Edamame Pesto

edamame pesto

It seems like only yesterday that edamame was an exotic treat that I could only find in Japanese restaurants, and now my local A&P is carrying it in giant bags in the freezer section.  Which is a wonderful thing, because instead of only being able to nosh on it when we go out for sushi, now I can make things like edamame pesto, which is a creamy, dreamy, slightly gentler version of the basil pesto we all know and love.  And just as easy to whirl up in 60 seconds or less in your food processor.  If you haven't yet discovered the deliciousness that is edamame, come along with me...and if you have, still come along because I am going to show you how to make it into pesto! Read More & Get the Recipe

The Best Steak Caesar Salad Ever. Really.

Steak Caesar Salad

I will freely admit it - I can be annoying to go out to eat with.  Maybe it is because I am a food blogger (although I kind of doubt it, because all my wonderful food blogger friends are amazingly nice, sweet, the opposite-of-annoying people.  David and Robyn and Lori and Lindsay and Kristen and Joanne, I'm looking at you guys.  THE BEST.).  Anyway, I can't seem to get in and out of anywhere without psychoanalyzing the food...and it's not only my own dinner.  Nope, the Southern husband gets dragged into my crazy as well, which actually doesn't work out badly for him because then I go home and start trying to reinvent whatever it was that he ordered. Sometimes it doesn't work out...well.  Like the 25 times I crashed and burned trying to make chicken fried steak.  Those were dark days.  But sometimes...oh sometimes I manage to reassemble a recipe into something that we both agree is pretty dang great.  That could of course be his self-preservation instincts kicking in, but in the Read More & Get the Recipe

Meatballs Over Polenta

meatballs over polenta

What is it about meatballs that makes us love them so much?  I mean really, they are just another form of hamburger/meatloaf/etc...but we all fall hard for meatballs.  It's got to be their adorable little bite-sized-ness, I'm guessing.  But whatever it is, my radar is perennially up for the next great way to make meatballs yet again for supper.  And while I will always be devoted to the classic spaghetti-and-meatballs, I think this polenta version just might be my new favorite. Read More & Get the Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

slow cooker chicken parmesan soup

As you may have figured out from the millions of times I have expressed my forever devotion to my slow cooker, I forever love my slow cooker.  Or more specifically, I love that I can toss all kinds of things from brownie cake ingredients to pot roast into it, and it quietly, slowly, industriously turns whatever it is into Comfort Food.  And so one of my missions in life is to take some of my favorite classics and slow-cooker-ize them.  In this case it was Chicken Parmesan's turn, and to take things even further I made it into soup!  Warm, tender, cheesy, slow cooked chicken parmesan soup! Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Pasta Carbonara


Pasta carbonara is one of my go-to dishes when I need to unexpectedly make dinner.  Say, for a returning crowd of college students who arrive at a time of day when you think they can't possibly be hungry, but in fact they ARE.  Starving.  And since I am lucky enough to know a whole passel of starving college students, I can practically make pasta carbonara in my sleep.  So I decided it was time to up my game, pasta carbonara-wise, and all it took to take it from good to pretty dang great was some shredded chicken and a few scallions....and it was a whole new taste sensation! Read More & Get the Recipe

Lobster Caesar Salad


Here in beautiful northern New Jersey we are currently smack dab in the middle of a hazy, hot, humid, 90 degrees for days and days and days in a row heat wave.  The kind of heat wave you remember fondly in February, the kind of heat wave that makes it impossible to to even THINK of turning on your oven or anything else that might possible raise the temperature in your kitchen even one measly degree.  The kind of heat wave that means salad for dinner.  Every night.  And so if you are going to have salad for dinner, you might as well throw caution to the wind and have Salad For Dinner.  I'm talking cool, extravagant, you-only-go-around-once Lobster Caesar Salad for dinner. Read More & Get the Recipe