Thinking about the flavors of Provence brings memories of the simple and delicious cooking in the South of France. For this Provencal Pork, I decided to add a simple tapenade to oven roasted pork tenderloin to make a quick meal. Another secret to bring out the French flavors is using Herbes de Provence seasoning. It’s an aromatic mixture ...Read more
I found this delicious and very easy way to steam fish. It’s in the oven instead of over boiling liquid. It helps retain moisture and flavor. The combination of ginger, scallions and garlic form a flavorful sauce for steamed tilapia. It takes a few minutes to prepare ingredients, but then the oven does the rest of the work.
Serving the fish ...Read more
I like one-pan meals. They’re easy to make and best, cleaning up is a breeze. There’s only one pot to wash. For this vegetarian skillet dinner, I used broccoli and bell pepper, corn, black beans and shredded cheese. Sour cream mixed with salsa brings the meal together with very little effort. The heat is up to you. I call for a mild salsa. ...Read more
What’s Thanksgiving without some leftover turkey? Even on those rare occasions when I’m not preparing the turkey, I still feel the urge to at least cook a turkey breast to have some leftover. This is a one-pot meal that tastes great the second day. Double the recipe if you have time and save the rest for another day. It also freezes well. ...Read more
I love Indian-flavored food and wanted to make a quick dinner at home. This delicately spiced food can take time to make. So, I created a short-cut dinner that captures the essence of the popular Indian dish Tikka Masala, known for its creamy tomato sauce and aromatic spices.
Garam masala is an important addition. It’s a combination of spices...Read more
This time of year is perfect for a warming stew. Here’s one that takes about 15 minutes to make. Hungarian paprika lends a sweet pepper flavor to the stew. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. Regular paprika or smoked paprika will also work well. Be sure your paprika is fresh. Spices will keep only about 6 months.
The ...Read more
The combination of soy sauce, honey and sherry adds a sweet glaze to this stir-fried pork tenderloin. I added Chinese noodles and broccoli florets to complete this easy meal. These noodles can be found dried in the Asian section of the market or steamed in the produce section. They only need a few minutes to cook. You can use angel hair pasta ...Read more
Here’s a flavorful vegetarian meal served in a bowl. I use several different vegetables for this meal. You can use any you have on hand. Just follow the amounts in the recipe for a balanced meal. Butternut squash is a treat this time of year, and the best part is that we can buy butternut squash cubes ready to use. I added quinoa to the bowl ...Read more
On a recent trip to the South of France, we enjoyed a delicious bouillabaisse. It’s a traditional Provencal dish filled with seafood in a rich sauce. I wanted to re-create the memory and flavors of the meal, but for a quick and easy dinner. This is a simple version with the essence of a French bouillabaisse.
The dish is made with mussels. ...Read more
Fragrant spices add great flavor to this easy beef curry dinner. The combination of tender beef, diced tomatoes and coconut milk creates a delicious and comforting meal. It’s served over basmati rice. This is a type of long-grain aromatic white rice. Happily, it’s available in a microwave version, which means you can make the side dish in ...Read more
When I think of garlicy, creamy Alfredo sauce, it brings back memories of sitting at a café in Rome and carefully spooning up every drop. It’s a classic Italian favorite and a simple sauce to make. I decided to add chicken and basil to this classic pasta dish for an easy Italian dinner.
Add a washed, ready-to-eat salad with oil and vinegar ...Read more
Meaty mushrooms sauteed with onion, bell peppers and pinto beans fill tortillas to make vegetarian fajitas, creating a festive Mexican dinner. I like to serve all the ingredients at the table and let diners fill their own tortillas.
There are a few different ways to warm tortillas. It’s easy to place them in a microwave oven on a plate and ...Read more
A garlicky wine sauce is well known as the basis for the classic Italian dish, shrimp scampi. The sauce is delicious and perfect for sopping up with some crusty bread. For this recipe, I thought the sauce would be a great preparation for chicken thighs. Lots of garlic, some red vermouth and fresh parsley coat the chicken and add flavor to the ...Read more
I let the microwave do most of the work for this easy dinner with fresh snapper. It saves time and energy and means fewer pots to wash. The sauce for the snapper and the roast potatoes and green beans are cooked in the microwave.
The snapper takes only a few minutes to saute and then the sauce is spooned on top. After the potatoes and green ...Read more