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…

Crunchy Black Lentil Salad

My new favorite lentil dish!  It’s delicious, easy, and healthy. Versatile, too — serve it as a side or as a vegetarian main dish. You can even make it vegan by just eliminating the cheese.  It’s been a few years since I started observing Meatless Monday. Back in the day, we used to eat beef…

Grilled Asparagus​

I owe my kids an apology. Well, the two younger ones anyway, who never learned to like asparagus. See, I grew up eating asparagus steamed. Plain. I loved it that way, but in retrospect, I realize that’s pretty much the way my mom cooked nearly all vegetables, and not necessarily because it was the best…

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,…

Roasted Turnips With Dill and Caraway

The things we do for love. Like, grow turnips! I’ve mentioned before that I grew up thinking I didn’t like them. Thing is, it was a “didn’t like” that was based on precisely zero experience. Not the kind of thing a sciency person such as I likes to admit, maybe, but I was just a…

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…