Cuban-style Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Rice

I never got to the store that day. I had no plan for dinner, and no energy to even think about it. I’d spent part of the day trying to can beans, but my pressure canner was on the fritz. That left me with several jars of cooked beans that hadn’t been properly processed, so…

Fish Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art.” — Anthony Burgess Thirty-eight years?! Okay, I’m really dating myself here, but as far as I can tell, that’s how long it’s been since I had…

Balsamic Chicken With Pears and Mushrooms

“You should always waste time when you don’t have any. Time is not the boss of you. Rule 408.” — The Doctor “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — John Lennon Did you ever start looking for something online, only to discover you’re missing an hour (or more) with nothing to show for…

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker)

What it is: A slow cooker recipe that’s delicious, easy, and requires very little hands-on time. What it isn’t: Soup, stew, shredded, or fatty. There isn’t even a sautéing step! Such recipes are elusive, to say the least. No matter why you love your slow cooker, this dish, which I’ve adapted ever-so-slightly from Let’s Dish,…

Anisage Chicken

I don’t remember why I bought whole anise seed. Well, I remember why I bought it whole: it’s one of those spices that loses its flavor rapidly once it’s been ground. Maybe I had a recipe in mind. Maybe it was on sale at Penzeys. It doesn’t matter — this dish is yummy enough to…

Planked Maple-Molasses Salmon Fillet

Necessity is the mother of invention. — old proverb The first time I made this, it really wasn’t planned. I’d been in an unfamiliar grocery store and realized they had a decent fish department. When you’re standing right in front of the case and can’t smell fish at all, that’s an excellent sign! Just a…

Grilled Opah with Dog Sauce

No dogs were harmed in the making of this meal!  I found this great new fishmonger called Hooked a little while back. Everything there is fresh and sustainably caught, and the people know what they’re talking about. One day, I was looking at all the choices — every last one of which was gorgeous —…

Spicy Sheet Pan Shrimp With Broccoli

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” — The Doctor For once, I actually had a plan for dinner. I’d rediscovered an old recipe for grilled shrimp, and had been looking forward to it all day. How could I forget there was a storm rolling in? Probably it wasn’t so much…