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Notes on a Recipe – Orzo Salad

6 May

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Today’s recipe comes to you from the pages of Bon Appetit: Fast, Easy, Fresh. I was still grousing about the feta cheese that was sacrificed in the name of their Garlicky Beans with Feta, but I decided to move on to the next dish I had tagged.  I really don’t know that I can ever forgive them for that one.

After making their Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onion, I really wish I had found this back in the days before our South Beach adventure.  Because it’s that good.  It’s also that easy.  And it does not cause any regrets when it comes to its usage of the feta. Continue reading

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Book Report

13 Apr

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On our first date, SFC asked me what I like to do.  My answer could have doomed the relationship before it even got started.  I said, “I like to read”.  I’ve always been a reader, as long as I can remember.  Books take me to places filled with color and life, interesting people, and grand adventures.  They take me outside of myself.

My earliest literary memories are of my grandmother reading stories about Abercrombie, Benjamin, and Christopher or Babbar the Elephant at bedtime.  Once I could read the words on the pages for myself, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Nancy Drew, and Judy Blume all followed.  It is my opinion that Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret should be considered the official adolescent girls’ handbook. Continue reading

Kitchen’s Closed

15 Dec

SFC has been away doing army stuff for the last week so I’ve taken a vacation from cooking.  The kitchen is closed till he gets home this weekend.

Breaded

2 Dec

Plated

I never imagined I would say this but I am so over bread.  Polishing off the leftover stuffing has done me in.  And I was still left with an entire loaf of sourdough that I didn’t use.  What the heck was I supposed to do with that?  I’ll tell you what I did with it…I made breadcrumbs.

I used to have breadcrumbs in the house, but got rid of them during the Great South Beach Pantry Purge of 2008.  I tried to find wheat breadcrumbs in the store but if they exist, Wegmans and Harris Teeter don’t know about them.  So I cut up the entire loaf of bread and ran it through the food processor.  Which was great because I had a recipe to test and I needed breadcrumbs.  Now, to be completely honest, this recipe had been hanging out in the food folder since 2003.  As you can see, sometimes it just takes me a while to get where I’m going.  And sometimes, when I get there, I could kick myself for procrastinating so long.

Because you see, this is such an easy dish.  It’s ideal for a night when you don’t feel like a big production in the kitchen.  Or when you’re still brooding over a holiday meal that didn’t quite meet your expectations, this dinner will make you forget all about it.  Regardless of why you choose to try this recipe, your ego will thank you.  I promise.

Baked Fish with Parmesan Crumbs

Feel free to use any lean white fish such as flounder, cod, or haddock.  I used orange roughy.

  • 4 fish fillets (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Pat fish fillets dry.  Place in a baking dish, roasting pan, or sheet pan.

In a small skillet or saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.  Turn off the heat, add the breadcrumbs and cheese and lemon zest, and mix till evenly combined. Pat the mixture on top of the fish.

Bake for about 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the topping is golden.  Serve hot.

Nobody Bakes A Cake As Tasty

28 Nov

Tasty Cake

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of pressure.  Expectations are high and people come to the table HUNGRY.  So when dishes don’t quite hit the mark, it can be disappointing.  I’ll give you an example.  Actually, I’ll give you three. Continue reading

Notes on a Recipe – Jacques Pepin’s Scallops Grenobolise

12 Nov

Last week ended much the same way it began…by not having an important ingredient for something I had planned to make.  Even after I pledged that I would cross check my grocery list against my menu, I ended up not having any chocolate for the Cinnamon Scented Baked Chocolate Mousse Cake. But I was determined to give both of the Fast Food @ Home recipes a try, even if it meant another trip to the store.  I’d have to say that I’m pretty glad I did.  Because this was one fabulous meal.

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11.1.08

1 Nov

Happy Birthday SFC!!!