Notes

Yes, this weblog is retired–or on sabbatical, whatever. But I made a couple popular dishes this week that either have little to no basis in any recipe anywhere or from somewhere I can not re-find, so in deference to my husband, I will write them down so that they could be made again. There are…

With a Bang

Let’s be fair: I stated from the beginning that this blog was mainly for my own record-keeping (so that I can one day write a cookbook or ten), and I never went looking for followers. But since you’re here, I will  announce to you that after another two years at it, I have to take…

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil and Bean Soup

RECIPE #503, DAY #757 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Moroccan-Style Lentil and Chickpea Soup” from Robin Robertson’s Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker* TIMING: About 15 minutes of prep and 8 hours of cooking DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Crockpot/slow cooker, skillet, and ladle, etc. COOK TYPE: Crockpot/slow cooker, and just a little stovetop HEALTH: This soup is not only…

Baked Bean Soup

RECIPE #502, DAY #756 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Baked Bean Soup” from Moosewood Collective’s Moosewood Daily Special* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Cutting board and knife, soup pot, ladle COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This soup would be highly recommended, if I hadn’t been heavy-handed with the brown sugar. You could, actually, leave out the brown sugar…

Banana Bread

RECIPE #501, DAY #755 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Banana Bread” from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook* TIMING: A few hours, between the baking and cooling. However, the mix goes together in minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Mixer and a couple loaf pans COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: There is quite a lot of sugar in the recipe for it to be…

Fettuccine with Arugula and Walnuts

RECIPE #500, DAY #754 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spinach Fettuccine with Arugula and Tomatoes” from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Saute pan and a pan to boil pasta, tongs COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Pasta, so if you eat too much pasta or refined flour, you may want to cut…

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

RECIPE #499, DAY #684 or. I can’t decide. ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas” from May 2017 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 20-30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Fairly easy, although sometimes hard to roll the tortillas without breaking TOOLS: Baking pan COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Chicken and cheese enchiladas are a winner, with whole grains and lean protein. Paired…

Pretty Weird, Kid-Friendly Veggies

RECIPE #403, DAY #686 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Part of the “Corn Chip-Crusted Chicken” recipe from May 2017’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy enough, just don’t overcook the potatoes or broccoli TOOLS: Pot to boil, spider, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a ruse to get your kids to eat some fresh veggies…

Cornflake Chicken

RECIPE #502, DAY #686 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Corn Chip-Crusted Chicken” from May 2017’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 45 minutes, or maybe a little less DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Baking or roasting pan with a rack, a blate COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: There’s not much to this, except for lean, white meat. With a good sour cream and…

Grill Potatoes

RECIPE #497, DAY #678 **** ORIGINAL RECIPE: An amalgamation of experiment and a potato salad recipe from Weber’s Way to Grill* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Kinda sorta not that easy TOOLS: Grill, grill veggie pan or sheet, grill spatula, pot, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop, grill HEALTH: Grilled potatoes? Sure, they are really good for you….

Glazed Grilled Corn on the Cob

RECIPE #496, DAY #678 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Ginger and Lime Glazed Corn on the Cob” from Weber’s Way to Grill by Jamie Purviance* TIMING: 25 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy enough TOOLS: Grill, basting brush, grill tongs, etc. COOK TYPE: Grill HEALTH: Great. Just a little sugar to flavor up an otherwise straight-up veggie. EXPERIENCE: We love corn…

Cajun Tofu Kabobs

RECIPE #495, DAY #678 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This is one we made up years and years ago, in desperation as we attended so many summer barbecues with our meat-eating friends* TIMING: 20 minutes of work and cooking, but marinating and grill prep time also apply DIFFICULTY: Easy enough, if you can keep the tofu from sticking…

Kofta in Pita with Cucumbers in Sesame Sauce

RECIPE #494, DAY #677 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Kofta in Pita Pockets with Cucumber and Tomato Salad” from Weber’s Way to Grill by James Purviance* TIMING: 30-40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Not hard, as long as you can work your grill TOOLS: Grill, grill spatula, a couple mixing bowls, platters/plates, and other normal kitchen things COOK TYPE: Grill HEALTH:…

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sammies

RECIPE #493, DAY #677 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This was a mere suggestion at the beginning of the recent Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, as long as you can fry an egg the way you like it TOOLS: Griddle or skillet, thin spatula, fork, bread knife COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a reasonable…

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

RECIPE #492, DAY #677 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “BBQ Chicken Salad” from the My Other Meals section of Damn Delicious online* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, as long as you don’t overcook the chicken TOOLS: Saute pan or griddle COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is another winner from Darn Delicious (yes, I am a prude). Chock full…

Bean Burrito Bowls

RECIPE #491, DAY #675 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Easy Burrito Bowls” from the My Other Recipes section of Damn Delicious online* TIMING: 15 minutes of work, inside of the time it takes for your rice to cook DIFFICULTY: Fairly easy TOOLS: Something to cook the rice COOK TYPE: Rice cooker HEALTH: This is a nice, well-rounded lunch…

BLT Sandwiches

RECIPE #490, DAY #674 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Who needs a recipe for this wonder of Western civilization? * TIMING: Just as long as it takes to cook the bacon, really DIFFICULTY: Easy, if you can cook bacon TOOLS: Something to cook the bacon, toaster COOK TYPE: Oven or stovetop HEALTH: Not so much. As popular as…

Ribboned Carrot Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

RECIPE #489, DAY #673 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Carrot Noodles with Spicy Peanut Dressing,” from April’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 20-30 minutes DIFFICULTY: A little more difficult than easy TOOLS: A good vegetable peeler and other normal things COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: A-plus. You can’t really go wrong with raw veggies, herbs, spices, and even a protein-dense,…

Zucchini “Noodles” with Roasted Tomatoes and Cream Sauce

RECIPE #448, DAY #672 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Cheesy Zucchini Noodles with Bacon,” from April’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 45 minutes (during which you could saute a nice chicken breast with lemon) DIFFICULTY: Moderate TOOLS: A spiralizer (hand-held or stand-alone), spaghetti-like blade, normal pans and utensils COOK TYPE: Stovetop, oven HEALTH: You would think that veggie noodles…

