Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘fast recipes’
Posted: July 28th, 2014

This recipe, from allrecipes.com, saved my Sunday.

This recipe, from allrecipes.com, saved my Sunday.


I hate when recipes include estimated times for prep and cooking. They’re ridiculous. Most recipes touted as fast simply lie. They call for pre-cooked chicken or rice, easily 20-minute jobs. Or they start the timer after the vegetables are chopped. Some with three ingredients are simply flavorless or have weird textures that make them unworthy of even the 10-minute time investment.
In general, there is fast and then there’s tasty. But is there fast AND tasty? I’ll admit it’s hard to find. Garlic Shrimp Pasta fills both bills.
I had about 500 loads of laundry to do yesterday, and at some point had to get to the grocery store before it closed, so we’d have something to eat this week. John was mowing the lawn and would surely come into the house hungry enough to chew his arm off.
I was sick of everything in my quick and easy repertoire. I started brainstorming. Shrimp is fast. (I got it raw, but it was already peeled and deveined.) Pasta is easy. Have garlic, wine, butter, Parmesan.
By the time the store closed, we were eating, and enjoying, this dish.
Warning: You don’t need the whole box of pasta, and the shrimp was only enough for three people. If you want to feed six, double the shrimp. If you want to feed two, halve the pasta.

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Posted: November 22nd, 2013

Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are stalking me. Or the other way around.

Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are stalking me. Or the other way around.

Food writers, myself included, get so wrapped up in holiday foods, we often forget that people have to eat normal food the other 364 days of the year. Do you really need another cornbread stuffing recipe, or would you appreciate a simple, killer meal you can make in 10 minutes between school and Cub Scouts meetings? Right.
Parents.com put together a pretty good collection of chicken recipes that only take a stitch in time. Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas hit my funny bone because I’ve been craving them. I’m on one of my streaks during which I can eat the same thing for days without getting sick of it. It’s happened with tuna fish, anything with ranch dressing and chilli. This time it’s quesadillas.
These look like a lovely way to feed my troop tonight after a long week of catch as catch can.

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Posted: April 30th, 2013

Lemon Chicken Orzo, from Parents.com makes my list for a fast, healthy tasty dinner.

Lemon Chicken Orzo, from Parents.com makes my list for a fast, healthy tasty dinner.


I made lemon squares the other day to fill a craving I’d never had before.
In the past, when I baked, it almost always involved chocolate. Lemon squares didn’t make it onto my radar.
For some reason, though, that’s all I wanted last weekend to go with a special rib-eye steak dinner.

I got the lemon squares recipe from “Good Housekeeping’s Great Baking 600 Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Breads, Pies & Pastries,” and it’s going to make it into a column, story or blog entry sometime in May.
I made the squares because I thought the rich, hearty broiled red meat required a fruity, springy contrast. It worked beautifully.

This is all a round-about way of saying that I’m now on a lemon kick. The squares only whet my appetite for the springy sweet-tart citrus staple.
Lemony Chicken & Orzo from Parents.com promises to fit right into a weeknight evening, beating all to heck my normal boring rotation of baked chicken and pasta with Prego, frozen pizza and turkey sausage.

It’s a one-pot recipe that goes together in 30 minutes with eight ingredients.
And it gets better: It comes in under the wire at 400 calories per serving.
Of course, that assumes I can stop with one serving …

One caveat: I see no reason to sully such a promising dish with with green beans. I’m going to use asparagus or pea pods instead.

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