Category for dinners

Turkey Chili

Posted on December 1, 2008

Leftover turkey?  I opened the fridge this morning and noticed I still had a pile of cooked bird from Thanksgiving.  While I am more than happy to have a surplus of food during these times, I must admit, I was perplexed as to what to do with it.

Turkey chili of course.  Here’s a recipe that I threw together, literally, in the crockpot.  Feel free to adapt this chili to your liking and make it up as you go along, like […]

Tuscan White Bean Salad

Posted on July 22, 2008

It has been so hot here –Sunday was a scorching 104 degrees. Because of the toasty weather, I’ve been looking for quick, cool ways to get hits of protein.

Really, all I want to eat is fruit and lemon slushes these days. However, this white bean concoction has been a winner for the family during this hot spell. The boys have been scarfing it down plain and in quesadillas. My younger son absolutely loves it as does […]

Mustard Lime Chicken

Posted on July 15, 2008

It’s too darn hot here to turn on the oven; the high today is supposed to get up to 100°. The solution? Fire up the grill and throw on some chicken breasts ever so briefly. The mustard lime chicken pictured above is a tangy hit of protein on a hot summer’s day.

I hope it cools off a bit tomorrow as my son plays in the finals of the little league tournament. His team (the “B” team […]

Mango Chicken

Posted on June 24, 2008

My favorite thing about the picture above? The cilantro on the Mango Chicken and in the glass cup is from my garden. Now, that’s something to get pumped about considering I barely have a yard. And what little yard I do have is taken over by a trampoline for the boys.

We live close to town which was really important to me after living in Manhattan for 17 years. I wanted to be able to walk to […]

Salmon with Cucumber Chile Relish

Posted on April 29, 2008

The salmon series continues, as does my love affair with Cook’s Illustrated. The recipe below is another one that I have adapted from this fantastic magazine.

On the comments front, my cup overfloweth. I am so happy with the participation, support and community that is developing on this site. Recently, one of my favorite readers, Courtney, asked a question about meal planning. If any of you have suggestions, please feel free to offer them to her in […]

Chipotle Orange Chicken

Posted on April 13, 2008

As some of you know, I write an op-ed column for The Daily Camera, covering political, economic and environmental issues. As we face increasing food prices and shortages worldwide, food becomes a more important aspect of such aforementioned matters.

This week, my column was called, The Politics of High Fructose Corn Syrup. In it, I discussed our government’s gigantic corn subsidy and our country’s growing waistlines. When I awoke this morning, my husband asked if I had received […]

Chili Chicken

Posted on March 25, 2008

I have discovered a great new website, myfeasts.com. I found it through tastespotting.com, my all time favorite site. If you ever find yourself in a “dinner quandary,” I highly recommend a visit to tastespotting; the photos are gorgeous and provide much meal planning inspiration!

Alas, I digress, this post is about myfeasts.blogspot.com. The site is a bit of a mystery, as I could not find an “about” page. Was I just missing it? Or is […]

Cod Piccata

Posted on March 22, 2008

That troubling question, “what’s for dinner?” troubles no more! Of late I’m feeling quite confident about answering this question, having built up a decent repertoire of main dishes for the family.

Here’s a list of entrées that are getting us through the dinner hour with ease:

Chicken Parm
Chicken Piccata
Rosemary Apple Chicken
Peach Chicken
Cod Piccata
Fish Sticks
Salmon with Olive Anchovy Tapenade
Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish
Pasta with Parsley Pesto and Sundried Tomatoes
Sesame Noodles

I can see that the seafood department needs a bit of work, we […]

Fish Sticks

Posted on February 26, 2008

For some reason, I can’t get out of my winter funk. We’ve had a few beautiful sunny days, yet I still feel as though I need to go into a small cave and hibernate. I feel such a stunting of my creativity during these dark days (we’ve had a lot more dreary ones than sunny) and a complete lack of drive. I think part of it is all of the illnesses that my family has been through during the past […]

Chicken Piccata

Posted on February 22, 2008

It’s been almost a week since I last posted something here. It seems my entire family has gone into retrograde and I have been nursing everyone back to health for the last month –including myself. The nasty flu that blew through Colorado had me down for ten days straight. I haven’t had one that bad for quite a long time.

On a food note, I continue to be inspired by Elise over at simplyrecipes.com. Last week she posted a delicious […]

Shrimp Cakes

Posted on February 16, 2008

After preparing a plethora of Valentine’s sweets, I once again have post-holiday “dessert burnout” syndrome. Thus, I now find myself constantly craving protein –for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.