Classic Grill Burgers

RECIPE #487, DAY #670 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Way to Grill Burgers,” from Jamie Purviance’s Weber’s Way to Grill* TIMING: 20 minutes to prep the grill, then 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, considering TOOLS: Grill, fuel, starter, grill spatula, plate, platter, etc. COOK TYPE: Grill HEALTH: Burgers sort of have a bad rep as junk food, but…

Minty Mushy Peas

RECIPE #486, DAY #669 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chicken Thighs with Mushy Peas,” from April 2017 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Blender and a small sauce pan with a lid COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: You get points for a nice, healthy side (and so bright!) with this one. Peas win. EXPERIENCE: I am…

Chicken Thighs and Colorful Cauliflower Sheet Pan Supper

RECIPE #485, DAY #669 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chicken Thighs with Minty Peas” from April 2017’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 40 minutes, until 10 spent actually working DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A sheet pan COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: This is a lean protein, chock-full-o-veggies dinner that cooks up real easy on a weeknight. Just add a healthy grain—as…

Strawberry Almond Smoothie

RECIPE #484, DAY #669 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Strawberry-Almond Smoothie,” from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: for Every Season* TIMING: 5 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A blender which turns ice to snow COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Pretty good, actually. A quick breakfast chock full of fruit and nuts, as well as your milk of choice. But then…

Brilliant Brunch Cupcakes

RECIPE #483, DAY #668 ORIGINAL RECIPE: My daughter, the incredible tween baker, made these up on accident, when trying to get to a Frappuccino cupcake* TIMING: 2 hours, maybe, with all the cooling and multitasking DIFFICULTY: Moderate, usual cupcake requirements TOOLS: Cupcake pan and papers (or, even better, foils), stand mixer, whisk, sifter, etc. COOK…

Ramp or Leek Omelet

RECIPE #482, DAY #668 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Four-Egg Omelet with Ramps” from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Well, easy, except executing a perfect omelet, such as they teach in culinary school, is much more nuanced and difficult TOOLS: Omelet pan or nonstick skillet, thin spatula COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH:…

Grain Pancakes with Honey Orange Whipped Cream

RECIPE #481, DAY #668 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Two-Grain Pancakes with Orange Honey Topping,” from Ricki Carrol’s Home Cheese Making* TIMING: 20-30 minutes DIFFICULTY: If you have pancakes down, then it’s as easy as any other TOOLS: Griddle (electric or stovetop), spatula, whisk, mixing bowls, stand mixer… COOK TYPE: Griddle, whether electric or stovetop HEALTH: As far…

Eggplant Parmesan

RECIPE #480, DAY #667 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, translated into my first recipe collection, It’s All Good* TIMING: 1 ½ hours DIFFICULTY: It’s not the easiest thing to pull off, and yet the flavors make even a botched attempt still taste good. TOOLS: A heavy-bottomed skillet or griddle (preferable cast iron),…

Seven Layer Salad

RECIPE #479, DAY #662 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This is a recipe I grew up on* TIMING: 15 minutes, plus how much times it takes you to cook bacon DIFFICULTY: Easy, as long as you know how to cook bacon TOOLS: I use a roasting pan with rack insert for my bacon, but whatever. A clear bowl…

Midwestern Taco Salad

RECIPE #478, DAY #660 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This is something my mom made frequently when I was growing up* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, just chop, chop, chop TOOLS: A skillet and something to cut on and with. You also want small serving bowls or a platter with dividers COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: There’s really nothing…

Banana Cake with Chocolate Drizzle

  RECIPE #474, DAY #653 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Banana Cake” and “Chocolate Glaze” from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook* TIMING: 2 hours or so DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, really TOOLS: Springform bundt pan, stand mixer, whisk, small heavy bottomed sauce pan, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: You could try this with at least part spelt or whole…

Chicken and Dumplings

RECIPE #477, DAY #656 ORIGINAL RECIPE: My own, for the stew. The dumplings are from Carol at AllRecipes.com* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Somewhere in the middle. It should be easy, but the dumplings can be finicky TOOLS: Soup pot, mixing bowl, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: While chicken and dumplings feels like its nourishing you,…

Spaghetti Basil Almond Soup

RECIPE #476, DAY #655 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Ultimate Recipe Collection, from Trident Press, back when I was too naïve to know I should be snooty about cookbooks* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A soup pot and a ladle COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: It isn’t really a complete meal, and is much heavier on the carbs…

Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup

RECIPE #475, DAY #654 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Carole Clement’s Cook’s Companion* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Just a soup pot and ladle, and tools to cut things COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a very healthful soup, even with the noodles. Full of things that help with a cold, like ginger, garlic, spice, crucifers, alliums,…

Juice Gel Homemade Fruit Snacks

RECIPE #473, DAY #652 ORIGINAL RECIPE: My memory coupled with some online research* TIMING: 10 minutes to make, but 1 ½ hours to set DIFFICULTY: Easy enough TOOLS: Silicone candy or chocolate molds, dropper, heavy-bottomed sauce pan COOK TYPE: Stovetop and fridge HEALTH: These really aren’t bad. If you buy a nice, 100% juice (truly…

LEGO Marshmallow Pops

RECIPE #472, DAY #652 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Various places on Pinterest* TIMING: Maybe an hour, including time to cool between steps DIFFICULTY: I find candy melts quite difficult to work with TOOLS: A microwave, double-boiler, or candy melt melter, lollipop sticks, wax paper, and Styrofoam or lollipop holder COOK TYPE: Either microwave, stovetop, or candy melt…

Curried Cauliflower StirFry

RECIPE #471, DAY #645 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Indian-Style Saute of Cauliflower and Greens,” from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Moderate TOOLS: A wok or large saute pan, things to chop with and things to chop on, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a healthy, vegetarian entrée. It lacks in protein,…

Banana Cream Pie

RECIPE #544, DAY #470 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Cobbled together from here and there to recreate my dad’s one and only dessert* TIMING: 20 minutes plus 2 hours to set DIFFICULTY: You can scorch a pudding pretty easy, but otherwise just about anyone can throw this together TOOLS: A deep dish pie pan, pie server to serve,…

Vegetarian Classic Sandwich

RECIPE #469, DAY #643 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This gem came from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Nothing special COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: It’s vegetarian. It’s chock full of veggies and even healthy fat. It’s full of fiber and vitamins. It’s full of veggies. Great! EXPERIENCE: My husband and I…

Three-Bean Chili Soup

RECIPE #468, DAY #643 ORIGINAL RECIPE: I made this one up years ago to emulate my mom’s chili, but vegetarian* TIMING: 1 hour, if you want to give it good simmer time DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Soup pot and ladle COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: There’s nothing quite as simple and healthy as a pot of chili….

