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Quick and Cheap Dinner: Quick Chili

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On February 10, 2010 3 Comments

my new favorite winter dish is this super quick chili recipe I tweaked from Real Simple. I added some ground meat to it, but you could just omit that part if you want to keep it vegetarian. I love the addition of bulgur because it adds a little more heft to the dish. It sticks nicely to the ribs.


Food Pr0n: Toasty Granola Bars

In Food Pr0n On January 27, 2010 6 Comments

I won’t skip breakfast no matter how tired or rushed I am. Lately, however, I have been relying on packaged breakfast bars more than I should. Noticing the trend, my boyfriend suggested we make our own granola bars. The idea appeals to my inner hippie, because what could be more “granola” than making your own granola?


Food Pr0n: Winter Greens and Potato Casserole

In Food Pr0n On January 13, 2010 3 Comments

This casserole is a stick-to-your-ribs, it’s-in-the-single-digits kind of dish. You could skip the cheese if you wanted and make it vegan. I indulged and justified it because I’m doing a lot more walking these days :-)

New Kitchen Cooking Bonanza

In Posts On January 3, 2010 1 Comment

I am finally a resident of Chicago, and an apartment with a full-size refrigerator, oven and range. After three and a half years of cooking in a hallway I have ATTACKED every appliance in my new kitchen in a cooking fury.


Quick and Cheap Dinner: Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On December 19, 2009 1 Comment

I’m busy, I’m packing, blah, blah, blah. You get it by now. In spite of everything going on in my life, I must take time to feed myself nourishing meals. Maybe I’m high maintenance or a bit snobby. I’m OK with that, because I get to eat lovely dishes like this hearty concoction of winter veggies.

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Food Pr0n: Potato and Radicchio Flatbread

In Food Pr0n On December 16, 2009 2 Comments

I keep reminding myself that packing then moving across the country in a U-Haul through the midwest in the dead of winter would cause anyone anxiety. This is mainly the reason that I haven’t had much time to cook lately, and I miss it. So, in the midst of all of this chaos, I chose to make my own pizza dough and create this lovely flatbread. Procrastination is a skill, folks, you have to work hard to get it right.

Traveling, Packing, Reading, Not Cooking

In Posts On December 11, 2009 0 Comments

I just got back from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this evening. Tomorrow morning I head to Chicago to set up my new home office. So as you can guess, there ain’t a whole lot of cooking and writing going on here.


Food Pr0n: Buttered Leeks and Radishes

In Food Pr0n On December 6, 2009 4 Comments

In my attempt to eat more seasonally, I am encountering produce that I don’t normally prepare. Leeks fall into that category. This recipe combines leeks with another veggie that often confounds me, the radish. I know what you’re thinking: since when is butter healthy? Fear not the sat fat, the recipe only calls for a tablespoon for 4 servings.


Quick and Cheap Dinner: Butternut Squash Pita Pizza

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On November 29, 2009 6 Comments

I saw this recipe for a butternut squash pizza on Real Simple and knew I could make it real simpler. Instead of using the refrigerated dough the recipe calls for, I turn to my quickie standby for mini pizzas: the pita.

Food Pr0n: Tangy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

In Food Pr0n On November 28, 2009 4 Comments

I love Brussels sprouts steamed with a little salt and butter, but I can see how they are an acquired taste for many. This recipe is like a subdued yet tangy sauerkraut flecked with pungent little caraway seeds. The scent that wafts from the oven reminds me of a Jewish deli.