Pressure Steamed Salmon and Veg

Why can’t our food be macaroni & cheese and chocolate cake all the time?  Why oh WHY must we spend some days eating things like fish and vegetables? Oh well.  Who knows?  All I know is that if you’re going to impose some kind of “light fare” to your menu, this is the way to do it. The vid is above. Enter: The Pressure Cooker. Look, this is not the same pressure cooker we white-knuckled through ten years ago.  The new ones are electric, they have great timing features, they have stupidity-proof locks and they work damn well. They won’t blow […]

Taco Salad, We Love You!

I seem to remember some kind of controversy surrounding taco salads back in the 90’s.  I don’t know if it came from TV or health class or some kind of fitness magazine – but suddenly, the “unhealthiness” of taco salads seemed to be something worth talking about. Oh, those evil taco salads!  Masquerading around pretending to be healthy. Pretty soon nosy-know-it-all’s were crashing entire tables of taco-salad eaters, warning everyone that WHILE it may be a salad, it was FAR from healthy. And I was just like…. “Oh, you don’t say?”  *crunch* *crunch* *crunch* I mean, if you want to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Skillet Satay

Peanut butter:  It’s not just for jelly. “Satay”, or “Sati” is a traditional Indonesian dish made from marinated meat, skewered on bamboo rods, grilled, and served with a peanut sauce.  It’s quite possibly one of the world’s most delicious foods.  The spices of cumin, red pepper and ginger travel so gracefully in the peanut and coconut milk sauce.  It’s not very hard to make either, which is downright delightful.  It’s warming and creamy and comforting.  Served over a bed of white rice and garnished with some fresh green onion and cilantro, it’s a dinner you’ll want to make over and over.  The best […]