home cooked dinners by the season

Category: Autumn

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Whew, my (and your) search for the best plant-based cake (burger) is over! You may never have given lentil cakes a thought until now, but I am pretty sure these will become part of your routine once you try them. Maybe you are a solid…

30-Minute Skillet Enchiladas

30-Minute Skillet Enchiladas

Are you among the statistics of cooks who prefer to spend an average of 27 minutes to get dinner on the table? True confessions, I count myself in that group, at least several nights a week. My personal challenge is to produce something that tastes…

Lemon Grass Meatballs

Lemon Grass Meatballs

Don’t miss out on cooking with lemon grass because you don’t know what to do with it. I’ll admit it can be an intimidating ingredient. The long, woody stalks don’t look like something worthy of eating and their citrusy scent isn’t unleashed until you cut…

Pear Spinach Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Pear Spinach Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

 Many people shy away from buying pears because of the frustration of not knowing when they are ripe to eat. I did the same thing until I learned the secret to knowing just when they are ready. It’s just a gently push on the stem…

Chicken Tarragon Meatball Soup

Chicken Tarragon Meatball Soup

I look forward to September if only for the structure it provides for returning to cooking dinner on a more regular basis. But how to get motivated after the warm and dreamy days of summer where throwing dinner together at the last minute and dining…

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

I have a little story to tell about the power of a good recipe, friendship and six degrees of separation. Having been distracted these past few months with projects that have taken my creative energy away from my blog, I’d been feeling a fair amount…

Jerusalem Chicken and Couscous

Jerusalem Chicken and Couscous

Many nights, about 45 minutes seems to be the amount of time I prefer to take to cook a weekday dinner. I guess I am a bit more patient than the average person who spends about 27 minutes according to Michael Pollan in his book…

Three of my favorite fall dinners

Three of my favorite fall dinners

I love fall cooking. As much as I hang onto summer until the very last second, when I do finally let go, I’m excited about the changes it brings for cooking dinner in the cooler weather. In fact, I sort of liken it to changing…

Rosemary Lemon Split Roast Chicken

Rosemary Lemon Split Roast Chicken

I’m not sure when I veered off the path of making my own roast whole chicken and instead fell into the habit of picking one up at the grocery store. It must have happened gradually while in the blur of raising kids but it was…

Thanksgiving Weekend Salad Bowl

Thanksgiving Weekend Salad Bowl

In the days following Thanksgiving what’s needed is a bit of redemption from overeating and ideas for what to do with leftover turkey. Here you have both. And most of the ingredients might be on hand in the pantry and refrigerator – leftover remnants from doing…

Thanksgiving Q & A

Thanksgiving Q & A

I’m not exactly sure when in my adult life that Thanksgiving overtook the other holidays as my favorite, but I do know I love it because it gives way more than it expects from us. Being the least commercialized holiday it really only requires an…

White Bean Fennel Soup

White Bean Fennel Soup

Here is a soup when you want something simple and filling and with variations to keep it interesting – pureed and with the addition of Italian chicken sausage. White beans, soaked overnight, are simmered with browned sliced fennel and onions, garlic and fresh thyme leaves…

Pan Seared Apple Pork

Pan Seared Apple Pork

Let’s just say I came into a lot of apples last week. My friend’s trees were loaded with both red and green and I was at the right place at the right time. It goes without saying I loved getting them, but I was also…

One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken Meatballs

One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken Meatballs

It’s not often I hear someone say they don’t like meatballs. I think it’s because they are just fun to eat. Each bite has many flavors and they’re tender from mixing additional ingredients to the ground meat. True, they do take a bit more time…

December Entertaining Part 1

December Entertaining Part 1

I’m devoting my first posts this month to giving you main dish ideas for holiday entertaining. I’m not sure how your thinking goes about what to make for your significant gatherings but I go back and forth between doing a more formal sit down or…

Thanksgiving Starters

Thanksgiving Starters

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I’m straying from posting a main dish recipe just long enough to give you a cocktail and appetizer recipe to serve before the big meal. For the Old Fashioned, I went back to my recipe files from the newspaper column…

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

It baffles me that archeologists can estimate when a food originated from so long ago. I know it’s based on a multitude of things but I still have to wonder with a bit of awe and question how do they really know? Like with lentils…

Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

My good friend Carol has a special place where she hunts for chanterelle mushrooms. She’s graciously invited me to follow along with her a few times but much to my loss our schedules haven’t lined up for me to be the fortunate beneficiary. So like…

45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice

45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice

My son has been using A Year At The Table recipes to cook dinner. Having graduated from college he is living in an apartment and facing the often-daunting task of what to cook for dinner. He’s frustrated though with the cooking process. Doing the shopping, organizing the right equipment and doing the actual cooking can be overwhelming, he says. Can’t there be a simpler way?

I promised him I would develop a recipe “template” that he can use over and over, reminding him that like anything, the more you cook the same recipe the better you get at it…

Fennel Rosemary Orange Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce

Fennel Rosemary Orange Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce

Fresh rosemary, fennel seeds and orange zest form a savory herb rub for this pork loin roast and slivers of garlic randomly poked into the meat before it is roasted guarantee each slice is savory and flavorful. I like pork loin roast because it’s an…