A question posed on Sendik’s Facebook page this morning was “My favorite spring-time food is _____.” As I write this there are 12 responses; seven out of 12 respondees filled in their blanks with asparagus. My answer was “anything with grill marks.” If you like to get your grill on, here’s a great recipe for dressed up grilled sirloin, asparagus on the side.
Easter dinner was so delicious, but I’m about over ham, how about you? I intentionally overshot on the poundage, wanting to have leftovers. Well, leftovers we got. Had a ham sandwich for lunch yesterday. Put slices of it on egg sandwiches this morning. Easter dinner re-run last night. And there are still a few little scraps left in the fridge … the frugal cook in me should stash them away in the freezer for omelets or soup but I’ll admit I’ve been sneaking them to the DamDog. I’m swearing off ham. Tonight we’re having a meatless entree, and this is what it is.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut out cocktails during the week. But because I am the master self-enabler — and also really, really good at justifying just about anything — I make exceptions when it comes to adding cocktail ingredients to food. Case in point: Penne ala Vodka.
I was channel surfing this morning as I was prepped the ingredients for this soup. My viewing choices were narrowed down to several contenders – Sunday night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the dvr, and Squawk on the Street was on CNBC. I almost settled on Camille Grammar and her gang, but I made a last minute decision to listen to a documentary about John Carpenter and the making of the original Halloween movie while I cooked. Squash soup and Michael Myers …. oh yes, fall is here.
The DamFam is in the throes of cross country season and this season I have three (count ‘em!) THREE runners. If you didn’t know this already, the way to a cross country runner’s heart is through his/her stomach. These kids (like most athletes) hold carbs in high esteem. And I’d be lying if I said it’s not a daily challenge to keep the pantry and fridge stocked with foods that hungry runners like to eat.
When I think of the perfect dish for a warm August evening, it would absolutely include the following ingredients: corn, tomatoes, and basil. Hence, today’s dish. This risotto is all about summer flavors and would be the perfect accompaniment to any grilled main course – I’m thinking my favorite herbed grilled shrimp, or seared salmon fillets, or even a big, thick steak.
I’m bringing up this recipe today because it is one of my favorite summertime meals, and I want you all to have access to it before we run out of summer. I make it for the DamFam, party of five – but I’ve also served it for dinner parties of up to 10 or so folks. One of my college roomies served it to a crowd of 50 people at her rehearsal dinner. I absolutely love Low Country Boil. It’s the quintessential southern meal!
Yes, grits! Don’t run away! If you’ve never had them before, I think you’re going to like them. I LOVE THEM. If midwestern comfort food is mashed potatoes, then southern comfort food has got to be grits.
Once upon a time, and long long ago, the Husband and I hosted a lobster boil in our backyard. The economy was booming and the DamFam was livin’ large (okay, we’ve never actually ‘lived large’). It was fun (the lobster boil). Messy, but fun. And super hot too, as I recall. I think it was over 4th of July weekend. I can’t remember. Like I said, it was a while back.
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