Category: Dinner

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl
I love noodle bowls—a big bowl of noodle-y soup, chock full of vegetables, interesting Asian flavors, and noodles (obviously). I especially love the idea of a poached egg in my soup—I can’t explain it, but it just makes me smile. I’ll admit I’ve had a few noodle bowl clunkers while eating out. I endured one pho that tasted... Read more »

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original
Gumbo is uniquely American—outstanding, individual, and composed of flavors as different and diverse as you can get. It’s quite literally a melting pot, as a great variety of flavors come together to form a more perfect union. I love gumbo. It’s smoky and spicy and jammed with flavor—perfect for a chilly day, but delicious any... Read more »

Salmon Patties—A fresh take on canned salmon

Salmon Patties—A fresh take on canned salmon
Sometimes it’s difficult to find fresh wild salmon at the store, or to actually get to the store. That’s why I like to have canned red salmon on hand. It’s versatile, delicious, and nutritious. It’s great in a green salad, in a salmon salad sandwich, or in my personal favorite, salmon patties. Canned salmon has... Read more »
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Linguine with Clam Sauce—A quick and easy pantry dinner

Linguine with Clam Sauce—A quick and easy pantry dinner
Pantry meal options are great, especially for those times when you’re in dire need of a grocery run but still want real food. You know those days—the empty refrigerator vegetable drawer, virtual tumbleweeds careening past the 100% cranberry juice and the kefir that you thought someone would like. No viable dinner choices—just a whole frozen... Read more »

Super Bowl Starters—3 Easy Naan Pizzas

Super Bowl Starters—3 Easy Naan Pizzas
It’s here—the weekend everyone’s been waiting for! The Chicago Philharmonic is playing The Four Seasons by Vivaldi in Evanston! Or perhaps you’ll be glued to the television to see what the Dowager Countess will say as her life of privilege and tradition frays at the edges. Some people might watch the Super Bowl, at least to... Read more »

Split Pea Soup—You either love it or you hate it.

Split Pea Soup—You either love it or you hate it.
What is it about pea soup that causes such a strong reaction? Is it the flavor? The color? The texture? I enjoy the homey flavor of split pea soup, thick and hearty, warming me up on a winter day from the inside out. But to be honest, I remember the nightmare of being presented with... Read more »
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Creamy Broccoli Tofu Soup—A healthy start to your new year!

Creamy Broccoli Tofu Soup—A healthy start to your new year!
Happy New Year! I love the idea of renewal that the New Year brings. In the dead of winter with nothing growing outside but icicles (a least in Chicago), the notion of starting or growing something new is far from the mind. Yet in this bleak time, with autumn’s occasional warmth and colorful beauty still... Read more »

Apple "Barbecue" Chicken—Ridiculously easy slow cooker chicken!

Apple "Barbecue" Chicken—Ridiculously easy slow cooker chicken!
I thought of it too late—I’d already plopped the frozen chicken legs in the slow cooker, then I went looking for my trusty bottle of barbecue sauce. I always have one on hand, just in case. For this recipe. Except not this time. Now I had frozen, raw, naked chicken legs sitting in my slow... Read more »

Veggie Latkes—Invite some other vegetables to the potato party!

Veggie Latkes—Invite some other vegetables to the potato party!
We’re in the midst of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It’s a celebration of an event when the oil stayed lit for eight days when it should have only lasted for one. So now Jewish people celebrate with eight days of lighting candles, spinning the dreidel, and eating food fried in oil. That’s an oversimplification,... Read more »
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Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes—A gluten-free, vegetarian dish that everyone will love!

Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes—A gluten-free, vegetarian dish that everyone will love!
Quinoa is getting there. It used to be the eccentric cousin at the grain party, but now you can find it in almost any grocery store, usually by the wild rice. You might avoid it—it’s tiny and circular, looks like birdseed, you can’t pronounce the name, so you get the rice medley instead. Don’t pass... Read more »