Category Inspiration

Quick Basic Breakfast Skillet

Many recipes for breakfast skillets take about an hour to complete, because they have you adding water to your skillet with the potatoes.  You have to wait a least 40 minutes for your potatoes to cook through.  In the morning, if I’m hungry and hankering for a good old fashioned breakfast skillet, I ain’t got […]

Chili-Lime Mango Dressing

Sweet, Spicy, Tangy, Creamy – this dressing is a sure fire way to liven up any medley of mixed greens.  Add sliced oranges, dried cranberries, an avocado, some walnuts – whatever suits your fancy – and you’ve got yourself a unique and amazing salad. Ingredients  5oz full fat plain Greek yogurt (2% will work fine […]

Pasta with Shrimp and Lots of Vegetables

This simple pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and is both healthy and delicious.  Serve with whatever pasta you like and a nice hunk of garlic bread to mop up the sauce. A word on shrimp:  That “fresh” shrimp you see on ice behind the glass case at your grocery store isn’t […]

Antipasto Salad

This salad is a meal in itself.  Variety is the key here:  Do what you like, but be sure to include lots of different veggies, greens and Italian deli meats.  Also, be sure to make the dressing from scratch – the dressing really livens up the salad, and since you’re having salad for dinner, you […]

Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a riff on classic tomato soup, but the addition of fresh basil and roasted red-peppers bring it a superior depth and a fresh, vegetal brightness that truly elevates this dish to the next level.  Serve with grilled cheese, in a bread bowl, with a rustic hunk of French bread, with soup crackers […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I vaguely remember my mom attempting to make this St. Patrick’s Day classic one time during my childhood.  As I remember, it involved braising the corned beef by itself in beef broth in the slow cooker, all while every burner on the stove was taken up cooking each ingredient – carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions – […]

Southern Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad is one of those things that people apparently have really strong opinions about.  That should come as no surprise, considering the number of different versions there are out there; there’s chunky chicken salad, smooth chicken salad, Napa Almond chicken salad.  Some people like to add grapes, some people like to add Indian or […]

How to Cook with Stainless Steel

Stainless steel:  The cookware that strikes fear into the hearts of even the most experienced cooks, largely because it’s known as the cookware that everything sticks to.  This post is about why that happens, how to avoid it, and why you should actually cook with stainless steel most of the time. Note:  The technique described […]

Spicy Fish Chowder

When I was in high school, I had a best friend whose family always treated me as if I were one of their own.  They were always so generous with me.  I remember one time specifically when we went to a high-end seafood restaurant in Boston called “The Four Seasons” – it couldn’t have been […]

All About Pasta: Part I – The Best Pasta to Cook With

Sometimes I just have to admit it:  My wife is right. My wife Claudia is right about a lot of things more often than I would like to admit. One of the areas where I think I am usually right, and she thinks I am usually wrong, is our disagreement regarding her religious devotion to […]