Archive | September, 2010

Luscious Buns

27 Sep

They are.  Just you wait.

I don’t know about you, but the whole phenomenon of the dumpling was, for a very long time, a complete mystery to me.  I cannot count the number of drunken Manhattan evenings I ended sitting at a folding table in one of those walk-in takeout Chinese places, waiting for my dumplings to come to the counter.  When I moved to Boston and could no longer find the veggie variety (much kinder to the diet) Dan and I started the intimidating task of learning to make our own.

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Breakfast for Lazy Misers

19 Sep

For many years, my mom made egg casseroles for special occasions like Christmas brunch.  Now, I have to admit that this dish needs a PR makeover, because who wants to eat something that sounds as unappetizing as an egg casserole?  I really urge you, however, to give this poor, unappreciated dish a good look, because it is awesome in so many ways. Continue reading

Puppies to Pasta

11 Sep

I want to tell you about my Friday, because I think it’s a perfect example of a day when I had to make choices, left and right, in order to cook and get other things accomplished.  With the budget being tight this month, Dan and I have been making an effort to cook cheaper meals, so I had planned to prepare a pasta sauce we first found online, years ago, and made for my 30th birthday.  At the time, it was a big project for the two of us, which shows me how much we’ve learned in the past eight years, because now it seems fairly simple to me.  I felt  a little like a cheater doing such an easy sauce on a Friday, but it was what Dan wanted, so I planned on it. Continue reading

Presto Pesto

3 Sep

When you want to feel really self-satisfied over a home cooking endeavor, look no further than pesto.  It’s one of those foods that has a sort of glamorous foodie image and with good cause.  Pesto adds incredible flavor to everything from sandwiches to pasta.  It’s expensive to buy, though, and can be overpowering if you use too much.  I think people are a little intimidated by it.

When we finally moved into our own house and I had room to grow as much basil as my heart desired, I went a little overboard.  In the summer of 2006, my backyard looked like it belonged to Cheech and Chong.  What could I do with all this basil?  I just made batch after batch of pesto and froze it in ice cube trays.  For the entire winter, we had fresh pesto (defrosted on the spot) to use in our meals.

Basil Rocks

Basil Rocks

This didn’t change the fact, though, that every pesto recipe I tried appeared to be lots of work and, frankly, a big mess.  It was only this summer when I was too lazy to go to the store that I realized you can make an absolutely kick-ass pesto with only four ingredients.  It really is that simple.  Here’s what you do. Continue reading

Got Garlic? Proceed!

1 Sep

Okay, well, you’re going to need a few other things, but I am positively reeking of garlic this morning.  Luckily, Dan is also reeking of garlic and is working from home (a fortunate coincidence – not a reaction to over-consumption of garlic).  I’m not sure the electrician will be thrilled when he arrives, though.

Last night I improvised a meal that turned out great.  It was cheap, healthy, and fairly simple, so I thought I would share it.

My neighbors graciously told me to go pick all their ripe veggies while they were away this week, so I came home with a basket of mystery peppers and a bunch of tomatoes.  While talking to them online, however, they warned me to “be careful with those long green peppers…we don’t know how hot they are.”  Well…one tentative taste told me that their reckless use was liable to burn our eyebrows off.  With so many of these little buggers to eat, I wondered what I should do with all of them?  I also happened to have some fresh cilantro left over from a weekend meal, plus a half a vidalia onion.  Is it any surprise I thought of salsa? Continue reading