Indian Lentil Soup

RECIPE #468, DAY #642 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Another recipe from my old files, this came from Shehzad Husain’s and Rafi Fernandez’s Indian: Deliciously Authentic Dishes* TIMING: 40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A soup pot, medium sauce pan, and other normal kitchen things COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: You can an A+ for serving this for dinner. Vegetarian…

Simple Breakfast Burritos

RECIPE #467, DAY #642 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Breakfast Burritos” came from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 10-15 minutes to prepare DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A griddle pan or skillet and a spatula COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Breakfast burritos are a great option for a healthy breakfast. They lack sugar and processing, they include lots of…

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

RECIPE #466, DAY #641 ORIGINAL RECIPE: This recipe originally came from Ultimate Recipe Collection, from Trident Press International, 2001* TIMING: 30 minutes before cooling DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: A cupcake pan with papers, a mixer (or just a bowl and spoon) COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: This has too much sugar to be considered a health…

Quick Tortilla Soup

RECIPE #465, DAY #641 ORIGINAL RECIPE: It’s in my first-ever recipe collection, but it came originally from Mills’ and Ross’ Desperation Dinners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Not TOOLS: Soup pot and other normal kitchen things COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This make a rather fine, super speedy, weeknight, family dinner. It is chock full of veggies…

Loaded Potato Soup

RECIPE #464, DAY #640 ORIGINAL RECIPE: I collected this as “Baked Potato Soup” into my very first recipe collection, but it came originally from Mills’ and Ross’ Desperation DInners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Not at all TOOLS: A soup pot and nothing special COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: It’s a little heavy on the fat, but…

Creamy Turkey-Cheese Bake

RECIPE #460, DAY #631 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Turkey Cheese Casserole” from Ricki Carroll’s Home Cheese Making TIMING: 45 minutes-1 hour DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: A skillet, small casserole dish, and other usual kitchen things COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: It’s got a whole lotta dairy to be called “healthy,” but it is lean protein and…

Cockroach Cake with Cream Guts

RECIPE #459, DAY #630 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Basic idea from “Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Cake,” on YouTube, by Katherine Dey. Actual recipes from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. TIMING: 2 days, or at least several hours DIFFICULTY: This is not the cake you want to make with no experience TOOLS: 2 round cake pans, parchment paper, rolling mat, rolling…

Chicken Bowtie Pasta with Broccoli

RECIPE #458, DAY #629 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Tuxedo Chicken” from Mills’ and Ross’ Desperation Dinners TIMING: 20 minutes, or maybe 30 DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Pot to boil pasta, wide and deep saute pan, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: While this may strike some middle-aged people as healthy because of the chicken breasts and broccoli, it’s not…

Steak and Egg Breakfast Tacos

RECIPE #457, DAY #629 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “” from Alison Lewis’s 300 Best Taco Recipes, with some help from Food Network’s online “Ranch Guacamole” TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, just don’t overcook your meat, please TOOLS: Cast iron skillet or griddle, tongs, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Most breakfasts that you home-make are going to…

Eggs in a Basket

RECIPE #454, DAY #627 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Toad in a Hole” from Frogette at AllRecipes.com* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Not the easiest thing you’ve done all day, and not the hardest TOOLS: Griddle or griddle pan, spatula, biscuit cutter (or something similar) COOK TYPE: Stovetop/griddle HEALTH: You could do worse, having an egg with toast for…

Peppery Veal Meatloaf

RECIPE #455, DAY #627 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pepper Loaf” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets TIMING: 2 hours, most of it just waiting around DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A loaf pan, mixing, bowl, and blender. Also, something to crush your pepper balls, like a mortar and pestle or electric spice grinder COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Just a block…

Ham and Swiss Sandwich

RECIPE #454, DAY #627 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Classic Turkey and Swiss Sandwich” from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, by Alison Lewis TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Nothing special, just a cutting board and a knife (preferably a tomato knife) COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Cured meat should be eaten in a limited fashion. However, this is a…

Pastitsio

RECIPE #453, DAY #626 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Lamb and Macaroni Pastitsio” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen TIMING: 1 ½ hours if you are flying through the kitchen DIFFICULTY: It just takes a lot of pans and time and effort… like lasagna TOOLS: Saute pan, soup pot, sauce pan, small pan, whisk, beater with bowl, two small bowls,…

Bert Greene’s Chicken

RECIPE #452, DAY #625 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Crusty Chicken,” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen, compiled from the recipes of Bert Greene TIMING: 1 ½ hours, with 1 hour resting DIFFICULTY: Almost easy TOOLS: Baking pan with rack, mixing bowl, small bowl, whisk COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: It’s basically just chicken. It’s going to depend more and what…

Pita Pizza

RECIPE #451, DAY #624 ORIGINAL RECIPE: I made this up years ago, from a pita pizza I used to order all the time TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Super easy TOOLS: Nothing special, unless you want to use a pizza stone COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: A whole wheat pizza with tomato sauce, a moderate amount of…

Chicken Pizzuta

RECIPE #450, DAY #621 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chicken Pizzuta” from Bert Greene’s Bert Greene’s Kitchen TIMING: 20-30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Not too hard TOOLS: Heavy skillet, small food processor, whisk COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Well, I feel a little bit bad about slathering mayonnaise on chicken before eating it for dinner. But only a little. Otherwise, you…

Sunday Roast with Horseradish-Parsley Salsa

RECIPE #449, DAY #620 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pot Roast with Green Sauce,” from Bert Greene’s (posthumous) Bert Greene’s Kitchen TIMING: 2 ½-3 hours DIFFICULTY: Not very hard, but a lot of time TOOLS: Dutch oven, as well as every other pan in the kitchen COOK TYPE: Stovetop and Oven HEALTH: If you have not had a…

