Posts tagged as nut-free

Marinades

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:52am

                          Remember when everyone thought marinades tenderized meat?  Ah well, they don’t (just like browning meat doesn’t “seal in the juices” – but I digress…).  Marinades do however add tons of flavor – to meat and vegetables – and are therefore my current…

Continue reading »

Happy, Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 10, 2009 at 1:23pm

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s been a terrific one for me. My mom and sister Stacey stopped by for a light, simple brunch and some good chat over coffee. I tried a new crustless quiche recipe that completely rocked – only 150 calories/slice but you’d never know it. Loaded with the flavor of Canadian bacon, onions,…

Continue reading »

More Salmon…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 4, 2009 at 4:16pm

OK, a new angle on salmon, given my previously stated difficulties in finding an edible version in Minnesota. Taking a page from our foodie friends Kris & Harry, I ordered online. Since I forgot the site they recommended, I poked around myself and chose Vital Choice Wild Seafood for their sustainable practices and interesting product…

Continue reading »

Grill Baby Grill

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 1, 2009 at 1:32pm

Even if you took a break this winter, I’ll bet you’re grilling again now – it’s warm enough for just about everyone to fire ‘er up. Although eating an abundance of grilled (charred) food is sadly not a good idea, I’m not going to sweat one or two grilled meals per week. It’s just so…

Continue reading »

Chocolate Pudding

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 22, 2009 at 11:18am

I don’t bake or make desserts on a regular basis, but I do like to make treats for dinner parties and family birthdays. I’m always trying to lighten them a bit, trimming sugar and fat where I think it won’t compromise a recipe. Or leaving the frosting off a cake and serving it with berries…

Continue reading »

Orange-Glazed Salmon and Grilled Artichokes

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 20, 2009 at 6:44pm

I mentioned here the delicious grilled artichokes we had in Santa Barbara – well, as often happens, the dish triggered a bit of a hankering and I decided to make them tonight.  I googled “balsamic” and “grilled artichokes,” because I could tell the version we had was seasoned with balsamic vinegar, and I found the…

Continue reading »

Coming Up for Air…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 4, 2009 at 2:38pm

After a week of being too sick to cook or eat much, I’m finally able to taste food again.  Yes! I’m not interested in anything complicated or rich, but am definitely ready to venture beyond soup. I settled on sauteed shrimps, this version, which I modified last summer from a delicious appetizer that Stu The…

Continue reading »

It’s Not So Hard to be Humble

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Mar 18, 2009 at 10:26am

Toasted breadcrumbs, duh! (Slaps head…) Why do I always forget about them? So easy, so incredibly delicious, and quite light to boot, since one piece of bread and a couple of teaspoons of olive oil make enough garnish for three servings of eggs or vegetables or pasta or fish or potatoes. In fact, there are…

Continue reading »

Good Morning. Or Afternoon. Or Evening.

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 28, 2009 at 7:51am

Here’s a quick, perhaps lighter version of an all-time favorite, described (and photographed) deliciously in this New York Times article – polenta with eggs and greens. The article outlines a naughty version with lots of butter and cheese (in my world known as polentaaaah), which would of course completely rock. But my version is actually…

Continue reading »

Caldo Verde (at least my soup is green)

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:43pm

I’m back with another soup and more kale! Portuguese Caldo Verde (green soup), thick with smoky sausage, kale, and potatoes, oh so good. I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe (a Cook’s Illustrated gem) before – it’s one of my faves, a true meal-in-a-pot.             Two suggestions. First, to quickly…

Continue reading »