cry me a salad

The other evening, as I was fixing my dinner, my neighbor brought me a very nice treat. She's like that, she loves to cook, bake and share. This gift was perfect in timing and yumminess. I smelled the onion almost before I opened my front door....more

Make Dinner Wait for You: Simple Salt and Pepper Salmon with Lemon Thyme Rice and Roasted Green Beans

Next week I’ll have a post on Scary Mommy‘s Scary Mommy Society. To go along with it, I’m offering you some of my strategies for getting dinner on the table. Check out some of my other family-themed posts: the good, the bad and the ugly. Today: Make Dinner Wait for You I like weeknight recipes that are not time-dependent. If there’s an emergency poo-plosion, dinner must wait! Contrast a typical spaghetti alla carbonara that begs you to sit and eat as soon as its noodles are cooked, to a typical baked ziti that sits patiently in a warm oven (or even on the counter under foil) for an extra 20-30 minutes waiting for you to relaxingly enjoy its stringy cheese....more

Slow Cooked Chicken with White Beans, Bacon, and Rosemary Recipe

Today I’m going to share a dish I  made during my most recent cooking segment on Virginia This Morning. When the show’s producer asked me to share a hearty  comfort food recipe good for the cold weather we’re having, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.Knowing most people had probably already gone through their rotation of favorite chili, soup, and stew recipes, I figured  they would be ready for something different to mix things up a little....more

When Does Food Taste THE BEST? Part 3: Firstovers

Many foods taste better the next day. Think leftover spaghetti: You mix the noodles and sauce and let it hang out in the fridge, noodles soaking up sauce, sauce thickening. You microwave it the next day and then slurp up those reddish sauce-infused strands. I’m not usually a leftovers-lover though. I peer at Gladware in the fridge and am disappointed about having to eat the same thing again. Even though they often taste better, I find leftovers boring. This weekend I discovered a solution: Firstovers. ...more

Mom's Most AWESOME Bean Salad!

Mom's bean salad is SO GOOD!!!  Every other bean salad I've had is really not good at all.  It's so good, in fact, my kids beg me to make it! RECIPE Get all your ingredients tog...more

I love my…rice cooker!

As I’ve posted before, I read one post on The Front Burner about the versatility of rice cookers and I was sold. I purchased this baby immediately. I’ve made Azuki beans...more

Charro Beans!

 **Please note: all food posts are from my previous blog The Flexitarian Kitchen. I've kept them here because... well, they're good recipes. And it's late. And I'm tired of adjusting my settings. Think of these recipes as the free prize in the bottom of the cereal box!As I post this, I realize... the last recipe I posted was bean-based.Oh no.Well... heck....more

QuickByte Friday--Foodie Mommie's Roasted Garbanzo Beans, my lovelies! Okay, so I guess I really slacked off this week, since I missed my mid-week post and am still piggybacking off other bloggers for today's post. What can I say? In my other life, I am implementing a new system that will help our office go more paperless and be more e-flexible in how we do business. Yes, trees everywhere just breathed a deep sigh of relief!...more

Nachos - the Fresh, Homemade Way

The Souper Nachos - Quick and Easy What you will need: Baking Dish (9 X 11), a bag or two of your favorite tortilla chips, chunk of fresh cheese to grate (mix two kinds of cheese for even better flavor). Grating fresh cheese is best for flavor, but for convenience shredded cheese is an option. Note: salsa can be a layer as well or served after the baking with the Nachos. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Layer the ingredients above beginning with first layer of tortilla chips. Repeat until last (top) layer is cheese....more

Fall Food: White Bean Soup with Spinach and Meatless Chicken

As I write this, it’s 65-ish degrees here in Los Angeles.  It's soup weather!...more