Ham and Potato Soup

RECIPE #448, DAY #619 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Po’Pottage,” from Bert Greene’s Greene on Greens TIMING: 40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Soup pot COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a perfect soup for a cold winter (or fall night), when you’re just going to be in the house, low-key. It would also be nice if someone in…

Russian Pot Boil

RECIPE #447, DAY #618 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Russian Cabbage Borscht” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets. Still trying out the new recipe book TIMING: 4 ½ hours DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A soup pot and a platter, pretty much COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: If you make your family a roast with potatoes and a vegetable-heavy cabbage soup for…

Sausage Meatloaf

RECIPE #445, DAY #616 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Brattleboro ‘Commune-Style’ Loaf,” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets TIMING: 1 ½ hours DIFFICULTY: Easy, easy, easy TOOLS: A baking pan with some depth, a mixing bowl, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: This is as old-school as it gets. Just a whole lot of meat, some veggies and spices, some…

Baconed Black Beans with Rice

RECIPE #445, DAY #615 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Beans and Rice” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets. TIMING: Depending on your rice cooker, ½ hour-1 hour DIFFICULTY: If you have a rice steamer or cooker, this is very easy TOOLS: Rice steamer or cooker and a large sauté pan COOK TYPE: Stovetop and rice steamer or cooker HEALTH:…

Bert’s Chicken Mole

RECIPE #444, DAY #615 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets TIMING: 1 ½ hours DIFFICULTY: Moderate. It is a little difficult to get the sauce to the consistency I was imagining. TOOLS: Saute pan, soup pot, baking pan, tongs, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This has lots of things that are great for…

Lamb Korma

RECIPE #443, DAY #614 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Lamb Keema” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets TIMING: 2 hours DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Large sauce pan, small sauce pan, bowl, small whisk, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a healthy, meaty dinner. It’s nice served with naan, but you could do a whole wheat chapatti or rice…

Welsh Rarebit

RECIPE #442, DAY #612 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Welsh Rarebit” from Bert Greene’s Kitchen Bouquets TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Things can go wrong here pretty easily, as you can see from my curdled, runny result TOOLS: A double boiler or a super-heavy-bottomed saucepan COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Not healthy. A very imbalanced meal, in line with grilled…

Chicken Schnitzel on Pretzel Bread

RECIPE #440, DAY #609 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Schnitzel Sandwiches” from Food Network Magazine, October 2014* TIMING: 30 minutes or less DIFFICULTY: Not the easiest thing TOOLS: Cast iron skillet, spatula, 3 blates (bowl-plates) COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Chicken’s for dinner. Taking a chicken breast and adding breading and pan-frying it is not the most healthy thing…

16-Bean Pasta Fagioli

RECIPE #441, DAY #611 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “’16 Bean’ Pasta e Fagioli” from Ina Garten in Food Network Magazine, March 2017* TIMING: 1 day to soak, then about 1 1/2 hours, but most of it inactive DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: A soup pot or Dutch oven and not much else COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This really…

Dark, Beer Chili

RECIPE #439, DAY #608 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chiarello Chocolate Chili con Carne” from I don’t know where, like 15 years ago* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: A soup pot and not much else COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: There are many reasons I love chili. One of them is that in one pot, you have…

Carrot Cake

RECIPE #437, DAY #604 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Carrot Cake” and “Cream Cheese Frosting” from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook* TIMING: 1 1/2 hours at most, including cooling and decorating time DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, for a cake TOOLS: Stand mixer is nice for the frosting, but not necessary, cake pans, parchment paper, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven, baking HEALTH: If…

Black Bean and Couscous Salad

RECIPE #436, DAY #604 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Black Beans and Couscous Sante Fe Style,” from Mill’s and Ross’s Desperation Dinners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A small pan with a lid, a fork, and not much else COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This begins with white pasta (couscous), although you could get whole grain, but it…

Buttermilk Pancakes

RECIPE #435, DAY #604 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Buttermilk Pancakes,” from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Sorta easy, if you have made pancakes before TOOLS: A griddle pan or electric griddle, spatula, mixing bowl COOK TYPE: Stovetop or electric griddle HEALTH: Well, pancakes are usually made with white flour, but these have…

Seven Layer Pasta Salad

RECIPE #434, DAY #601 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “7-Layer Pasta Salad,” from Food Network Magazine, July/August 2012* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy enough TOOLS: A glass serving bowl, a pot to boil pasta, spider, whisk, small bowl, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop, although best served chilled HEALTH: This salad has about equal pluses and minuses. Plus: raw veggies,…

Tempeh Salad Sandwich

RECIPE #433, DAY #600 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Curried Tempeh Spread,” from Nava Atlas’s Vegetarian Five-Ingredient Gourmet* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Nothing special COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Tempeh is fermented soy, so this is almost healthy. The mayonnaise is what almost disqualifies it. Still, if you were going to have a sandwich, one with veggies,…

Walnut Vinaigrette

RECIPE #431, DAY #598 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Walnut Oil Vinaigrette,” from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 20 minutes, with 5 of it work DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Either a small bowl and whisk, or a Mason jar with lid COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: This is a great dressing to throw on some fresh–or even roasted–vegetables….

Warm Black Bean Dip

RECIPE #430, DAY #598 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Black Bean Dip,” from Maryanne at AllRecipes.com, like way back in 2003* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A sauce pan and a small food processor (or other way to puree a can of beans) COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: When you’re used to having fatty, goopy, indulgent snacks for…

Brownies

RECIPE #429, DAY #598 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “The Perfect Brownie,” from Nathalie Dupree’s Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking* TIMING: 45 minutes with baking, but they comes together in a snap DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: You could use a stand mixer, or just a bowl and spoon, small-medium baking pan COOK TYPE: Oven (and stovetop or microwave…

Creamy Corn and Bell Peppers

RECIPE #426, DAY #597 ORIGINAL RECIPE: from Carole Clement’s Cook’s Companion* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Small saute pan or skillet COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: If you have to add a little cream to your corn and peppers to get everyone (read: yourself) to eat it, then so be it. Actually, we need some…

Cheesed Quinoa with Broccoli

RECIPE #425, DAY #597 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Quinoa, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole,” from Nava Atlas’s Vegetarian Five-Ingredient Gourmet* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, but don’t overcook your broccoli TOOLS: I use an electric steamer, but the directions are for a sauce pan with lid and a saute pan with lid COOK TYPE: Steamer or stovetop…

