Loaves & Dishes

Follow Jennie Geisler's kitchen adventures on her Loaves & Dishes blog.

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Posted: July 28th, 2014

Shrimp, garlic, Parmesan, dinner

I hate when recipes include estimated times for prep and cooking. They’re ridiculous. Most recipes touted as fast simply lie. They call for pre-cooked chicken or rice, easily 20-minute jobs. Or they start the timer after the vegetables are chopped. Some with three ingredients are simply flavorless or have weird textures that make them unworthy [...]


Posted: July 25th, 2014

Prediction: Brown Butter Raspberry Tart in my very near future

There are more reasons not to make Brown Butter Raspberry Tart than to make it: time, expense, effort, diet. But the reasons to make it are more important: It. Looks. Fabulous. Plus, I get to learn how to make brown butter. Marnie Mead practically drooled on the paper when I showed her the recipe. She [...]


Posted: July 24th, 2014

PB&J Ice Cream: What’s not to like?

Sorry it’s been so long since I had a book drawing. One thing after another prevented me from blogging for some time, and Thursdays were just the worst. But I’m back in the saddle, now, and want to thank everyone who entered the drawing for “Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain.” The winner is Bruce E. [...]


Posted: July 23rd, 2014

4 words that sound beautiful together: ‘Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake’

Sometimes, I just don’t feel like remembering/digging for an old recipe on a weeknight. It’s really much easier to just find a new one. They roll through my life like tires down a hill and I can’t catch most of them. When I’m vigilant, they wind up in little piles of want-to-make dishes at work, [...]


Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Avocado and zucchini fit to be ‘fried’

Barring McDonald’s, I’m not a huge fan of french fries. This is probably because about 90 percent of the time, they’re terrible. They’re hard to get right, frankly, and unlike my husband and son, I don’t like them undercooked, fluffy, bitter, burned or cold. I don’t like them out of the freezer AT ALL, and [...]


Posted: July 21st, 2014

New take on grilled chicken is just peachy

Over the weekend, I had a sumptuous nectarine, and the flavor burst in my mouth and blew through my mid-summer stupor. All of a sudden, I can’t get enough stone fruit. It’s just about time to start looking for local plums, peaches, etc. Well, maybe give or take a couple of weeks. As you can [...]


Posted: July 16th, 2014

Herbalicious dip will be a kitchen adventure

This is the time of year when I start to feel guilty. Well, I should qualify that. This is the time of year when I start to feel guilty about gardening. I am, ostensibly, an avid gardener. I have vegetables and flowers and herbs and trees and bushes filling seven plots around our one acre. [...]


Posted: July 9th, 2014

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto: Do I have your attention?

There are recipes, and then there are sun-dried tomato recipes. I have what can only be described as a mind-jerk reaction when I see sun-dried tomato in a headline. It’s pretty much the same with pesto. Imagine my delight at finding Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto in my inbox today. There are few pasta recipes [...]


Posted: July 8th, 2014

2 kale recipes this kale-hater fell for last weekend

I’m not kale’s biggest fan. The few times I’ve used it, I was annoyed by the prep, of getting rid of that big, woody stem, and how it just never seems to soften like other greens. I even tried kale chips which everyone raves about, but they did nothing for me. Last weekend, however, I [...]


Posted: July 2nd, 2014

Layer cake for the home of the brave

I’m not going to lie to you. This flag-inspired layer cakelooks like a beast to make. Not easy, not fast, not lazy kitchen friendly. It looks like a intense adventure, lined with F-bombs and serious blasphemy. But it looks so cool. I have no evidence to support my theory that I can pull this off. [...]