Lazy & Tasty Roasted Brussels Sprouts

BOGO Brussels Sprouts caught my eye tonight, during a mid-week restock run at our neighborhood Tom Thumb. They turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to the evening’s Chicken Magnifique, a Cybulsky original courtesy of our family matriarch, and a regular rotation in the Walden menu of weeknight staples. With a culinary hat tip to…

Easy Mediterranean Quinoa

Quinoa was one of those ingredients I’d buy when good intentions were at their peak, only to wuss out when the weekday I’d penciled in to cook it came round. Thank goodness I overcame my inner picky kid and tried it anyway. A staple for all seasons, and one that factors into more than a…

White Corn & Black Bean Salsa

My family might have devoured two batches of this salsa in under four days on our last beach trip. In our defense, that included five adults. Or maybe we still ate too much. Whatever. Since we first discovered it (shortly after the Jefferson County Medical Alliance published its Raising the Torch cookbook), this recipe has…

Crustless Heirloom Tomato Pie

Ahh heirloom tomatoes. And cheese. And tangy mayo and fresh basil and charred oniony goodness in every last bite. Oh summer, please don’t go! For this particular pie, I chose Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, and other favorite Heirloom varieties. The result turned out so well that I just might run an extra half mile tomorrow so…

Cauliflower Rice Cabbage Rolls

Last week out of nowhere, I started craving cabbage rolls. Holupchi, as it’s known in Ukrainian, is a dish I’d never once prepared on my own, but one wrapped up in fond memories from my parents’ kitchen, and my grandparents’ kitchen before that. After perusing several recipes, I returned to this one from Taste of…

Baked Mini Bell Pepper Casserole

Sweet and crisp mini bells in a creamy herb infused sauce – yes please! Diet Doctor does it again, this time with a filling and nutritious side dish that complements every entree I’ve served with it (most recently pot roast and sautéed mushrooms – supper table focus group approved). I love it for its simple, budget…

Pan Seared Pork Chops

With Cheddar Cauliflower Mash & Blackened Brussels Sprouts Even if the faux pumpkins and hay bales are still in storage (forcing myself to show some decorating restraint until the Autumnal equinox), fall is on the dinner menu. And I love few fall vegetables more than Brussels sprouts. Blackened and crisp, the way Mountain Mama Cooks…

Roasted Squash

When I worked for Southern Progress, comp cookbook day was my favorite. As often as three times a week, my mailroom slot was filled with hardcover goodies, including what remains a favorite to this day – Southern Living’s Homestyle Cooking: Over 400 Mouthwatering, Made-With-Love Recipes. Page 349 features a Roasted Squash recipe that I’ve easily…

My kind of kale.

Not so many meals ago, the mere mention of kale was enough to make me dig in for a second helping of homemade mac and skip the green veg altogether. Calling it a superfood struck me as overselling. Why the superlative if it’s so great on its own merits? It’s not like I’d never tried…