Fork-and-Knife Salami and Kalamata Pizza

RECIPE #422, DAY #596 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “All-Dressed G-Style Pizza,” from Nadia G’s Cookin’ for Trouble* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Medium TOOLS: Pizza pan, pizza cutter, mixing bowl COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: I don’t look down on pizza as much as most health nuts. With grain, protein, and even the option of veggies, I consider a…

Simple Dal with Coconut Rice

RECIPE #421, DAY #595 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Dal with Coconut Cream,” from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison* TIMING: About 1 hour, including the rice DIFFICULTY: Fairly easy, really simple TOOLS: Rice steamer or cooker, heavy-bottomed large sauce pan, mortar and pestle or small food processor COOK TYPE: Stovetop and rice steamer or cooker HEALTH:…

Pizza Party Sub

RECIPE #428, DAY #598 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pizza,” from Food Network Magazine‘s 50 Party Subs* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Foil, baking sheet, skillet, bread knife, small pan and whisk COOK TYPE: Oven and stovetop HEALTH: As terrible for you as a Super Bowl pizza party sub sounds, it wasn’t really that bad. I…

Baked Chicken Wings

RECIPE #427, DAY #598 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Baked Chicken Wings,” from Kristin C at AllRecipes.com* TIMING: 1 hour baking, more for marinating (if you believe in that sort of thing) DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Baking sheet, mixing bowl with plastic wrap or lid COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Even baked chicken wings contain some fat, including what is…

Creamy Beans with Chicken

RECIPE #432, DAY #599 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “I’m Dreaming of a White Chili,” from the Podleskis’ Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry* TIMING: 30 minutes, unless your average age is 10 years old DIFFICULTY: My kids actually made this while I was under the weather TOOLS: Soup pot, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Sure, there is rather…

Breakfast Pizza

RECIPE #420, DAY #591 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Ree Drummond’s Breakfast Pizza,” from Food Network Magazine, March 2014* TIMING: 45 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Baking sheet or pizza pan and a skillet COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Well, this is actually quite a step up from cereal or a Mc-whatever. It does involve bacon and white grains,…

Beef Stroganoff

RECIPE #419, DAY #589 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Beef Stroganoff,” from Cook’s Illustrated, January/February 2002* TIMING: A good 30 minutes of careful cooking DIFFICULTY: Almost easy TOOLS: A deep, wide saute pan, a soup pot for boiling noodles, whisk, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: While many would consider a beefy pasta with sour cream to be an…

Weeknight Spaghetti and Meatballs

RECIPE #418, DAY #585 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Italian Meatballs,” from Food Network Magazine‘s 50 Meatballs* TIMING: 30-45 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Rimmed baking sheet, soup pot, wide and deep saute pan, tongs, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven and stovetop HEALTH: If you already have an eye on your pasta consumption, this will not set you back. In…

Loaded Breakfast Sandwich

RECIPE #417, DAY #583 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Loaded Egg Sandwich,” from Food Network Magazine, April 2016* TIMING: 30 minutes, if you are a kitchen speedster (It’s all about managing multiple kitchen tasks at once) DIFFICULTY: Almost easy TOOLS: Rimmed baking sheet, baking sheet with roasting rack, griddle or skillet, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven and stovetop HEALTH:…

Caramel Pretzel Thumbprints

RECIPE #415, DAY #580 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Salted Caramel Pretzel Thumbprints,” from Food Network Magazine, December 2012* TIMING: 1 1/2 hours or more, with all the cooling and waiting DIFFICULTY: Honestly, difficult. Would be easier with a more cooperative dough TOOLS: Baking sheets, cooking rack, mixer, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: I am a little tired…

Sweet, Spicy, and Sour Minted Pork Wraps

RECIPE #416, DAY #581 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Vietnamese Pork Wraps,” from Alison Lewis’s 400 Best Sandwich Recipes* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A skillet and a small whisk COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Pork is the other white meat. Paired with fresh mint and some raw veggies, you are going to be all right. Even better?…

Tuna Noodle Casserole

RECIPE #414, DAY #578 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch,” from MVANWINKLE at AllRecipes.com* TIMING: 1 hour DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Pot for boiling, casserole pan, saute pan… COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: This probably isn’t the best dinner for your health, but it’s comforting and homey and it is homemade. It’s not the…

Blueberry Waffles

RECIPE #413, DAY #578 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Wonderful Waffles,” from Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Some experience helpful TOOLS: Waffle iron, rubber spatula, spatula, whisk, mixer with the whisk attachment COOK TYPE: Electric waffle iron HEALTH: The point of these waffles, in the original cook book, was to replace the unhealthy frozen…

Chef Salad

RECIPE #411, DAY #577 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Chef Greene’s Chef Salad,” from Bert Greene’s Bert Greene’s Kitchen* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, as long as you follow advice to boil an egg TOOLS: Nothing special COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: We all know that having a salad for lunch makes you a saint. This salad does contain…

Barley with Roasted Chicken and Smoky Tomatoes

RECIPE #423, DAY #577 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spicy Chicken Barley Risotto with Dried Currants and Smoked Gouda,” from Nadia G’s Cookin’ for Trouble* TIMING: 2 hours DIFFICULTY: Easy for someone with some experience TOOLS: Small roasting pan, medium and large sauce pans, meat thermometer COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: This is a great hearty, healthy…

Orange Sherbet Frosting AND Nearly Pound Cake

RECIPE #408 & 409, DAY #575 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Classic Buttercream,” and “Golden Butter Cream Cake,” from Rose Levy Bernabaum’s The Cake Bible* TIMING: 45 minutes for the cake, 45 minutes for the frosting, plus cooling time for each DIFFICULTY: The frosting begs some experience TOOLS: Stand mixer, small heavy sauce pan, candy thermometer, cake pan,…

Mediterranean Lentils, Rice, and Vegetables

RECIPE #404, DAY #574 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Palestinian Rice with Lentils and Browned Onions,” “Velvety Fried Eggplant,” “Fried Tomatoes in Tomato Sauce,” and “Palestinian Salad,” from Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian* TIMING: 1 hour, after a 3 hour soak for the lentils DIFFICULTY: This takes some serious speed and kitchen multi-tasking TOOLS: A deep fryer or some sort,…

