Baked Zucchini Fries

I’m an absolute junkie when it comes to Pinterest. Not sure I’ve mentioned it here before, but I’m crazy about it. It’s a really, really fun way to kill time and learn to about cool stuff and there’s something for darned near everyone. Seriously … everyone. For instance, pretend for a second that you’re say … a basket weaving enthusiast. You adore all things basket woven – from hair braids to buttercream frosting, to hand knit blankets, or potholders, or throw rugs. Guess what? You can find each and every one of those basket woven things (and more, I checked) on Pinterest. It’s amazing. Truly.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | August 14th, 2013

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.

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

Panzanella Salad

Despite my feelings about raw tomatoes, this salad is one of my all time favorites. I could eat it for dinner all on its own, but I love it alongside grilled chicken or fish. It’s the perfect summer side dish, and a great way to use both the sale Romas and the Sendik’s Artisan Ciabatta Bread.

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

Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter & Sage

Attention cholesterol phobes and anyone for whom a string bikini is in her not-so-distant future, here’s your pass: you’ve been excused from this blog for the day. You’re not going to wanna buy what I’m selling here, sorry to say. But if you have room in your diet for a little naughty behavior and you’re all for thumbing your nose at the cholesterol police, then come on in, the water’s fine. : )

Meatball Parmigiana Sliders with Roasted Italian Potatoes

As you can tell from the sale ad and Fan Mail, Balistreri Sendik’s stores are unveiling their new line of Black Angus beef today. As we all know by now, the Balistreri family has some pretty high ideals when it comes to what they’ll sell in their stores. They shoot for the stars. They’re always looking for the best. And so it would stand to reason that offering their customers this amazing brand of beef is really no different than business as usual.

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

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

Oven Dried Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese and Olives

Every summer I go on a quest to find the perfect tomato tart or tomato pie recipe. Last year I made two epic failures, neither of which you read about here. Both contained copius amounts of shredded cheddar cheese and heaps of full fat mayonnaise – which, duh – I should have been able to tell by simply reading through the recipes that they wouldn’t be good (and that’s coming from someone who’s a self-confessed mayo fan). But that’s definitely not the case with today’s recipe – and there’s not a lick of mayo in sight.

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