Category — Fast and Easy Recipes

{how to} Creamy Coconut Rice with Fried Garlic

I have eaten this multiple times over the past week, and am still not sick of it. It works beautifully on its own as a side dish. For an easy lunch I stir in some chickpeas sauteed with curry powder and cumin seeds. For a dinner party, it is great under Asian-marinated meat or chicken skewers.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

{life changing} How To Make Croutons That Taste 1,000 Times Better Than Any Kind You Can Buy

I am almost always disappointed by a crouton. It is too big, too hard, too crumbly, too dry. It is not good. It should get out of my salad already.

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And even in a fancy store, you think: OK, these are like 7 bucks a bag, and I’m in a fancy store, so they’ve got to be good.

And then they are not good.

But there is so much potential there! I mean it’s basically bread, oil, and herbs – so why is that not working out better? And is this the best we can do? Stale tasting, tooth-shattering, dust bombs adorning our salads?

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June 24, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} 10 Minute Dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Parsley, & Toasted Almonds

Dinner in 10 minutes from start to finish? Yes, it can happen. This is a super simple and fast way to make pumpkin ravioli taste great – and it literally takes 10 minutes from start to finish.

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January 22, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Russian Tea Cakes) in the Food Processor

You’ve probably had a version of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies at least once in your life. They go by many different names but they are always irresistible.

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January 10, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

I am in Shanghai right now, and while I usually don’t write while on vacation, the jet lag has me up at odd hours with not much else to do. I was also eager to share this recipe because it was just too tasty not to write up as soon as possible. I have been trying to experiment with crockpot recipes to build up a repertoire of go-to slow cooker dishes, and this one is definitely going in the permanent rotation!


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December 27, 2013   7 Comments

{recipe} The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese You Can Make in 15 Minutes

I thought I knew a good way to make fast homemade mac and cheese, but I’m reconsidering now that I have figured this method out. This recipe is totally weird and totally magical. I can’t actually figure out why this odd combination of ingredients would make such good macaroni and cheese, but it does. If you don’t believe me, try it!

The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese You Can Make in 15 Minutes

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September 27, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Asian Crockpot Carnitas

While I love the idea of the crockpot, I have not had a lot of success with it. As one friend put it, you can make an OK dinner in the crockpot anytime, but it’s kind of a challenge to make a GREAT dinner in the crockpot. With the success of this recipe, however, that may all be changing for me.

Asian Crockpot Carnitas

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September 25, 2013   6 Comments

{recipe} Weeknight Pasta with Sausage, Broccoli, and Red Wine

Do you categorize recipes by “weeknight” and “weekend” like I do? There are some dishes I can leisurely fuss over on the weekend that I wouldn’t dream of attempting come Monday night. Between the flurry of juggling everyone’s work, childcare, exercise, and activity schedules, there will be no Bo Ssam gracing the dinner table on a weeknight. You are not getting slow-cooked short ribs on a Wednesday. Butternut squash chili? Wait for the weekend and you might get lucky.


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July 29, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Easy, Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Several people have asked me for this recipe, and in the past I have demurred, because I didn’t want them to know my secret: that it’s so easy and requires essentially no cooking skills. It almost feels like you’re cheating when you serve this for dinner. But I can’t keep it under wraps any longer.


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July 8, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Lime Butter

The corn we’ve been getting here in Northern California has been so good that yesterday my husband asked if, during corn season, it would be OK to have corn every night. I’m heading off to Colorado in a couple of hours, but before I go, I wanted to share this easy recipe for chipotle lime butter and corn on the cob.

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July 3, 2013   No Comments