Broccoli with Mustard Butter Sauce

RECIPE #403, DAY #573 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Broccoli with Mustard Butter and Capers,” from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Steamer, small bowl, and a whisk COOK TYPE: Stovetop or steamer HEALTH: More green veggies! And steamed at that! Dripping with butter sauce! Okay, so you had me to the…

Wild Rice Warm Salad

RECIPE #403, DAY #573 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Wild Rice Salad,” from Nava Atlas’s Vegetarian Five-Ingredient Gourmet* TIMING: 1 hour, most of it just letting the rice cook on its own DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Rice cooker or electric steamer or a pan with a lid, knife and cutting board COOK TYPE: Rice cooker, electric steamer, or stovetop…

Creamy Broiled Tilapia

RECIPE #401, DAY #573 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Tilapia Parmesan,” from Phoebe at AllRecipes.com, although I was originally given this recipe by word of mouth from a friend, when I begged her for it after she served it to us for dinner* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Small baking pan COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Well, it…

Justin Berger Popcorn

RECIPE #407, DAY #574 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Just a verbal recipe given to me from a friend about 15 years ago* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, at least if you have a popcorn maker like I do TOOLS: Popcorn popper COOK TYPE: Popcorn popper HEALTH: Popcorn is a great, healthy snack. It’s easy to make at…

Anything Granola Bars

RECIPE #406, DAY #574 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Cranberry Nut Granola Bars,” from SeattleFarmersMarketGirl at AllRecipes.com* TIMING: 40 minutes, plus cooling time DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: 9×12 inch baking pan, parchment paper, mixing bowl… COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Granola bars have a reputation of being very, well, “granola,” meaning healthy. This is not often the case, though. Although…

(Gluten Free Vegan) Pumpkin Ginger Muffins

RECIPE #405, DAY #574 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pumpkin-Spice Muffins,” from Erin McKenna’s Babycakes* TIMING: 45 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Cupcake pan COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Without substitutions, these muffins are gluten free, vegan, and use healthier fats and sugars. In other words, they are on the definite good-for-you end of sweets. Not to mention, they also…

Thai Mussels

RECIPE #395, DAY #569 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Thai-Style Mussels,” from Reader’s Digest’s Fight Back with Food* TIMING: 20 minutes to soak the mussels, and then 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, but shellfish can be intimidating TOOLS: Saute pan with lid COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: We could most of us use to add more fish and shellfish to…

Ginger-Soy Soba

RECIPE #400, DAY #571 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Soba Noodle Salad,” from Moosewood Collective’s Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Cooking pot, spider, salad serving bowl, small bowl, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Thumbs way up! Full of green veggies and whole buckwheat, as well as healthful miso, garlic, ginger, and soy….

Breakfast Strata

RECIPE #394, DAY #569 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Breakfast Strata with Potatoes, Rosemary, and Fontina,” from Cooks Illustrated, November & December 2001* TIMING: 1 hour, then overnight, then 1 hour DIFFICULTY: Easy enough but involved TOOLS: A nonstick/cast iron skillet, 8×8 baking pan (preferably glass), etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: A breakfast strata sure beats…

Mulled Cider

RECIPE #393, DAY #568 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Mulled Cider,” from my own collection, It’s All Good, from a recipe my mother-in-law passed down to me* TIMING: 20 minutes minimum DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: If you are mulling for awhile, cheesecloth and kitchen twine COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: A nice, comforting hot cider is not a bad idea…

Deep Dish Pizza

RECIPE #392, DAY #568 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Deep-Dish Pizza,” from Food Network Magazine, October 2016* TIMING: 2 1/2 hours, but the dough seemed rushed to me DIFFICULTY: Bread can be intimidating, but it’s not that hard TOOLS: A round cake pan, a stand mixer with dough hook… COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven HEALTH: This pizza has…

Rice and Lentil Bake

RECIPE #391, DAY #567 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Easy One-Dish Casserole,” from Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food* TIMING: 1 hour 45 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy as easy can be TOOLS: 9×9 baking dish COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: This is an A-1 top option for a healthy dinner. It has vegetarian protein, whole grains, and a wee bit of…

Nottaccino

RECIPE #396, DAY #571 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Homemade Frappuccino,” from The Pioneer Woman* TIMING: 5 minutes, plus 20 to cool the espresso DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A good blender and something to make extra strong coffee or espresso COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: While frozen coffee drinks are notorious for their sugar content and caffeine, making them at…

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

RECIPE #399, DAY #571 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spaghetti Squash Primavera,” from Bert Greene’s Greene on Greens* TIMING: 1 hour, about half of it simmer a whole squash DIFFICULTY: It seems daunting, but it’s really not TOOLS: Soup pot, sauce pans, tongs, large knife, a coupla forks… COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Even the bit of cream, butter,…

Spicy Road Mix

RECIPE #398, DAY #571 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Backseat Treats,” “Spicy Cereal Mix,” from Ellie Krieger in Food Network Magazine, July 2011* TIMING: 1 hour DIFFICULTY: Easy, but don’t just walk away and forget about it TOOLS: Roasting pan, silicone spatula, small bowl, mini whisk, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: This appeared originally in an article for…

Pimiento Cheese Two Ways

RECIPE #397, DAY #571 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pimiento Cheese,” from Ree Drummond in Food Network Magazine, circa 2013* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A stand mixer is ideal here COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Pimiento cheese–a Southern staple–has its health issues. It is simply bursting with fat from mayonnaise, cheese, and more cheese. Slather it on…

White Chicken Chili

RECIPE #390, DAY #566 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “White Bean and Chicken Chili,” from Mills’s and Ross’s Desperation Dinners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A soup pot and a rice cooker or steamer COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: While one of the reasons I adore chili is that is is like a pot of health while still…

Gingerbread House

RECIPE #383, DAY #562 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Gingerbread (for Cookies or a Gingerbread House)” from LUv 2 BaKE on Food.com, and a similar recipe for the frosting* TIMING: I would set aside a good 3 hours DIFFICULTY: Some skill required TOOLS: A sheet pan, a rolling pin, a stand mixer, knives and cookie cutters, graph paper,…

