home cooked dinners by the season

Category: Winter

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ginger Cilantro Chicken Meatballs

Ginger Cilantro Chicken Meatballs

The reasons to love meatballs are easy. Little flavor bombs packed with ingredients to make them way more interesting to eat than the meat on its own. For the cook they’re easy to throw together, roll and brown in a bit of oil and difficult…

Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

Your oven does the cooking with this recipe, where roasted vegetables carry more weight than the protein. It encompasses all things great for a busy weeknight cook interested in flavorful, nutritious cooking using whole foods. And it manages to be a bit sophisticated. There is…

Valen-Time Cooking: Recipes to Suit your Mood

Valen-Time Cooking: Recipes to Suit your Mood

Cooking alongside the person or people you most love being with is a simple and powerful way to say I love you. It’s often said the kitchen is the heart of the home and the recipes prepared with love are the soul. So I say,…

Citrus Kissed Winter Salad

Citrus Kissed Winter Salad

Winter salad ingredients can be every bit as inspiring as those in summer. Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, baby kale leaves, juicy mandarin orange sections, creamy avocado chunks and pomegranate seeds all tossed together with a lime honey vinaigrette are proof of that. The addition of coarsely…

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

I consider black beans the little black dress of food. Elegant and simple, they can be dressed up depending on what you put with them. Curry powder, turmeric and cinnamon create a little exoticness in this one pot soup that makes enough to enjoy more…

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

I like the taste of salmon, but its nutritional benefits are the real reason I try to cook with it at least twice a week. I even break my seasonal ingredient rule, cooking it no matter what month it is. Fortunately the “previously frozen” wild…

30-Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

30-Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Our love affair with these wraps began many years ago, but I’ve resisted sharing it with you because even though I’ve tweaked and personalized the recipe my daughter got from one of the families she babysits for, I do not know the original source. I…

Garam Masala Shrimp

Garam Masala Shrimp

“Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile”                       -Franklin Jones- I say there is always room to give more love in this world. Cooking dinner is one of…

Oven Seared Cod with Lemon Vinaigrette

Oven Seared Cod with Lemon Vinaigrette

Eat more seafood. Three simple words and one of my New Year’s resolutions that, so far, I am staying on track with. I realize we’re all more inclined to associate eating more seafood with summer when it’s easier to fire up the grill, but with…

Super Sunday Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas

Super Sunday Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas

It’s the week of the Super Bowl and if you haven’t already planned what you will be making, these Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas would be a good choice whether you’re watching or not. The recipe was inspired by one a dear friend gave me…

Favorite Recipes of 2014

Favorite Recipes of 2014

On a recent trip to San Juan Island I spent much of the time on the ferry ride reading through my neglected pile of recipe books, newspaper food sections and food magazines. I am one of those people who tirelessly spend long chunks of time…