home cooked dinners by the season

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Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted cauliflower has long been one of my favorite winter vegetables. Tossed with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, roasting brings out the flavor of this somewhat bland vegetable with the caramelization that occurs when it turns a…

Weeknight-Fast Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

Weeknight-Fast Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

In my perfect world, all my weeknight dinners would be one-pan friendly and as few ingredients as possible. What’s not to love about having all the components of a complete dinner in one pan, as well as the least preparation possible. You don’t even need…

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

Streamlined recipes are especially appealing right now. We’ve all put a lot of miles around the track cooking at home this past year and it has been exhausting. I get it. On the positive side you have probably been eating healthier and you’ve most likely…

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…

Revisiting Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken Sausage

Revisiting Orechiette with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Chicken Sausage

Right now it’s all about tomatoes. Ripe, plump, juicy and bursting with the flavor that is really only possible to get this time of year. Yes, we’re lucky they are available all year long, but honestly when tomatoes truly aren’t in season I will take…

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

  Without a doubt, now is the best time to be cooking with fresh basil. Whether from your own garden or a farmer’s market, it is infinitely more flavorful than the packages available year round in the grocery store. This is one of my favorite…

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are actually way easier to make than you might think. Armed with a few fresh ingredients – quite possible already in your refrigerator – the rice wrappers and the 5 ingredients needed for the peanut sauce you are ready to go. My…

Smoked Salmon Pasta

Smoked Salmon Pasta

Smoked salmon is a bit of a secret weapon in the kitchen. The cooking has already been done, a small amount goes a long way and it’s a nutritional powerhouse. This is exactly why this recipe has been on repeat in my kitchen all winter.…

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Some things are just more beautiful on the inside, like celery root.  You may have skimmed over it in the produce section thinking what is this unattractive and obscure vegetable, and how would I use it. Also known as celery knob or celeriac, it might…

Weeknight Cioppino

Weeknight Cioppino

My husband and I never can quite agree about what type of fish should go into cioppino. He says it must be salmon for the rich flavors it imparts in the broth. He also has a memory association from the first time he tasted it…

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Cauliflower replaced kale as the darling of trendy vegetables awhile ago, but it’s still going strong at my house. What’s not to love about a healthy vegetable that is easy to cook and can be seasoned in countless ways? Admittedly though, roasting is the only…

Carbonara Revisited – in 25 Minutes

Carbonara Revisited – in 25 Minutes

I know, I know. I can hear you whispering the “f” word when I say that Carbonara should be on your regular dinner rotation. Yes, it’s true. Bacon, cream, butter, egg and Parmesan – they all add up to one big fat party. And that’s…

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…

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad

Every so often I crave fried chicken. Not the thickly battered, slightly greasy bone-in pieces I associate with a not to be named fast food restaurant that showed up in a cardboard bucket at my childhood picnics. Instead a version using boneless, skinless chicken and…

Summer’s Best Burger

Summer’s Best Burger

The Blended Burger Project is the genius idea of the James Beard Foundation. It began as a way to encourage healthier eating that is more sustainable for our planet by blending ground meat with mushrooms. Unknowingly I had started doing my own testing for ways…

30-Minute Asparagus Chicken Skillet

30-Minute Asparagus Chicken Skillet

I’m in one of those phases where I will only consider a recipe if it takes less then 45 minutes to prepare and if it’s in one pan. I spent several weeks in April working on three different asparagus recipes with this goal in mind…

What to Cook This Week

What to Cook This Week

I’m back from a bit of a blogging hibernation. Here in the Pacific Northwest winter is hanging on… Every morning I wake up thinking today will be the day when I can dress a bit lighter. Maybe I can ditch my boots. But no, I…

Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Dinner

Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Dinner

There is no denying the magic of a slow cooker. The ingredients go in and hours later your house is ruminating with the welcoming smells of something fabulous. Every time I use my slow cooker I am infinitely appreciative and admittedly a bit smug knowing…

1-2-3-4 Parchment Baked Seafood

1-2-3-4 Parchment Baked Seafood

In these first few days of January, it seems like pretty much everyone is trying to eat healthier. January has become synonymous with “cleansing” after the indulgence of December and as a way to set oneself straight for a new year. I get that. So here…

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…