Quick Broken Lasagna

RECIPE #389, DAY #565 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Real-Life Lasagna,” from Mills’s and Ross’s Desperation Dinners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A wide deep saute pan with a lid COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Generally, you want to limit your pasta intake, at least if you have issues with wanting to eat it for every meal, like…

Beef and Potato Keema

RECIPE #371, DAY #543 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Ground Meat with Potatoes in Scented White Sauce”/”Safaid Keema” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 1 hour 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Large saute pan with a lid COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: A plate full of lamb with spices accompanied by whole wheat chapati, a vegetable, and…

Lemony Crispy-Skin Chicken

RECIPE #381, DAY #558 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Simple Broiled Chicken Thighs” and “Garlic, Lemon, and Rosemary Rub” from Cooks Illustrated, January-February 2000* TIMING: 1 hour for the brine, then 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Medium TOOLS: A roasting pan with a rack, aluminum foil, a zipper-top bag, a basting brush COOK TYPE: Oven, broiler HEALTH: I actually believe…

Hoppin’ John Soup

RECIPE #385, DAY #563 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Hoppin’ John Soup” from Bert Greene in Bert Greene’s Kitchen* TIMING: 2 hours (unless you use canned beans) DIFFICULTY: Fairly easy TOOLS: A soup pot, ladle, and other standard kitchen things COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Yes, there are 2 types of cured pork in this soup, but I would…

Raw Berry Smoothie

RECIPE #386, DAY #564 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “A Berry Delicious Drink” from Elysa Markowitz in The Complete Book of Raw Food* TIMING: 5 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A blender COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Even though eating raw is not something I will condone doing all the time (like the creators of this cookbook), this is a…

Bean Chili with Corn Cheddar Tamale Crust

RECIPE #387, DAY #564 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Black Bean Tamale Pie” from Stephanie O’Dea’s 365 Slow Cooker Suppers* TIMING: 10 minutes, then 6 hours DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A crock pot/slow cooker and a whisk COOK TYPE: Crock pot/slow cooker HEALTH: This is healthy, hearty eats. It also happens to be vegetarian, which makes it a health…

Mango Lassi

RECIPE #380, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: I can’t recall where I first found this, but I love to whip it up* TIMING: 5 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A blender COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: You win with this one, especially if you use a natural, real buttermilk (which I insist that you do). There is sugar,…

Masala Chai

RECIPE #379, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spiced Tea”/”Masala Chai,” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A soup pot and a strainer COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: There is sugar and milk in here, but not a ton. The spice and tea definitely have some healthful properties. EXPERIENCE: Despite being a…

Indian Buttered Cabbage

RECIPE #378, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Buttered Smothered Cabbage”/”Bandh Gobhi Ki Sabzi,” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Wok with a cover COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: You could eat this every day and you would be better off for it. Our diets, in general, need more sulfuric veggies, including…

Green Bean Indian Stir Fry

RECIPE #377, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Snake Gourd Stir Fry”/”Padavalanga Thoran,” from somewhere on the internet, several years ago* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Wok and flat-sided wooden spoon COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: We’re on a kick lately, but there is just nothing wrong with serving this up with a protein and grain….

Onion Bell Pepper Chutney

RECIPE #376, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Onion Vegetable Relish”/”Kachoomar,” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 10 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy. You just need some knife skills TOOLS: Just a sharp knife and a cutting board COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Raw veggies. You win. EXPERIENCE: I already had a chutney picked out to represent South India….

Refined Mulligatawny

RECIPE #374, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Mulligatawny Soup”/”Mullagatanni,” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 1 hour, much of it simmering time DIFFICULTY: Easy, but more involved than your everyday soup TOOLS: Soup pot, whisk, small skillet, sieve, immersion blender COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: There’s just a small amount of cream here, but I would…

Potato Samosas

RECIPE #373, DAY #544 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Savory Pastries with Spicy Potato Filling”/”Aloo Samosa,” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: At least 1 hour DIFFICULTY: Fairly difficult TOOLS: Fryer or Dutch Oven, lots of frying oil, tongs or fry basket, drying rack, rolling pin, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop and fryer/Dutch Oven HEALTH: Well, they are…

Matar Paneer

RECIPE #370, DAY #542 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Green Peas and Indian Cheese in Fragrant Tomato Sauce”/”Matar Paneer” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 2 hours DIFFICULTY: Not too difficult TOOLS: Nonstick saute pan or wok COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is a nice, healthy entree, and vegetarian to boot. With cheese as the protein, it…

Farina Raisin Pudding

RECIPE #368, DAY #542 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Semolina and Raisin Pudding”/”Sooji Halwa” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy, just don’t walk away and burn your butter or farina TOOLS: Large sauce pan, heavy bottomed sauce pan, whisk COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Sugar. Grains. Butter. And a wee bit of raisin and…

Mint Chutney

RECIPE #367, DAY #542 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Fresh Mint Relish”/”Podina Chutney” from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking* TIMING: 5 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Food processor and a spatula COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: This is something you could use anywhere and not feel guilty. Mostly, it’s fresh mint. Way better for you than, say, ranch dip. EXPERIENCE: Now…

Indian-Spiced Pan-Fried Chicken

RECIPE #366, DAY #540 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Indian Fried Chicken” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 40 minutes, plus marinating time DIFFICULTY: Easy except for telling if meat is cooked properly TOOLS: Baking pan with rack, blate (bowl-plate), cast iron skillet, etc. COOK TYPE: Stovetop (pan-frying) and oven HEALTH: It is chicken (and that’s good),…

Holiday Spiced Scone-Bread

RECIPE #365, DAY #540 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Gingerbread Scones,” from “50 Gingerbread Treats” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: Baking sheet, parchment paper, food processor COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Scones are definitely a lower-sugar treat, so that’s good. These ones also include fruit and a nut flour. EXPERIENCE: Honestly,…

Fried Tofu with Basil and Chile

RECIPE #364, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Thai Tofu with Basil and Chiles,” from my own recipe collection, modified years ago from Judy Bastyra’s Thai: The Essence of Cooking* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy if you use the pre-fried tofu, otherwise a little harder TOOLS: Wok COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is basically just tofu and…

Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cream

RECIPE #362, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Pok Pok Affogato,” from Andy Ricker in Pok Pok* TIMING: Like 5 minutes of work, but hours and hours of freezing and chilling DIFFICULTY: Couldn’t be easier TOOLS: Ice cream maker COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: It’s ice cream and it is average as far as ice cream health is…

