Here’s another one of those open-palm-meets-forehead recipes that I’ve had in my repertoire for a long, long time (since 2/2000 according to my chicken scratch) but has never made its way to the blog until today. It’s such an easy prep for a simple and inexpensive cut of pork, and I am sorry for not sharing it before now. I’ve been holding out on you guys, I guess! But since boneless sirloin chops are on sale this week, there’s no time like the present. Give them a try, and don’t skip the coconut rice — it’s not that much more work than making a boxed version but tastes just a little extra special. In fact, it goes over so well here that I’m always mad I didn’t make a wee bit more.

Baked Risotto with Bacon and Peas

I saw this recipe in Oprah Magazine last spring when I was killing time in the waiting room at the orthodontist’s office. Because I am a firm believer in leaving reading material intact for the next lady-in-waiting, I did not swipe the magazine or tear out the article and instead made a note in my phone to look it up again at a later date. Anyway, it’s taken me approximately seven months to try the recipe, but I promise you, it is a life-changing risotto making technique. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the old ‘stand and stir.’ The prep work here is minimal, the variations are endless (check it out; they offer four great versions) and you won’t have to babysit your pan, which will give you more time to shop online or update your Facebook status. : )

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | November 27th, 2012

Asparagus & Wild Mushroom Risotto

Easter dinner was so delicious, but I’m about over ham, how about you? I intentionally overshot on the poundage, wanting to have leftovers. Well, leftovers we got. Had a ham sandwich for lunch yesterday. Put slices of it on egg sandwiches this morning. Easter dinner re-run last night. And there are still a few little scraps left in the fridge … the frugal cook in me should stash them away in the freezer for omelets or soup but I’ll admit I’ve been sneaking them to the DamDog. I’m swearing off ham. Tonight we’re having a meatless entree, and this is what it is.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | April 10th, 2012

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

A casserole — I know. Casseroles get a bad rap. Most of the casseroles I’ve encountered deserve it though. Canned soups, canned vegetables, processed cheeses — no wonder I look back on the 70’s and shudder — it wasn’t only because my mom dressed me in plaid pants and subjected me bowl haircuts on the kitchen table (I’m not bitter). Casseroles….they can damage you for a long time.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | November 16th, 2011

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

I should have titled this “Cheater’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup” but I didn’t want to scare off any of my foodie friends. You probably know by now I’m (mostly) all about cooking real food from scratch, and I generally steer away from “convenience” foods – not because I think there’s a single thing in the world wrong with them, I just enjoy the process of cooking from scratch. Usually. But I knew cold and rainy weather was on the way, and that got me dreaming of one of my favorite recipes from my motherland: Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | November 9th, 2011

You might recognize this recipe — if you’ve been reading this blog for more than two years, that is — and by now you know I wouldn’t hit you with a re-run if it wasn’t something I really, really liked. It was absolutely my intention to share a new recipe today. But I stumbled upon this one and I couldn’t resist making it again!

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | October 5th, 2011

Easy Jambalaya

Here’s a simple one-pot dinner – the perfect meal for a busy school night. I think it tastes far more complex than the amount of work required to pull it together, and I’m also of the opinion that (like many things), it gets better the longer it sits. My kitchen smells so good right now!

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | September 27th, 2011

Risotto with Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

When I think of the perfect dish for a warm August evening, it would absolutely include the following ingredients: corn, tomatoes, and basil. Hence, today’s dish. This risotto is all about summer flavors and would be the perfect accompaniment to any grilled main course – I’m thinking my favorite herbed grilled shrimp, or seared salmon fillets, or even a big, thick steak.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | August 24th, 2011

Scallop Risotto

I had a spending splurge yesterday. I bought something that was really, really, mindblowingly expensive. And don’t tell my husband, but I would totally buy it again…but hopefully, I won’t have to for a while. Any guesses?

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | March 31st, 2011

Honey & Soy Glazed Salmon

Okay, in case you were worrying, I’m back in check with my healthy eating. I know you were all just waiting around, fretting over whether or not I was still lagging behind the healthy eating wagon, but – good news! I’m back, baby. Fired up, too. However, I could fall off said wagon at any second though, because as I write this it’s nearing happy hour … and I do love ‘me a nice glass of wine when the punks are done with their homework. I swear, fourth grade math flat stresses me out.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | January 14th, 2010