll cook the meat. We'll make a Quick Guacamole. We'll set out all our favorite taco fixin's. And then we'll dig in. The trick to this quick weeknight meal? Store-bought fresh salsa that keeps the taco meat nice 'n' juicy, makes a mean guacamole and then takes its place among all our favorite taco fillings. C'mon. Everybody's hungry and we've got dinner to cook. Home-style Tacos, Ready in a Flash, Cooked in One Skillet. Whole Food, Fast & Flexible. Mere Minutes to the Table. Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Hearty & Filling. Easy DIY.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 39) Cooking with Apples

I hope you're hungry because today the temptation is apples, all on the savory side, apps and sides and salads and suppers. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire.

Ten Things I Love About Our New Kitchen

An Update After Ten Years Here's how we remodeled our kitchen, first revealed two years after completion and now re-considered after ten years. What decisions worked then and which ones still stand up now? Great news, only three of our favorites require a big investment. The other seven are small, do-able and even no-cost but still make a difference. Plus, it took ten years for me to figure out how to style a special, highly visible spot in the new kitchen: here I reveal how and its cost, all of $8.50! Kitchen Before & After Reveal. How to Add Light to a Dark Kitchen. How to Add a Second Stove to a Kitchen. How to Blend Existing Kitchen Cupboards with New Cabinetry. How to Add Whimsy to a Kitchen. Low-Cost & No-Cost Ways to Improve Kitchen Efficiency & Function.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 38) Burger Season!

This week's recipe collection features seven burger recipes: some for the grill and some for inside; some for the stove and some for the slow cooker; some meat- and some plant-based. What binds them is what makes for happy cooks and happy eaters, casual family-friendly comfort food at its finest. Fingers crossed that here you'll find lots of easy-dinner inspiration and with any luck, one or two recipes destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire ...

Sheetpan Salmon with Garden Hash & Creamy Avocado Sauce

Fresh salmon and a vegetable hash with summer squash, bell pepper and corn roasted together in a sheet pan, served with an avocado-buttermilk sauce with hints of guacamole. So grab a sheetpan (you know, a metal rimmed baking sheet aka a cookie sheet with short sides) and a sharp knife. Supper'll be on the table quick-quick. Summer Gorgeous! Whole Food, Fresh & Inventive. Beautiful Color! Another Quick Supper , a Kitchen Parade Specialty. Hearty & Filling. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Easy DIY. Low Carb. Low Fat. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 37) Fall Is for Vegetarians

Hungry? I hope so because this week's collection is all about quick dinners and not just any ol' dinners but vegetarian dinners, all suited for this brief bridge of time that's still summer but laced with wisps and even wishes of fall. Think Lentils. Pasta. Simple Skillets. All with your favorite late-summer veggies, eggplant and corn and beans and tomatoes. It's a hungry time of year ...

Ina Garten's Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

My latest summer salad recipe, a big batch of homemade tabbouleh salad using Ina Garten’s recipe, an easy combination of bulgur wheat, lemon juice and olive oil with cucumber, tomato, green onion, fresh parsley and fresh mint. Hint-Hint : The secret ingredient in this classic Middle-Eastern salad is ... fresh mint! A Middle-Eastern Classic Salad Made from Scratch. An Easy, Healthy Side Dish, Fresh & Summery. Hearty & Filling. Great for Meal Prep. Picnic & Potluck & Party Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Seasonal Sundays (Week 36) Lazy Weekend Breakfasts

Pssst. [whispers] Hey, it's me, your breakfast genie, a day early on a Saturday. Are you ready to rise 'n' shine? Because I've got some breakfast ideas, eggs sure, but also pancakes and muffins and ... because here's hoping everybody gets at least one lazy morning this three-day weekend. [still whispering, but louder] C'mon. I'll put the coffee on and cut up some fruit. Let's make breakfast!