Archive for February, 2011

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

This is another recipe I learned from Barefoot Contessa.  Sure, she’s annoying with her “good” olive oil and her Hamptons bridge parties, but her recipes are simple and usually really good.  I simplified the recipe… Read more »

February 28, 2011 | Main Dishes

Roasted Eggplant

I discovered roasted eggplant by accident a couple of summers ago.  We we members of a CSA, and one week we got a whole box of eggplant.  I was feeling a little like Bubba from… Read more »

February 26, 2011 | Sides

Refried Bean Quesadillas

You can make the leftover pinto beans into tacos, burritos, or quesadillas and it’s really all the same.  Mash up the beans, add some cheese, and put it on a tortilla.  Dinner is served in… Read more »

February 24, 2011 | Sandwiches

Pan Roasted Chicken

Pan roasting chicken is the absolute BEST way to cook the ubiquitous  chicken breast.  Trust me.  You need: We had our chicken with Red Onion Roasted Eggplant and a green salad with Fresh Orange vinaigrette.  I’ll… Read more »

February 22, 2011 | Main Dishes

Spicy Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa

Sounds fancy, right?  It’s not.  But it is super fast, healthy, and reminds me of vacation (which is good when it’s 35 degrees outside).  The downside is that your kids might not like it (mine… Read more »

February 21, 2011 | Main Dishes

Butter Chicken

I’ve never had “real” butter chicken, seeing as how we have ZERO Indian restaurants in town and I’ve never been to India, so I don’t know how this recipe compares. I sure sounded like a… Read more »

February 16, 2011 | Main Dishes

Chicken Berry Salad

There is a restaurant in town that has a Chicken Berry Salad that I always order when I’m there at lunch.  Everybody loves it!  So I made up a home version that is healthier and… Read more »

February 15, 2011 | Soup and Salad

Chicken and Dumplings

Every self respecting southern cook knows how to make chicken ‘n dumplins, right?  Well, I had never even EATEN them until a couple of years ago.  I didn’t know what I was missing! My friend… Read more »

February 13, 2011 | Soup and Salad

The Best Oatmeal Cookies

For me, cookies are just a chocolate delivery vehicle.  But John is weird.  He likes peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies, in that order. And something weirder about his favorite oatmeal cookies?  No cinnamon and… Read more »

February 12, 2011 | Desserts

Grilled Ham and Cheese

I was going to make a frittata (basically a baked omelette) with leftover ham, potatoes, and cheese for dinner, but I was out with the kids and when I got home John was making his… Read more »

February 11, 2011 | Sandwiches