home cooked dinners by the season

Tag: 30 minutes or less

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

It’s all about the Tomatoes

It’s all about the Tomatoes

Tomato season is here and for me there is no greater sense of urgency then now to enjoy their sweet full flavor and plump juicy texture. It’s truly how nature intended them to be. Technology and farming techniques have made it possible to grow and…

Summertime Chicken Burgers

Summertime Chicken Burgers

Right now is perhaps my favorite time of year. The light beginning early in the morning and extending well beyond what’s typical, is reason enough to feel happy about what’s to come now that summer has officially arrived. It’s also reason to be eating more of…

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…

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…

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…

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

The first time I grew tomatoes I knew very little about gardening. But we had a small south facing garden spot between our walkway and house begging to be planted. So we put three Early Girls in the ground. The steady sunshine and heat thrown…

Mediterranean Halibut Skillet

Mediterranean Halibut Skillet

Halibut fosters a sort of love hate relationship. It’s heavenly to eat but commonly over cooked especially when grilled. Quickly searing fillets then simmering them in a sea of tomatoes, roasted red peppers and fresh tarragon increases the chances of moist texture and imparts flavor…

Pan Seared Chicken with Rhubarb Thyme Sauce

Pan Seared Chicken with Rhubarb Thyme Sauce

Poor rhubarb. Not only does it suffer an identity crisis but also it can’t always stand on its own. It’s thought of more often as a fruit even though it’s technically a vegetable, and a sour one at that – needing to be paired with…

Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini

Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini

Big flavors, healthy ingredients and dinner on the table in 30 minutes with bucatini pasta, spicy Italian chicken sausage and fresh oregano. Bucatini is my favorite pasta shape. Slightly thicker than a spaghetti noodle with a hole running down the center, buco means hole in…