Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli & Pine Nuts

The Holidays slayed my dishwasher. Actually, its death was a result of a combination of different events …. but I’m not going to tell you what they were because it’s too embarrassing. But anyway, here I sit with dishpan hands and ragged cuticles, not so patiently waiting at the mercy of the installer as he takes his sweet time delivering my brand new magical pot-scrubbing machine, scheduled to take place some time this coming Saturday. Which is five days from now. So, long story short, I’ve been looking for recipes that don’t require messing up too many pots and pans these days. This recipe is just the thing; it’s simple, it’s fast, and it hardly dirties any pans. Minimal chopping, minimal cleanup. But best of all, it’s unbelievably yummy and kids love it.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | January 8th, 2013

Lightened Up Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli

I’m in a holiday rush. Maybe you are, too. Maybe you’re even too harried and hassled to read this right now and just want to cut to the chase. You want to know what to make for dinner and you want something snappy. You want to make a dish so delicious that no one at your dinner table will find anything to complain about. You’d maybe like some peace and quiet, too. If you want fast and easy and peace and quiet, then you should make this pasta tonight. Everyone will be so busy feeding their faces that they won’t have anything to say except maybe, “OMG Mom, YUM” or “Goooooooood dinner, Mom” or “MORE PLEASE” and you won’t even care that whoever fed you the compliments just did so with her mouth stuffed full of Alfredo. I’d take a compliment or two over quiet, wouldn’t you?

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | December 11th, 2012

Broccoli Soup with Cheddar, and Popovers!

I spent the longest time on a quest for a perfect broccoli soup. Years, I think. Ya gotta kiss a lot of frogs as they say; I tried probably a dozen recipes until I found one that I absolutely loved, and this is it.

This recipe is a winner for several reasons: first, it makes great use of both the florets and the stems, with very little waste; and second, because the recipe doesn’t call for pulverizing the soup to oblivion, you can actually tell that there is broccoli in the soup!

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | January 18th, 2010