Sausage & Peppers Mockery

Bouillabaisse, A Provincial French Seafood Stew

Quite a few years ago when we were traveling through France, we happened to spend a few hours in Marseille.  Unfortunately we spent our time in the train station in sweltering heat waiting for the TGV.This had been the last leg of our trip through the south of France, we had just spent a few day in Nice and had begun our way back with a stop in Aix en Provence.  What a perfect city, we had stayed on the Cours Mirabeau where as the guide books stated was the place to be while in Aix. That turned out to be a good thing and a bad thing.  As we walked to our hotel we were swept away by the beauty of the city, its little cafes and tree lined streets, its many fountains and of course the footsteps of Cezanne.......we were in love and in love with the city...sigh....more

Broiled Fish Parmesan (fish, lemon)

I was never a huge fan of fish while I was growing up.  The only time we had fish in our house was during lent and that always consisted of fish sticks and french fries with tons of tartar sauce and ketchup.  Not the healthiest meal, but it served its purpose at the time!...more

Slow Cooker Sweet and Salty Aisian Beef (beef, rice)

We had a mini-snowstorm here yesterday.  After two days of rain and a nice thaw, the snow returned.  I typically don't mind the changing weather, but the hubby was away for two-days at a sheep shearing class.  I planned on having a nice hot beef dinner ready when he got home but changed my mind because the weather was going to make him late....more

Paella, Because I'm Just Mad About Saffron!

 I remember the first time I had Paella it was on a school trip to New York, so long ago that it is just a faded memory.  Spanish class had taken a field trip and lunch was at a Spanish restaurant where we sampled Paella.  Through the years I had Paella when ever I found it on a menu, but it wasn't until a trip to Nice that I really learned to appreciate the dish. ...more

Vegging It Up

I often fall on the uninspired meat, veg, carb pattern for mid-week meals (e.g., chicken breast, green beans, noodles). It can be so so boring. But it can also be satisfyingly simple (and quick too!). Lately, I’ve been sprucing it up by adding some vegetables to the carbs (e.g., chicken breast, green beans, rotini tossed with stir fried cabbage, ginger and garlic). It’s been an efficient and easy way to get us through our weekly produce box. And, we’re eating more veggies, which was one of the main reasons for getting the box in the first place. ...more

Sriracha Chicken & Green Rice

Sriracha Chicken & Green Rice ...more

Cheesy Rice with Something Green

 **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!This weekend, I cleaned out my pantry. And to my shame and horror I found, hidden away in the back, nearly 20 lbs of rice. ...more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

Back when I was a ravenous resident of your average college dormitory—where the selections at the cafeteria often looked suspicious at best—those of us who might’ve found fish bones in their lasagna like I did were often waiting up into the wee hours for the blessed manifestation of the eggroll man, who’d bring whatever hadn’t sold at his restaurant that night right into the lounge, where we’d then pounce upon it with the last of our pocket change....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