home cooked dinners by the season

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Those of us who used to pass on Brussels sprouts are giving them a second look. In the past the motivation to eat them might have been more for their nutritional attributes than their flavor qualities. All that has changed. Thinly sliced and quartered, and…

30-Minute Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato and Red Pepper

30-Minute Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato and Red Pepper

My New Year’s challenge is on. To include recipes each month with just six to eight ingredients or less (not including very basic ingredients like olive oil, kosher salt, soy sauce, etc.) My daughter thinks it should be every recipe, but hey I don’t want…

Skillet Tamale Cobbler

Skillet Tamale Cobbler

One pan recipes intrigue me. But only if they rely on the flavors of the central ingredients and not a can of creamed soup or a package of dry seasoning like the casseroles a generation of us were raised on. My kids don’t want anything…

Autumn Falafel Salad

Autumn Falafel Salad

Things are getting challenging in my kitchen. Gone are the days when all four of us would eat most kinds of food. Instead I hear things like “I won’t eat that kind of meat” or “no dairy for me”. My kids are typical Gen Y…

Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai cooking was the most popular class I taught over a span of 15 years. The mystique of cooking from this culture which many people hadn’t experienced, combined with the exotic nature of the ingredients were my explanation of why. But true to most things…

Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce

I tend to forget about using pork tenderloin when making skewers and almost always default to chicken breast. Pork tenderloin is so perfect as the tender meat easily soaks up the marinade ingredients and then it cooks quickly on the grill. Truly, I almost feel…

Yaki Soba

Yaki Soba

Yaki Soba is a Japanese fried noodle dish typically made by stir-frying noodles with chicken, shrimp or beef and vegetables with a flavorful sauce. You could say it’s the Japanese equivalent of Chinese chow mein. The beauty of it is you get protein, starch and vegetables…

Indian Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

Indian Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

As much as I feel strongly about keeping my Thanksgiving menu traditional, I like to change it up for Christmas and New Year’s. A recipe that can be partly or fully made ahead is my only requirement so I can enjoy myself too. So this recipe…

Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

  Sometimes after Thanksgiving I need a complete departure from traditional American cooking and from the hours spent in the kitchen. You’ll get just that with this simple and quick recipe for Mongolian Beef. Typically this is ordered in restaurants and not made at home,…

Thai Halibut Curry with Basil

Thai Halibut Curry with Basil

Gone are the days of eating halibut several times a week. It’s just too expensive. But I love halibut and one way of getting around the price is to cut the fillet into chunks and simmer it along with other ingredients in a sauce. The number…

Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Anyone that likes Mexican food will love this salad of grilled kernels of corn, crunchy tortilla strips, marinated cooked chicken and crisp romaine lettuce all lightly bathed in a cilantro flecked and lime zest vinaigrette. There are a few extra steps to this salad that…

Thai-Style Garlic Prawns

Thai-Style Garlic Prawns

I taught Thai cooking classes for years and this recipe was easily one of the all time favorites. Bursting with the flavors of fresh cilantro and garlic is how everyone describes it. The stems of cilantro have more flavor than the leaves and that is…