Deviled eggs will steal your soul

   March 30, 2012 2:34 pm

You cook them perfectly, dye them carefully, store them properly, hide them gleefully, and then, what, throw them away? Heck, no. Peel them, slice them, take out the yolks and devil them. This simple recipe for deviled eggs from the Chicago Tribune looks stunning and delicious. I especially like the presentation idea: slicing a bit…

Pie on the side — hold the ice cream

   March 29, 2012 1:19 pm

Pies are slowly replacing cupcakes in the dessert trend world, and chefs are co-opting the yumminess-wrapped-in-crust concept for their savory dishes. The theory goes that crust goes a long way toward improving the curb appeal of any dish that might have been ho-hum without it. I found a package of pie recipes on Parents.com, many…

Book-drawing Wednesday, and unique cobbler

   March 28, 2012 10:45 am

Welcome to book-drawing Wednesday, where we (I) give away a cookbook that we’ve (I’ve) gotten in the mail and must part with for the sake of our (my) desk (s). The drawing this week was for “101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches,” from Gooseberry Patch. The lucky winner is Janet Hansen. We’ll (I’ll) pop it in…

For goodness sake, slow down

   March 27, 2012 3:45 pm

For John’s birthday yesterday, I made Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot. I love that recipe. Simply wonderful and wonderfully simple. So I have the Crock Pot on the counter, which puts it top of mind, especially since the weather has turned more seasonable, by which I mean cold. The website Circle of Moms sends…

‘Tender chicken’ with tomatoes: Must make soon

   March 26, 2012 1:36 pm

Some reviewer of Tender Tomato Chicken on Allrecipes.com complained that the chicken was too tender. Turns out she was kidding. She was just having trouble getting it on her fork. From what I can tell, I will have no trouble getting it off my fork. The recipe says to use the chicken breast meat whole….

I say frittatas

   March 22, 2012 12:28 pm

My family of three is going through eggs faster than Perkins on Sunday morning. The kid wants scrambled eggs for dinner — every night. I don’t fight that as much as I should. It’s hard to argue with lean protein that’s ready in 90 seconds. On top of that, my husband eats one every morning….

Book Drawing Wednesday and Frozen Fruit Salad

   March 21, 2012 12:49 pm

Thanks to the brave souls who wrote in to win a copy of “Sugarlicious,” by Meaghan Mountford. It looks like it provides truly endless experiences in the kitchen. Stacey Serrano won the book, and I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Stacey Serrano, drop me a line to enter for “101…

Asparagus arrives, although it never left

   March 20, 2012 4:54 pm

My forsythia are blooming, which used to mean asparagus season is almost over. Not this year. The flowers are 6 weeks early, and these days, asparagus hangs around the produce department all year long. But let’s pretend, in an homage to the days when spring didn’t start till May and we ate asparagus grown in…

Yes, dieters, you can eat meatloaf

   March 15, 2012 11:43 am

Meatloaf is one of my husband’s top 10 favorite meals. I’ve never made one that he didn’t wolf down within two days. Luckily he’s not too picky, as long as it contains lots of Worcestershire and ketchup. I’ve even made a few off the cuff without recipes to lean on, which is unusual. He doesn’t…

Book Drawing Wednesday: “Sugarlicious”

   March 14, 2012 11:19 am

Welcome to book-drawing Wednesday, where I clear off my desk and everybody wins. Well, at least one person wins. This week’s drawing was for “Cooking With Trader Joes: Skinny Dish,” by Jennifer K. Reilly. Winner is Janice Locke. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Janice Locke, you are welcome to…