Category Archives: Mains

Spaghetti alla cici, aglio y olio (or just Fancy-Tasting Pantry Pasta)

Last night I was craving some flavorful, fancy-tasting pasta (probably because I’ve been marking interesting recipes in an Italian cookbook), but didn’t have man fresh ingredients. So, I came up with this recipe that’s heavy on stuff-on-hand, and it was … Continue reading

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Corn, Onion & Cheddar Chowder

Everyone raves about Ina Garten’s soup recipes, so I decided to make her corn and cheddar chowder. But, as I’ve found with many of her recipes, the ingredients are a bit fat and starch heavy, so I used her basic … Continue reading

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Caramelized Cabbage

This recipe is great, because other than the cabbage, it uses ingredients that should be mostly available in your pantry or fridge. Patrick and I ate this mixed with rice and sour cream, and it was a delicious bowl. Feel … Continue reading

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Pantry “Eggplant Parmesan”

It’s weird when you feel like ever word in a recipe should have quotes around it. During the pandemic, my niece, Julia, ate eggplant parmesan. My son, Simon, saw it on FaceTime, and requested that I too make eggplant parmesan. … Continue reading

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Baked Peanut-Lime Tofu, Coconut-Cilantro-Lime Rice, and Peanut Green Salad Bowls

This recipe is a variation of one I saw in the NY Times Cooking Section. It uses lots of flavorful, fresh ingredients to make a delicious combination. If you don’t want to assemble all the parts, the tofu is great … Continue reading

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Indonesian Chicken

Last weekend, we spent a couple of days at my parents’ house. While there, I saw that my dad had the Barefoot Contessa cookbook and asked if I could borrow it. Of course he said okay, and, much to my … Continue reading

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

The marinade on these is so delicious! The first time, I made these with skirt steak, green bell peppers, and red onion (more or less per the original recipe from here). But, next time, I think these would be great … Continue reading

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Sheet Pan Cauliflower Gratin

Ina Garten has some great recipes, including one for cauliflower toasts. However, in an attempt to eat more veggies and less bread, I made this into a lightened cauliflower gratin. And, the second time I made it–because it was quite … Continue reading

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Savory Leek, Dill and Cheese Kugel

I recently discovered this awesome cooking blog called The Splendid Table. It’s an American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio production, and has lots of delicious recipes. This one is modified from a recipe I found there. Hope you enjoy! Here’s what … Continue reading

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New Favorite Turkey Meatloaf

Here’s what may be my new go-to turkey meatloaf recipe. It’s moist, simple, and uses mostly ingredients in your fridge or pantry. It’s been adapted from Ina Garten. Here’s what you need: 1-2 large yellow onions, finely diced or chopped … Continue reading

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