Fancy Mac & Cheese: a favorite crowdpleaser that’s quick to prepare

Need a quick, tasty, and filling dish for your next family gathering or potluck meal? This upscale version of Macaroni & Cheese is scratch-made with top quality ingredients and complex flavor, without being too fussy or complicated. This recipe was adapted (and greatly simplified) from The Savory Way by Deborah Madison Fancy Mac & Cheese

Tomato sauce, A Recipe with a Kick

Despite the challenge of our cold climate, I love growing tomatoes, and plant them every summer. And after 10 years, I’m even getting pretty good at cultivating them. Of course, then there’s the question of what to do with all the tomatoes we can’t use immediately, to which I say: Challenge Accepted! This is the

Broccoli Mac: Macaroni Casserole

This macaroni casserole is a hearty dish has been a go-to when I need a dinner plan for a couple of nights, and either don’t know what to make, or can’t find as many fresh ingredients in the middle of winter. It’s comfort food for sure, but with the addition of lean protein and green

Roast chicken, four ways

Eating healthy. Scratch cooking. Meal planning. They sound good-for-you and also time-consuming and possibly difficult. But I’ve discovered that roasting a whole chicken and creating various dishes out of one bird is both an easy and an economical way to plan several meals in the course of one week. Start by cooking the chicken, and

Moroccan Lamb with Rice – Savory Meat and Fruit

This dish is adapted from several different lamb-with-dried-fruits recipes I’ve found on Food Network. Most of the dishes I came across had a ton of ingredients and so many individual steps that it looked like one would spend an entire day preparing it and dirtying up every implement in the kitchen. Complicated isn’t a way

Southwest Soft Tacos with a Fusion of Flavors

Have I mentioned that Mother has been spoiling us with homemade dinner? Ever since Rick broke his foot earlier this year, and now that we’ve also been starting a┬ánew business, making dinner once a week has been Nancy’s way of helping out – and it really is a huge help. This week, she made slow-cooked

Eggplant Casserole Improv Recipe

While trying to figure out how to use up some vegetables from our weekly CSA basket, we improvised the following, which was inspired by a time-tested eggplant Parmesan recipe and a cheese-less savory tart that mom makes. Ingredients 1 large eggplant 1 bell pepper, diced 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly 8 medium tomatoes 1

Easy Vegetarian Cottage Pie for a Hearty Dish

This is a quick and easy dish that captures the essence of the meat-based original. In our home it is often made on the weekend for a few days of quick suppers or portable lunches. Ingredients 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 Large yellow onion, diced 2 Medium carrots, sliced 3 Medium crimini mushrooms 2 Cups

Savory Vegetarian Pie

This savory vegetarian pie gets its heartiness from the mushrooms and its richness from the red wine and butter. It is guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest carnivores. Serve with a full-bodied red wine or your favorite stout. Serves 8 Ingredients: 7 medium-sized red potatoes 1 whole package Gimme Lean! faux beef (or other crumble-style

Crockpot Lamb Stew Sticks to Your Ribs

This lamb stew recipe is designed to work in a crockpot, but can easily be modified by browning the lamb meat and onions if one wanted to use a stew pot. Ingredients 2 lbs lamb* shoulder, cut into 1″ cubes 4-5 large potatoes, blemishes removed but not all the skin, cut into 1″ cubes 2