Picnic pickles to dine for

   June 28, 2013 1:47 pm

Something very odd is happening to me. I used to be able to pass up salty stuff on my way to the sweet and carby stuff. Chocolate chip cookies, pie, bread, breakfast cereal were all acceptable dinner entrees when I wasn’t cooking for the family. Lately, I want cold cuts, red meat, eggs, sausage, cheese,…

Positively craveable can’t-miss curry

   June 27, 2013 1:02 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen.” The winner is Tom Pallan. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Tom Pallan, you are eligible to enter the drawing for “The Passionate Vegetable,” by Suzanne Landry. As locally grown fresh vegetables start showing up on farm…

The easiest elegant recipe for sugar snap peas

   June 26, 2013 1:38 pm

Usually, elegant recipes mean tracking down weird, expensive ingredients and spending hours trapped at the sink engaged in menial labor. Sugar Snap Peas with Ricotta, Mint and Lemon means none of that. It just sounds like it does. I found it on www.purewow.com, which credits it to a new book, “Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian” by…

Incredible ribs: Resistance is futile

   June 25, 2013 12:13 pm

Last summer I made ribs and loved them until I figured out how unhealthy they are, and I spent weeks repenting. This summer I want to make ribs once or twice and not waste the experience by serving it with a side of guilt. I’ve accepted that simply can’t go the rest of my life…

Gluten-free and fabulous Pasta Salad

   June 20, 2013 2:22 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Living Paleo For Dummies,” by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci. The winner is Karen Siverd. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Karen Siverd, you are eligible for “Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love,” by Carlyn Berghoff,…

Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles will change your dinner plans

   June 18, 2013 2:41 pm

I haven’t cooked in a few days due to a heavy schedule of extra-curriculars, and I can’t face another dinner of leftovers/cold cereal/frozen pizza/restaurant. Because I’m cooking for my column tomorrow, I was just sifting through books, magazines and e-mails for contenders. The recipe-choosing process for my printed Loaves & Dishes column can take a…

Scrumptious ways to enjoy white-hot avocados

   June 14, 2013 1:12 pm

Sometimes foods get hot, white hot, as in rockstar hot, and they’re all you hear about in the foodie community for months, even years, as chefs jump on the wagon and churn out creative ways to use them. For example, you might have heard a little about bacon there for a while … Now, thanks…

Go paleo painlessly with Club Sandwich Salad

   June 13, 2013 4:55 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “150 Best Desserts in a Jar,” by Andrea Jourdan. The winner is Wendy McKeen. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Wendy McKeen, you are eligible for the drawing for “Living Paleo For Dummies,” by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci. You’ve probably heard…

Strawberry Pie: Beyond the gloop

   June 12, 2013 11:47 am

John, my husband and father of our son, J.R., has simple tastes. All it really takes to wow him is a baked pie crust. Someday I swear I’m just going to make a plain one and serve it to him. But not this week. He waits patiently all year for me to bring home a…

Back at it, with this simple Strawberry “Shortcake”

   June 10, 2013 1:04 pm

Hey, there. Sorry about my radio silence last week. I was at home trying to wrestle a vegetable garden into the ground. I got it in, late but better than never. With any luck, at least some of the tomatoes will be ready before the snow falls. Between the weeding, and the weeding and the…