Chicken Fajitas

Necessity is the mother of invention. — old adage It’s remarkable how limited food choices were when I was growing up (back in the stone age). I lived near a decent-sized city, but there was precious little food variety available. Not that I knew of, anyway. Well, there was a fancy Indonesian restaurant where I once…

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 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…

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…

Za’atar Seasoning

Can a seasoning blend be cheerful? I think za’atar is. It has such a bright, open flavor that it will make you smile. I thought that even before I read that marjoram and oregano contain compounds that, at least in rodents, can affect dopamine and serotonin levels. Since that’s how many antidepressant medications work, maybe…

Halibut, Asparagus, & Potatoes With Cherry Tomato Salsa

I’m thrilled to be able to make this again! It’s such an old recipe that I have no idea where it came from. I only made it once all those years ago. We loved it, but our range hood wasn’t up to the task. With the bedroom and laundry room directly upstairs from the kitchen,…

Rosemary-Sage Pork With White Beans

The first thing you’re gonna think when you put this on the table is, “No way that’s for only two people!” Sure, if you want to split it between three people, be my guest. But two of you can lick the plate clean for only 500 calories apiece, and a whopping 21 grams of fiber…