Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake

   January 31, 2012 1:34 pm

I was tooling around on Pinterest.com and came across Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake, pinned by high school friend Nicole Adams. I stumbled over it and then I couldn’t pretend I didn’t fall. I re-pinned a lot of other stuff too: Zucchinis halved lengthwise and covered with cheese, basil and tomato slices baked until the…

One banana, two banana

   January 30, 2012 10:47 am

As I’ve mentioned countless times before, I’m half Finnish. This means coffee isn’t just coffee. It should be accompanied by some combination of flour, sugar and butter, baked until crumbly. I don’t go this route with every cup I drink, mainly because this combination is not always handy, never healthy and I’m only half Finnish…

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder

   January 26, 2012 9:41 am

I’ve been on a tried-and-true kick at home lately. I’ve made my favorite pulled pork and Loaves & Dishes Tailgate Chili. Oldies are goodies, but I’m ready to try something new. Our Super Bowl party will be a quiet one, including my husband, son, me and a table full of food. The fun part of…

Book-drawing Wednesday

   January 25, 2012 12:18 pm

We had some good response to the drawing for “Recipes for Success,” by Mark Allen Waltrip. I have 2 copies, so they’ll go to Lisa Rice and Mary Jane Zewe. They’ll go out in the mail today-ish. For this week, in honor of the Oscar nominations, I’m hawking “The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of…

I can taste Beef Stew already

   January 24, 2012 3:43 pm

The 14th annual Souper Bowl takes place Sunday, and, if past years are any indication, thousands will rub elbows at the tables full of area chefs’ best efforts. To get you warmed up, we’ve collected five winning Souper Bowl recipes into tomorrow’s Food section. Grab a bowl and spoon and dig in. As far as…

Egg Foo Young: Faster than a speeding drive-thru

   January 23, 2012 4:07 pm

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, which starts today, by taking a stab at Egg Foo Yong.. Asians all over the planet will celebrate all week long, so it doesn’t have to be tonight, in case you already have dinner all lined up. Overachiever. EGG FOO YOUNG 1 cup (1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag) uncooked instant rice…

Come on, weekend. Time for some Thai chicken

   January 20, 2012 3:57 pm

Are you ready to get home tonight and fire up the stove? Or, well, at least think about firing up the stove tomorrow? Yeah. Tomorrow might be better. Anyway, I’m hankering for Pulled Pork, but everything for that is in the freezer, so I might change my mind. How about something to celebrate the Lunar…

Looking for guys in the kitchen

   January 19, 2012 11:39 am

When I was growing up, the last place you’d have found my dad was at the stove. But now that he’s retired, he does do the grocery shopping. Mom still cooks dinner, but he makes hot breakfast a lot. That’s a small example of a larger trend sweeping the country, with more men shopping and…

Book-Drawing Wednesday

   January 18, 2012 10:10 am

I was blown away by the response to the drawing for “Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion,” by Dinah Corley. Your fearlessness in the face of these intricate dishes is duly noted. The winner is the aptly named Catie Cook. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Catie Cook,…

Upgraded enchiladas

   January 16, 2012 12:14 pm

That recipe I posted Friday for enchiladas served as just a jumping off point for what I actually made, and it was one of the tastiest comfort foods I’ve tried in a while. I just wanted to share the upgraded version, in case you want to try them. I know I will again soon. UPGRADED…