Sirloin and Smoky Orange Sauce

   April 27, 2012 3:40 pm

OK it’s supposed to be cold all weekend. I know. But the sun’s supposed to be out, and it’s just about time to uncover that grill and send the spiders packing. Sure you can wait until Memorial Day. But that’s only four weeks away, and it’s just as likely to be 40 degrees then, too….

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

   April 26, 2012 2:02 pm

In and around my department, we have many food-lovers. We have two food writers, as well as several co-workers who just like to cook, and a gaggle of appreciative colleagues who just like to eat. I don’t remember how it started, but for years now, we’ve planned what we’ve imaginatively dubbed “Food Days,” when lots…

Book-drawing Wednesday and light tuna casserole

   April 25, 2012 2:19 pm

Thanks for all who entered the drawing for Weber’s “Smoke: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill.” You are an intrepid lot. The winner is Penny Guelcher. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Penny Guelcher, you are eligible to put your name in the hat for one…

Stromboli jumped off the screen

   April 24, 2012 10:18 am

I love food websites that send out recipe collections. This recipe for Broccoli, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stromboli came in a package of 41 “Speedy Suppers That Won’t Break the Bank” from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food newsletter. It’s just so much fun to scroll through the pictures, hunting for recipe treasures. I don’t like them all,…

Quiche me good morning

   April 23, 2012 1:48 pm

Weekend mornings were made for breakfast casseroles. You have a little more time to sit around, sip your coffee and wait patiently for something that will blow a hole in your cold cereal routine. Chiles Rellenos Quiche seems to me to fit comfortably into our lives tomorrow morning, when we don’t have to leave the…

Minis for me: Pizza in the tin

   April 19, 2012 11:10 am

There’s something about small versions of usually big food. Whenever I see it, like meatloaves in a muffin tin, or cake pops, that I find myself cooing over them like a newborn human. Maybe it’s just an overly caffeinated maternal instinct, but I simply can’t resist. I’d like to think that the trend toward miniature…

Book-drawing Wednesday returns!

   April 18, 2012 12:35 pm

Hello, out there. Sorry about my hiatus last week. I was home on vacation, during which — many of you already know — I used to clean and reorganize my kitchen. Yes, I really know how to live. It was one of those things that could not wait another moment. I was tearing my hair…

Book-drawing Wednesday — and Sweet Onion Casserole

   April 4, 2012 11:40 am

Thanks to all who entered the drawing for “Baking Basics and Beyond,” by Pat Sinclair. The lucky winner is Jennifer Brinkley. I’ll pop the book in the mail today. If you are not Jennifer Brinkley, you’re eligible to enter the drawing for new Gooseberry Patch book “Simple Shortcut Recipes,” including many sent in by readers….

Fire up the grill and shuck some clams

   April 3, 2012 12:24 pm

I have a coworker, I’ll call him Gerry Weiss, who likes to send me e-mails with recipes with some variation on the question; “You are making this for me, when?” Usually, he’s right on about great-looking dishes. I’m not sure why. He doesn’t really cook, doesn’t follow food trends, but he does eat. And, in…

Leek Asparagus Soup headed for my stove

   April 2, 2012 1:33 pm

I want to go home right now. And I want to make Leek, Asparagus & Herb Soup right now. And I want to eat this right now. In reverse order. It’s been a while since I tried a good soup. Meaning since March 8, when I posted the recipe about Curried Carrot Soup. I’ll admit,…