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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Whyyyy do I find it so hard to resist the IKEA cafeteria? The last time we went, there were no clean tables, no forks left in the utensil bins, and the food hovered somewhere around room temp. As I sat at my sticky table eating […]

Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

The word “quiche” comes from the German word kuchen which means “cake” or “tart”. Isn’t Wikipedia great? I sometimes think about the people who spend their valuable time writing and editing Wikipedia entries. In these dark times, it kind of gives me hope in humankind […]

Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Last week my husband Phil came down with a bout of pneumonia. As a result, not much cooking happened around here, but one night I made this Indian spiced carrot ginger soup and, for a sick guy, he slurped it down pretty enthusiastically. The warm […]

Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

Salad for dinner is a ¬†year round once-a-week staple at our house, but I have to admit that I sometimes struggle to keep it interesting. To make salad appealing and substantial enough to be a main course, I feel like there needs to be some […]

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last night, as a monster blizzard blew through town, I thought about this soup. (Instead we had a frozen pizza but that’s neither here nor there). The truth is, for me, this chicken tortilla soup is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The heat from the […]

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

I looooooove chicken wings. Love ’em. Back when my metabolism could handle it (a long time ago!), I used to spend way too much time in those chicken wing places that you usually find in strip malls. You know, the kind that feature all manner […]

Roast Beef Sandwich with Boursin

Roast Beef Sandwich with Boursin

As sandwiches go, pretty much the only one that can make me pause when browsing a restaurant menu is roast beef. A roast beef sandwich always sounds terrific in theory. I can practically taste it just thinking about it. Too bad it is almost always […]

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles

In the 90s I lived in Houston, and when my mom and I met for lunch it was most often at P.F. Chang’s in Highland Village. It was packed every day of the week. There was always a cheerful din, never loud enough to get […]