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…

Spicy Garbanzo-Chorizo Stew

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Unknown Don’t you just hate it when manufacturers change something in one of your favorite products, and not for the better? I used to buy a bean stew mix that was marvelously flavorful. It was one of those rare foods with easy preparation, easy clean-up, enough for…

Cheaters’ Chicken Parm

That feeling when it’s almost dinner time, and you have no idea what to make and absolutely no energy with which to make it.  It was one of “those” days last spring, and I was fresh out of spoons. I won’t bore you with all of the details, let’s just say I’d had a minor…

Angry Shrimp

You’re definitely going to want to try this flavor explosion of a one-one-bowl dinner! Probably not on a weeknight after a long day of work, but maybe on game night so you can eat it in front of the TV. Maybe the next time Syracuse plays Pitt in men’s basketball. I always get angry during…

The Best Meatballs With Sauce

I’m getting hungry just writing about these! I had a craving last winter for a meatball sub. You might call it something else, depending on where you’re from. Submarine, Grinder, Hoagie, and Hero are some of the ones I’ve heard. I poked around online comparing various recipes and settled on this one, adapted from Serious…