Birthday Observed

You know how some holidays exist on one day and have an “observed” day on a different day?  Scott’s birthday is on that list this year.  There just wasn’t any way to make the actual holiday feel like a holiday.  Between leaving for work an hour early, getting home an hour late, and having a…

Tabbouleh Salad

Okay, so maybe it’s below freezing outside today.  And maybe it will be in the single digits a few times this week.  That doesn’t mean I can’t make a summery salad of awesome, right? I went into dinner prep last night a little bit worried.  You see, the recipe calls for a lot of parsley. …

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chorizo and Other Tasty Things

Yes, the stuffed squash passed the test last night at dinner.  While I was making it, I realized that I’ve cooked a whole ton of stuffed things lately.  There were stuffed pasta shells, stuffed squash, stuffed apples (that weren’t actually stuffed), stuffed chicken, and that might be it.  But that’s a lot. Why so many…

Back in the Real World, Back in the Kitchen

Today was my first real day at my new job (orientation doesn’t completely count, in my book).  It involved all of the normal first day things–meeting of co-workers, getting computer sign-in info, etc.  There was even a “first day of school” outfit selection session the night before.  Oh, and there was some spilled yogurt on…

Zesty Chicken Meatballs

I’ll be honest.  Sometimes I forget that dinner is right around the corner and that I’m head chef in our house.  Sometimes it just sneaks up on me.  (Too bad there isn’t something like a clock to warn me about things like that.) That happened last night, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that…

Mandoline Playing Hands (and Soy-Glazed Salmon)

I got a new kitchen toy yesterday–a cheapo version of the mandoline food slicer.  I bought it at the grocery store (it was really cheap), because Wednesday’s dinner menu is zucchini lasagna.  I know myself well enough to know that I won’t be slicing perfectly thin layers of zucchini that will substitute smoothly for noodles….

Dinner del Diablo

We’ve tried lots of new recipes during the current corporate housing adventure.  It’s one way to make things a little bit more exciting.  For the most part, the recipes have been a success, with a few definite winners that will go into our future recipe rotation (stuffed chicken and tacos with radish salsa were my…