Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

Sticktoitiveness: noun. The quality of persisting at something; tenacity. I had the best fourth-grade teacher. The first time I heard her use this word is also my first memory of someone using a word other than “stubborn” to describe my unwillingness to give up; she made it into a compliment. I also loved her for…

Roasted Butternut Squash

Well, that was a longer blogging break than I’d had in mind. First, I took a week off to try to finish the wedding quilt I’m making for my daughter and son-in-law. I was sooooo close to having it done on time! But nope, didn’t quite make it. So then I thought I could finish…

Moroccan Chicken With Couscous

Ingredients: Dump, chop, & go: For very little time and effort, you get a delicious, healthy meal of tender chicken, veggies cooked to perfection, and deliciously seasoned couscous! This is one of my favorite freezer meals. To freeze, you just dump broth, seasonings, and chicken in a bucket and freeze it. To cook, dump the…

Roasted Herbed Turnips and Zucchini

The garden got away from me! Well, the growth of some of its inhabitants did. One day I had baby turnips & zucchini. The next day, it seemed, they were enormous! I really didn’t need to plant turnips as early as I did, but I was so excited to get things growing that I overdid…

Shrimp Garam Masala

Family favorite! This exciting dish has it all: Bursting with flavor, nutritious, quick, and easy! You’ll want to add this to your weeknight go-to list. I’ve skipped the onions and peppers more than once, either because I ran out of them or of energy, and nobody complained. I like it better with them, but sometimes…

Speedy Garam Masala Seasoning

This is one of my favorite seasoning blends. It explodes with flavor and can be used in so many recipes. It’s my understanding that there’s no one “authentic” Garam Masala, but that the exact composition varies from region to region and even within families. So while I have no claim to authenticity, having never even…

Saffron Rice

The bright yellow of this yummy side dish always makes me smile! Saffron is a fantastic spice. The sheer intensity of labor involved in its harvest more than justifies its hefty price tag. Fortunately, a little goes a very long way, so the cost per dish is quite reasonable. On a per-gram basis, though, it’s…

Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak

Juicy, tender steak, with a lovely sear and delicious flavor: This company-worthy dish is quick and easy, so you can spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. It’s also perfect for a weeknight family dinner when you’re just too wiped out to want to spend much time cooking. You’ll get…