Bacon Fried Rice

     I always seem to leave myself in the lurch when it comes to lunch. As it’s just two of us (eating solid food, that is), there are always leftovers lurking somewhere in the fridge, so that’s what we usually do. Except when there’s not, like today. A couple quarts of chicken stock, some … More Bacon Fried Rice

Meatless Friday

Being an old-school Catholic, I do not eat meat on Fridays. It’s a tradition, and like Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as… as a fiddler on the roof!” He also proclaims “As the good book says, if you spit in the … More Meatless Friday

Weeknight rhythm

Lately, I seem to be having more and more “uh-oh” moments regarding dinner. You know the scene: you get home from work, tired and fuzzy-headed. You slip into some comfortable, around-the-house clothes (known affectionately as cozies ‘round these parts), grab a glass of wine, and then hop onto the computer to check emails, pay bills, … More Weeknight rhythm

Drum roll, please

Today I have two announcements, and another recipe keeping with my unintentionally citrus theme. First off, I am proud to finally cross number 16 off my list Thirty Things to do Before Thirty; I have quit smoking. This is such an amazing feeling, I can hardly describe it. I’ve been ready to quit for a … More Drum roll, please

Black beans and rice

  It was a dark and snowy Tuesday night. The temperature outside had dropped to five below; even the moon was taking refuge behind a layer of heavy clouds. The day had been nearly impossible, with angry customers and bosses and bureaucracy closing in on all sides. Exhausted and thoroughly fed-up, it was the kind … More Black beans and rice

Belgian Leek Tart with Aged Goat Cheese (Flamiche Aux Poireaux)

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite things: leeks. I fell in love with leeks the moment we met, on a cool autumn day back in October 2008. I was preparing to make a flamiche aux poireaux, or Belgian leek tart, from that month’s Bon Appetit. Six large leeks were splayed out on … More Belgian Leek Tart with Aged Goat Cheese (Flamiche Aux Poireaux)

Roasted Tomatoes and Red Peppers with Cheddar and Basil

Happy belated voting day! After work last night, my husband and I drove straight to Sherwood High School and cast our ballots. It felt good, really good. The build up to this election was tremendous, with such epic referendums as same-sex marriage and TBOR, and awaiting the results was unbearable. The term ‘nail-biting’ comes to … More Roasted Tomatoes and Red Peppers with Cheddar and Basil