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…

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…

Roasted Zucchini and Baby Potatoes With Caribbean Seasoning

I’ve really enjoyed finding new and different ways to cook zucchini this summer. It was my first year growing zucchini because I used to think I didn’t like it. Was I ever wrong! I think my misconception came from old habits. When I was growing up (and, sorry kids, when you were growing up, too,)…

Butter Shortcrust

I go back and forth between butter and shortening for my pie crusts. I love the flakiness of a shortening crust, as well as its suitability for using my Perfect-A-Crust to roll it out. (Perfect-A-Crust is an aid for rolling consistent crusts. They don’t make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on eBay. You…

Basic Sourdough Bread

  Ready to take the leap and move on from SourFaux? Tackle a loaf with no added yeast? It’s fun! There’s something almost magical about watching a combination of flour and water transform itself into dough. I had such good results following Serious Eats’ method of making Sourdough Starter that I decided to try their recipe for the bread. It came…

Baked Salmon With Gingered Rhubarb

Tangy rhubarb, bright ginger, and mellow onions are the perfect accompaniment to one of my favorite kinds of fish. This excellent dish is an adaptation (with very little change) of a recipe I found at Taste of Home. The day I made it, I was using up some rhubarb I had left over from baking Rhubarb…

Bread Baked on a Gas Grill

Did you know you can bake bread on your outdoor grill? We had quite the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to heat up the oven. I really wanted to bake bread, though, so I figured I’d give it a go on the grill. I used sourdough, but I don’t…