Ginger-Wasabi Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

There’s something especially soul-killing about a poorly-prepared chicken breast.  Now, don’t feel bad if you’ve made dry, thick, chewy, barely-palatable chicken breast in your life.    People throw boneless, skinless chicken breast around as if it was the easiest thing in the world to prepare, but the fact is; it’s not.  It’s actually one of the hardest meats to prepare well. Let’s compare it to a chicken thigh, for example.  You would really have to try to screw up a chicken thigh.  It has natural flavor, is laced with fat and is covered with a neat little pouch of skin that crisps very nicely.  […]

Cold Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

I’ve been writing recipes like mad lately, and I had my whole freezer stocked with the goodies for my “Light Summer Series”, of which I was going to start photographing this week.  One recipe per day, I figured.  It was a perfect plan!  Until my two-year-old turned off the freezer night-before-last and I woke up to six pounds of defrosting shrimp. Six pounds of defrosting shrimp, five pounds of defrosting chicken tenderloins, four pounds of defrosting ground turkey and eight pounds of defrosting berries. Needless to say, my summer recipe photography got a fairly aggressive kick-start yesterday. Oh, I was frustrated alright.  I really didn’t […]

Freezer Cooking Series: Baked Ziti From the Freezer

Update: The video was from last summer, but the written post below was from a couple of years ago. Dinners from the freezer:  Because sometimes you need to drop everything and explain to your kids why we don’t draw swastikas on things. “Look what we made, Mama!”, my five and seven-year-old sons said proudly.  As they waved a little homemade flag with a hand-drawn swastika on it. I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the sight of two little boys brandishing a swastika.  Especially if those boys are yours.  Not to mention, they had just gotten brand new Marine […]

Smoked Cheese, Ham and Spinach Frittata (With a Spot of Cream Cheese)

This is not what I planned on posting this week.  I had a post on baked ziti all planned out, then I went and made this for dinner last night (on the fly).  It turned out so great, I had to drop everything and recreate it today so I wouldn’t forget how I made it! A frittata is a big, baked omelet.  Whenever I don’t know what to make for dinner, I make a frittata.  If you have eggs in your fridge and a little cheese, a smidge of leftover this and a dash of leftover that, you can make […]

My Hamster – My Hero: Lessons on Developing a Rich Interior Life (From My Hamster)

I never intended on buying a hamster.  But I blurted out “Let’s get a hamster!” to my fifteen-year-old daughter in the middle of a heart-break moment, when I was searching for any way to help her feel better. “Really?”, she said, as she looked up from her sobs. “Really, we’ll go and get one today”, I said. The baby shrew she had found and adopted just two days before had died, and she was devastated.  Of course, the shrew was only orphaned because one of the stray cats I feed had killed it’s mother, so I kind of felt bad […]

Charlotte’s Victoria Sponge Cake

My daughter Charlotte is ten-years-old and is just about the neatest person I’ve ever known.  All my kids are the neatest people I’ve ever known, but each is so unique, it’s easy to see and appreciate all the great things that make them who they are.  I’m nuts over all of them.  The elementary kids (Charlotte and her younger sister and younger brother) were off of school on Monday.  I was planning on starting to work on my blog again that day, so it was fun to hear what Charlotte wanted to post. Charlotte was born in England.  We decided […]

Light Garlic and Chicken Broth

Once you see how easy it is to make a good broth out of a picked-over roasted chicken, you’ll never throw chicken bits away again.  This broth is useful as a base for many-a-soup, and it’s especially good taken straight-up in the middle of cold and flu season, which, unfortunately is upon us right now.  My whole family has been up, then down, then up, then down.  Having a lot of this broth around has really helped. My teenage daughter especially loves taking this broth to school for lunch.  Only she dresses it up a bit by adding some fresh Asian noodles, a few cubes of […]