Thai Red Curry

RECIPE #360, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Thai Tofu Vegetable Red Curry” from my own recipe collection, modified years ago from Mill’s and Ross’s Desperation Dinners* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A wok COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: This is pretty good, actually. You don’t need to feel guilty pulling up to a plate of red…

Thai Melon Custard

RECIPE #361, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Khanom Bataeng Laai/Northern Thai Melon Custard,” from Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok* TIMING: 1 hour, plus time to cool completely DIFFICULTY: Little difficult TOOLS: Tart pan, large baking pan, blender, sieve COOK TYPE: Oven (or wide Chinese steamer, if you happen to have one of those lying around) HEALTH: The…

Green Papaya Salad

RECIPE #359, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Som Tam Thai/Central Thai-Style Papaya Salad,” from Andy Ricker in Pok Pok* TIMING: 30 minutes, including time to make the tamarind water DIFFICULTY: Experience would be helpful TOOLS: Mortar and pestle and a small pan COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: I don’t know much about the health properties of these…

Pork Satay with Real Peanut Sauce

RECIPE #358, DAY #537 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Muu Sateh/Pork Satay” and “Naam Jim Sateh/Peanut Sauce” from Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok TIMING: 1 hour DIFFICULTY: Not very easy, really TOOLS: Grill of some sort (charcoal being best), blender, small food processor, pans, spice grinder, and–ideally–a large mortar and pestle COOK TYPE: Stovetop and grill HEALTH: This is…

Easy Paninied Cubans

RECIPE #355, DAY #534 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “The Cuban” from Alison Lewis’s 400 Best Sandwich Recipes TIMING: 15 minutes, after the 1 hour to let the pickle sit DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Panini press COOK TYPE: Panini press, either electric or stovetop HEALTH: It’s okay, but you’re going to need to eat some veggies and something fresh…

Tomato Rice

RECIPE #354, DAY #533 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Cheesy Broccoli-Stuffed Chicken with Tomato Rice” from December 2016’s Food Network Recipe* TIMING: 30 minutes (more for brown rice) DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A nice large sauce pan COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: I believe in rice, even if it is white (and as long as it isn’t instant). You could,…

Broccoli-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

RECIPE #352, DAY #533 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Cheesy Broccoli-Stuffed Chicken with Tomato Rice” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 30 minutes, with some bake time to go change out of your work clothes or make a side dish DIFFICULTY: A little more involved than easy TOOLS: Baking sheet, knife and cutting board COOK TYPE: Oven…

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

RECIPE #352, DAY #532 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Peppermint Sandwich Cookies” from a Reynold’s Parchment Paper ad* TIMING: 3 hours DIFFICULTY: On the difficult side TOOLS: Baking sheet, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, optional parchment paper, stand mixer, thin spatula, cooling rack, etc. COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Cookies. Nuff said. EXPERIENCE: I am a sucker for peppermint treats at…

Gnocchi Bolognese

RECIPE #351, DAY #532 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Mini-Gnocchi Bolognese” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 30 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Ovenproof skillet COOK TYPE: Stovetop, oven HEALTH: Aaaand more white flour. But if you haven’t had pasta or red meat in a few days, you will be fine with the combination of protein, carbs, cheese,…

Molasses Orange Snickerdoodles

RECIPE #350, DAY #531 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Orange-Molasses Snickerdoodles” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 45 minutes, including bake time, but not cooling DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Stand mixer, baking sheets, whisk… Usual baking things COOK TYPE: Oven HEALTH: Cookies are cookies so why should it be white flour and sugar are so bad for me?…

Pork Chops with Beans and Greens

RECIPE #349, DAY #529 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spiced Pork Chops with Maple-Braised Greens” from December 2016 Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 20 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy enough TOOLS: Deep wide skillet, tongs COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Pork is, as they say, the other white meat. Almost all of us could use both more beans and more greens in…

Spanish-Inspired Turkey Sandwich

RECIPE #347, DAY #528 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Spanish Turkey and Olives” from Alison Lewis’s 400 Best Sandwich Recipes* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Food processor, preferably small COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: Down side: mayonnaise, white bread and lunch meat. But with good-oil mayo, supreme white bread and nitrate-free lunch meat, you’ll have lean protein, pickles,…

Coffee Smoothie

RECIPE #346, DAY #528 ORIGINAL RECIPE: One of the Calendar suggestions in December 2016’s Food Network Magazine* TIMING: 5 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Blender. My requirement is always that it makes snow from ice COOK TYPE: None HEALTH: A homemade smoothie is generally not a terrible way to start your day. This one has yogurt…

Sweet Potato Waffles (with Leftover Potatoes)

RECIPE #345, DAY #527 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Sweet Potato Waffles” from Alton Brown’s Good Eats archives at Food Network online* TIMING: 20 minutes when starting with leftover sweet potatoes DIFFICULTY: Medium TOOLS: A waffle maker (or waffle iron) COOK TYPE: Waffle maker or stovetop waffle iron HEALTH: Sweet, refined grain breakfasts–although super common in America–are not…

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (with Leftover Potatoes)

RECIPE #344, DAY #524 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe” at Food Network online* TIMING: 40 minutes DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy TOOLS: A skillet and a tall, narrow casserole dish (tall and narrow for casserole dishes, anyways) COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven, possible broiler HEALTH: Nothing wrong here. Lots of vegetables and lean protein. You might…

Simple Stuffing Hash

RECIPE #343, DAY #523 ORIGINAL RECIPE: Just trying to use up leftover Thanksgiving bits* TIMING: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: A skillet and something to stir with COOK TYPE: Stovetop HEALTH: Well, veggies and lean protein is good. Perhaps all the butter and the bread is not, but this equals out to a fairly good…

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

RECIPE #342, DAY #522 ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Mulled Wine” from Robin Robertson’s Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker* TIMING: 4 hours DIFFICULTY: Easy TOOLS: Nothing COOK TYPE: Crockpot/slow cooker HEALTH: They used to consider this a panacea of sorts. Nerves? Fatigue? Sleeplessness? Have some mulled wine. I’m okay with that, at least in moderation. EXPERIENCE: Mulled…