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…

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Rogan Josh is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I made it with Penzeys Rogan Josh blend, which I like very much. Then I got the bright idea to start mixing my own blends, for three reasons: First, it frees up space in my spice cabinet for a wider variety of single-ingredient jars. Second, I…

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…

Planked Scallops With Dill, Lemon, & Garlic

This might be the easiest, tastiest scallop recipe you’ll ever make. My Chief Taste Tester says these were the best scallops he’s ever had. Cleanup is a breeze, too!  My stumbling upon the idea was purely pragmatic, although it seems so obvious in retrospect. Some months ago, I wanted to use up some leftover dilly-lemon…

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…

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…