Lemony Chicken & Orzo fast, healthy, springy

   April 30, 2013 10:55 am

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…

Book drawing — and Margarita Chicken

   April 25, 2013 2:41 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Recipes and Dreams From An Italian Life,” by Tessa Kiros. It’ll be hard to give this on away. The winner is Bill Cox. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Bill Cox, you are eligible to enter the drawing for “200 Easy Mexican…

It takes you to mango

   April 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Admit it. You want to try mango. You even tried it before, but it was a mess: What, for the love of God, is up with that giant pit/seed thing in the middle? How on Earth are you supposed to cut it? It’s so darned slippery, how do you not cut off a finger? This,…

Skillet Chicken With Tomato Cream Sauce

   April 19, 2013 12:42 pm

I was just eating creamy tomato soup from Panera and was fondly remembering it when I went looking in my saved recipes for this post. I didn’t have to look farther than Skillet Chicken With Tomato Cream Sauce, which promises simplicity and a crowd-pleasing, regular-rotation-worthy dinner. I’d bet it’s a version of a classic dish…

Book-drawing and Crostini With Anchovy, Sun-dried Tomato & Mascarpone

   April 18, 2013 2:51 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining: 100 Plus Recipes and 30 Party Plans.” The winner is Carolyn Totten. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Carolyn Totten, you are eligible to win the drawing for “Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life,” by Tessa Kiros….

Shrimp bisque cooks in minutes

   April 17, 2013 11:33 am

Creamy soups don’t have to be nutritional disasters. Even better, they don’t require much in the way of cooking. Fast Shrimp Bisque only needs a gentle heating to cook the shrimp. Use fat-free milk and evaporated milk to keep the calories down and this would make a nice spring-y lunch or dinner appetizer. Or light…

Happy birthday, Erie Times-News! Have some cake

   April 12, 2013 1:54 pm

I had planned to talk about making layer cakes today, since it’s my mom’s birthday and Sunday’s my birthday. Little did I know when I was planning this that the venerable Erie Times-News would be taking the cake with its 125th edition today. So there’s never, ever, been a better time to talk about cake….

Book-drawing Thursday and Spinach, Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

   April 11, 2013 12:47 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “A Time to Cook: Dishes from my Southern Sideboard,” by James T. Farmer III.” The winner is Wendy McKeen. I’ll pop it in the mail soon. If you are not Wendy McKeen, you can enter the drawing for “Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining: 100+ recipes & 30 Party…

Working Mom’s Mini Meatloafs (Meatloaves?)

   April 9, 2013 3:09 pm

For purposes of context, allow me to break down my day. Many of you might not need much description. Drive like heck to Erie for an early doctor’s appointment. John puts kid on the bus so I can get there. Work like heck to get a project off my desk that was due Friday. Took…

Upscale Scalloped Potatoes — and why mine turned black

   April 5, 2013 3:07 pm

One of my favorite food writers, Jane Snow, formerly of the Akron Beacon Journal, recently blogged about a recipe for Incredible Scalloped Potatoes. I went right home that night and made it. It didn’t seem that hard when I read it, but I learned that it’s not like falling off a log, either. The tastes…