Easy Baked Fish Recipe with
Red Pepper & Cucumber Salad

Thank you, Lent, for the reminder that fish makes for a fast and healthy supper, not just for a few weeks in late winter but year-round. This recipe relies on a handful of pantry ingredients. Quick-quick, it's on the table in 30 minutes. Weight Watchers, you're going to love this recipe! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Observing Lent with Children Careful readers might wonder what's growing in the dish behind the plate? That's Lenten grass , an old Finnish tradition, one of my favorite ways to observe Lent. The Sad State of Fish Fries During Lent My home of St. Louis is a bedrock of Catholicism. Catholic schools abound, some 123 of them, their playgrounds filled with rambunctious kids in plaid-jumper and khaki-pant uniforms. It’s not so rare to meet faithful parishioners like my neighbors who have been married 58 years this month and still walk to Mass every morning. During Lent, many parishes host Friday-night fish fries, attracting throngs of hungry

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup or
Turkey & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

On these last chilly days of late winter, there's nothing like a big bowl of hearty soup to warm our innards. I'm so pleased with this soup, a hearty mix of leftover chicken or turkey, wild rice and butternut squash – and, preferably, good homemade stock. The Conversation: Do you roll your eyes when recipes read, "preferably homemade"? Yeah, me too. COMPLIMENTS! "It's wonderful!" ~ Anonymous “Preferably homemade”. My eyes roll at the sight of these words in recipes, do yours too? They just sound so foodie-elitist. I fear they put home cooking out of reach, setting a threshold that sounds unattainable for working families with busy lives. And yet. And yet. The first batch of this soup last fall was short on wild rice and long on mushrooms, but it was still so good – as in lip-smacking, let’s-make-another-pot-on-the-weekend good. The reason? The stock was clear and golden, like a cupful of savory wine. After Thanksgiving, the turkey

Julia Child's Soubise Recipe
(Onion & Rice Casserole)

Call onions the steady-eddies of cooking, we cook them every day but rarely take notice. Thanks to this classic French side dish called "soubise" [pronounced soo-BEEZ], we'll never take onions for granted again. Soubise combines thin ribbons of onion with rice and a little cream and cheese. Dreamy. Heavenly. Ethereal. Addictive. Yes, it's that good. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Naturally Gluten Free. Vegetarian.

Cut-Out Spice Cookies:
My Favorite Recipe for Roll-Out Cookie Dough
for Thirty (yikes) Years

Roll-out cookies are too pretty to save for Christmas! This is my all-time year-round favorite cut-out cookie dough recipe, for easy-easy handling, yes, but also for flavor, think lively gingerbread-style spices kissed (but just on the cheek!) by chocolate. Mix butter, flour and sugar for cookies and what do you get? Cookies that taste like butter, flour and sugar – not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you, if shortbread is the object. Too often though, sugar cookies are all about their good looks. Aii, aren't they just so pretty? The colors! The squiggles! The sprinkles! The sparkles! But call me crazy, I want cookies to taste good, frosted or unfrosted, otherwise, they might as well come from Sam's Club. If bakers are going to the trouble to cut out, bake and decorate cut-out cookies (and no question, cut-out cookies take time and effort), they should taste as good as they look. And these do! There's no missing the gingerbread-style spices nor t