Category Archives: Pantry Dinners

COOKING WITHOUT A RECIPE: BLACK BEAN STEW FOR A BRAND NEW YEAR

  Some sources say that the origin of eating legumes, specifically black-eyed peas in the American South, on New Year’s Day to ensure all things good revolves around their resemblance to coins. I find that easier to, uh, swallow in the … Continue reading

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COOKING AHEAD: FIRST NIGHT IN FLORENCE SPAGHETTI REIMAGINED

I’m trying, I really am, to be better about taking lunch to work with me. I know, it sounds strange – I work in a hotel kitchen, and could certainly have lunch on any given day from banquet leftovers. But … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: A SIMPLE SUMMER SUPPER

  For the last couple of summers, I get very nostalgic for Italy around this time. The daughter had spent most of the summer at an international dance workshop in Florence. I flew over towards its end to see her … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: MELANZANA MARINARA

Isn’t she beautiful! All right, so her hat sits a bit crookedly. Big deal. She’s plump yet firm in all the right places, and the sheen of her skin is downright dazzling. And she only cost a dollar and eighty-nine … Continue reading

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LEMONY BROCOLI & CAULIFLOWER WITH PASTA THAT STRANGLED A PRIEST

Just this morning a friend on the other side of the country and I had an anger-management confession-fest via phone. Their winter has been the mirror-image of ours, and both would drive a saint into a lather. I spent last … Continue reading

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PANTRY DINNER: TORTELLINI SOUP

I am so over comfort foods. They’ve been working hard to try to keep me happy since early November. Which was all very well and good in the early months. But five months in, I’m weary of soups and stews. … Continue reading

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COFFEE-ROASTED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS with CREAMY CARROT SAUCE

All right, referring to thick slices of cauliflower as “steaks” may be reaching a bit.  But it sounds better than “slabs,” and it’s much less wordy than “thick slices of cauliflower.”  Come along, please. ❦ The daughter was here visiting … Continue reading

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SESAME-CLEMENTINE BRAISED CABBAGE

I need a break from rich food. It isn’t that I’ve consumed a lot, but I’ve just been around so much of it non-stop for the last month.  In fact, there were many nights during party season when I felt … Continue reading

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THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: CHICKEN & BLACK BEAN STEW

This is a word-laden post, as opposed to the photo-heavy ones of late. Be that the good news or the bad for you, as I say in About, I write, or try to, for people who love to read as … Continue reading

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MAN IN THE MOON FRENCH TOAST

Afternoon was rapidly turning to evening as the dogs and I returned from our end-of-the-day walk.  Along the way, I’d noticed that the man in the moon looked kind of concerned. His mouth formed a small “o”, his eyes appeared … Continue reading

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