Apr 22, 2014

Earth Day: Sustainable Oceans and Miso Salmon Pasta

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  Gandhi Last week was spring break for one of my kids so we spent some time at Chicago museums.  It may seem funny to think that a museum trip leads to a new recipe for Creamy Miso Salmon Pasta but inspiration arrives in surprising ways! The bulk of our “museum … Continue reading

Thai Green Noodles with Tea

Apr 9, 2014

Thai Green Noodles (with Swiss Chard–shhh)

Green.  The color of spring… the color of kale… and Swiss Chard.  The spring part is easy, but the other greens, like Kale and Swiss Chard, can be a challenge to prepare in a household with kids. We get them in abundance from the CSAs, and no one, not even me (shhh), likes to eat them straight. But at long … Continue reading

Salmon Cake Closeup

Apr 2, 2014

Tasty Salmon Cakes with Canned Salmon

Last week I found a sale on wild-caught canned salmon–and I used my first can to make salmon cakes.  I bought the limit of 6 cans; we don’t get enough Omega-3!  I used to try to get my healthy oils by taking fish oil supplements–but now I am a pretty strong believer in getting your nutrients directly from foods.  Over … Continue reading

Chicken Marsala with asparagus and pasta

Mar 10, 2014

Natural Chicken Marsala

Recently our local grocer had “natural” (antibiotic free, vegetarian) boneless, skinless chicken breasts on a great sale.  With a tasty, healthy ingredient like this, what new dish could I make?  I immediately thought of Chicken Marsala, chicken breasts drenched in a mushroom, marsala wine sauce! I rarely buy meat in the grocery store, getting most of it right from the … Continue reading


Jan 25, 2014

Steak Fondue with Mustard Caper Sauce

Valentine’s day is coming up.  Wouldn’t steak fondue be nice for a romantic holiday dinner? Waaaay back, I always wanted to go out for Valentine’s Day.  Then baby #1 came along–and with her a bigger, more expensive house.  Scratch going out. Enter homemade romantic dinners for two.  At the time, there were lobster tail specials for Valentine’s Day in all … Continue reading


Oct 23, 2013

Bacon and Butternut Mac n Cheese

Sometimes planets need to align for things to happen.  For example, I’ve been saying I’m going to make homemade mac n cheese for, um… about, 5 years?  I finally made it this week (the bacon and squash part was a new inspiration–see below.)! So what finally came together?  First, someone brought a version of this dish to the recent CSA … Continue reading

Chile Relleno

Sep 29, 2013

Yes, You Can Make Chiles Rellenos at Home

Yes, you can make Chiles Rellenos at home.  (Even if you have failed before.) If by some chance you aren’t familiar with the mildly spicy Mexican dish, Wikipedia describes it as follows: “The chile relleno is a dish of Mexican cuisine that originated in the city of Puebla. It consists of a stuffed, roasted, fresh poblano pepper sometimes substituted with … Continue reading


Jul 18, 2013

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Pizza is a staple in many households–especially those with kids.  It’s an expectation at sleepovers, a lifesaver during study sessions, and a godsend for quick family dinners.  Of course the same dish can get old quickly–what about shaking things up with Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza? Chicago Style Pizza has a lot of similarities with regular pizza, but the ingredients … Continue reading

Sun dried tomato and spinach quiche served

May 21, 2013

Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Quiche

There is a big old jar of sun dried tomatoes sitting in my refrigerator–old being the operative word!  So I am donating it to my Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Project (where I try to use an old ingredient every other day through the month of May).  “What!” you might ask, “how can sun dried tomatoes be hard to get rid … Continue reading