I will be eating a lot of these tasty little seafood patties in this new phase of protein craze. Hence I am delighted to share one of my favorite recipes with you –this one for simple, savory shrimp cakes.

Shrimp Cakes

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1 pound (raw) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red or yellow bell pepper, […]

Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish

Posted on February 7, 2008

As I have mentioned here before, I am always looking for inspired ways to eat salmon. First priority, disguising the fishy flavor!

Well, lo and behold, last night as I sat on the couch making my way through the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated (my dear friend Deb subscribed me as a gift last year), I found a section on cooking salmon. I was so inspired that I decided to test out the recipe for tonight’s dinner.

I do like Cook’s, however […]

Sesame Noodles

Posted on January 13, 2008

I find nothing as yawn-inspiring as a food blogger who “yums” at their own creations. I see it on blogs all the time. “‘Yum, yum and yum,’ and did I say, ‘yum?!’” I can hear them now, oohing and ahhing at their own creations. However, I may soon become part of this silly little navel gazing taste-bud gazing club.

Tonight I made sesame noodles. That old dish from the Chinese restaurants in New York. I didn’t think I’d be eating sesame […]

Macaroni and Cheese

Posted on December 30, 2007

And now, time for something easy. After making far too many desserts during the holidays, I thought it might be good to share a recipe for a quick meal. Children and adults alike enjoy this simple, yet decadently rich pasta dish.

Macaroni and Cheese

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1 box papadini rotini lentil bean pasta
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup cream
1 tablespoon kudzu
¼ water
2 cups steamed broccoli
extra grated cheese to drizzle over pasta

In a large pot, bring 12 cups of water to boil, then […]

Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Posted on November 18, 2007

This week, I have been testing the Thanksgiving menu that I shared with those of you signed up for my newsletter. We had almost a full Thanksgiving dinner last Wednesday and leftovers Thursday and Friday. Needless to say, my husband was not too thrilled with eating turkey 3 nights in a row just a week before Thanksgiving.

Below is the turkey recipe I used for our pre-Thanksgiving feast. I will make it again this Thursday for the real turkey day. […]

Rosemary Apple Chicken

Posted on November 4, 2007

Every Friday night, I roast a chicken. My children are willing to consume any chicken dish as long as it contains fruit. Such is our unspoken agreement.

This past week, I used apples to lure my children to their protein dish. The combination of rosemary with apples was a natural pairing and the balsamic vinegar, which caramelized during roasting, sweetly permeated the entire chicken.

As I served this up to my family and asked how they liked it, my younger son […]

Peach Chicken

Posted on September 23, 2007

Fall is a full time of year; especially for a Jewish family with children in a Waldorf school. Last week we celebrated Rosh Hashannah (Jewish New Year), yesterday was Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and this coming Friday is Succot, the fall harvest festival celebrating the bounty provided to the Jews during 40 years wandering the dessert after the Exodus from Egypt. Whew.

During this time of year the Jewish holidays come unremittingly, like waves beating against the shore, […]

Chicken Salad with Almonds

Posted on August 29, 2007

Tonight’s project was a gluten free chicken salad with almonds.

Even though the days of August are long and hot, the month seems to speed by every year, and this year has been no different.

Today the boys started school and my older son had his first viola lesson. He locked the viola case to keep his little brother out. When we arrived at the lesson, he realized that he had forgotten the key, leaving it at home in its “secret […]

Salmon with Anchovy Olive Tapenade

Posted on July 31, 2007

I love to eat salmon. Actually, I love the idea of eating salmon. All those good omega 3’s. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to create salmon toppings that disguise the fishy flavor. Here’s one that worked well.

Salmon with Anchovy Olive Tapenade

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4 (4 ounce) fillets wild salmon
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon salted anchovies, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
1 cup black kalamata olives, pitted
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse salmon fillets, place in a 7 x 11 inch baking […]

Dogs In a Garden

Posted on July 27, 2007

The boys have declared a salmon boycott and reserved their right to eat an alternate protein on salmon night.

Tonight, my younger son chose to exercise his boycott with a hot dog, organic turkey, of course; not to sound snobby, but I make quite certain that when my children eat animal products, they are from clean sources (no hormones, pesticides, antibiotics).

He sat staring at the hot dog on his plate for a moment, then looked up at me and said, “Mommy, […]