Loaves & Dishes

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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. [...]


Posted: June 23rd, 2014

Irresistible Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken

I’ve been gone awhile. Preparations for vacation, vacation itself and recovery from vacation took me offline for about two weeks that seem like years. We had a great time, but I didn’t have a chance to do much cooking, and really missed it. One meal stands out, though. Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken was [...]


Posted: June 10th, 2014

Cheese, bacon, chives, dressing load up baked cauliflower

I hate cauliflower. Really hate it. Like spit-it-out hate it. When it’s raw. Cook it soft, though, with a sprinkle of salt and a little butter or cheese, I’m the biggest fan the little white trees ever had. My husband, on the other hand, can eat cauliflower by the head if you give him a [...]


Posted: June 6th, 2014

Blueberry Bread salvaged at last possible second

Ever make a mistake and cringe, waiting for the blowback, and nothing happens? Once in a while, yes, we catch a break. I was following this recipe for Blueberry-Lemon Bread the other day, and got confused. Instead of reserving sugar for the glaze, I put it all in the batter. And of course I had [...]