Month: April 2017

Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Parm and Lemon:  Light and Fast

Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Parm and Lemon: Light and Fast

There are days when it’s time to eat light, but well. This is one of those days. Maybe you, like me, have a wedding coming up and a dress you’d like to get into.

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One-Pan Barramundi on Greens and Onions  with Dijon Sauce

One-Pan Barramundi on Greens and Onions with Dijon Sauce

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One of my favorite fish preparations is to cook fillets right on top of vegetables. Could be tomatoes and chiles, eggplant and garlic, asparagus, celery and fennel, ratatouille (see below) or, as in this case, a big bunch of tender young greens stirred up with one big sautéed onion. Plain white fish is, after all, plain white fish. Vegetables make all the difference in the world. There’s still lemon, of course.

Below:  Ratatouille-Steamed Salmon with Jasmine Rice

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Grilled Veggie Tacos with Salsa-Ranch Dressing

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Salsa-Ranch Dressing

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Did you eat too many chocolate eggs over the weekend?  A bit more ham than you planned on? Have a refrigerator full of boiled eggs? (Scroll to bottom for a scrumptious idea on that.)

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Spring Brunch for a Crowd Made Easy–Sheet Pan Quiche with Variations

Spring Brunch for a Crowd Made Easy–Sheet Pan Quiche with Variations

   In Alyce’s Kitchen: SHEET PAN CLASS UPCOMING MAY 22: 10 AM-1PM. $40. Message me or leave a comment if you’d like a spot. Includes lunch! Will repeat in June as needed since a few of you already can’t make that date, but want to make sheet pan meals with me. Can’t wait to cook with you!

Dorie Greenspan and I are in total agreement over one thing:  quiche must return to the everyday American table on a regular basis! Not that I know Dorie personally– though we’ve exchanged a few comments here and there on social media–but when I read her recent column about quiche in the Washington Post, I felt my heart strings pull just a little tighter.  I know an ally when I read one.  YES!

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Friday Fish:  Clam-Vegetable Chowder with Cheddar

Friday Fish: Clam-Vegetable Chowder with Cheddar

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If you’re from New England, I’m sure I just screwed the pooch with this chowder. But I’m from Chicago and chowder is a great meal I’ve mostly had in restaurants and on New England and Canadian cruises.

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Friday Fish: Favorite Easy Shrimp Meals

Friday Fish: Favorite Easy Shrimp Meals

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We had our first serious day of winter yesterday, April 4, 2017. It was beautiful, not too cold, quickly melting, and intensely hydrating for our gardens. We are grateful for water and for a day to make a big pot of vegetable-beef soup. Trees, small- huge limbs, and power were (are) down all over town due to the heavy-weighted snow’s impact.

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Meatless Mondays:  Curried Lentil Soup with Fresh Greens

Meatless Mondays: Curried Lentil Soup with Fresh Greens

 Originally published three years ago, April 2, 2014 on my dinnerplace.blogspot.com site.

Once, while visiting my sister, I said, “How about some lentil soup?” (I knew I was cooking dinner.)  She shuddered and made as if to retch, all the while saying, “I love lentil soup, but…”  Turns out that years ago, when she was still cooking for her family, a very large and delicious kettle of the soup went uneaten by anyone except by her.  Days went by, the soup remained, she kept eating until….well, you might get the picture. Continue reading “Meatless Mondays: Curried Lentil Soup with Fresh Greens”