Dungeness Crab Linguine

from Portland Chef Thomas Boyce, featured in Portland Monthly magazine serves: 3-4 time to table: 25 minutes 1/2 lb pancetta, diced* pinch chile flakes 1 clove garlic or small shallot, chopped 8 tb butter 1/2 lb Dungeness crab meat 1 lemon (zest & juice) handful arugula leaves fresh pasta, semolina or buckwheat linguine * because … Continue reading

Braised Kale Spaghetti

This simple pasta recipe has only a few ingredients and is not terribly photogenic, but tastes divine — it’s my standby dinner when cooking only for myself. The caramelized onions and tart lemon perfectly showcase the sweetness of the kale. Check out the original link at Bon Appetit for the writer’s really cute story about … Continue reading

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The simple truth is, I am a cookie fiend. Not that I can resist sweets of any kind, but cookies are truly on a different level. I can eat a dozen in a sitting, and crave them again an hour later. The odd thing about something as classic as chocolate chip cookies is there are hundreds … Continue reading

Baked Artichoke Dip

Glorious stuff, lighter on the dairy than most recipes. Serve with white corn chips or warmed Naan bread. Baked Artichoke Dipadapted from Bon Appetitserves 2-4; 45 minutes to table 1/4 cup parmesan + 2 Tb3 Tb mayo or veggenaise3 Tb sour cream or greek yogurt1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp black pepper1/4 tsp onion powder1/8 tsp garlic … Continue reading

Coconut Lentil Soup

I thought that Asian noodle bowl was a shoe-in for best dinner of the week, but THIS is truly a spectacular dish with minimum effort. My first foray into lentils was such a success, I’ve been looking for an excuse to try the French Green variety. This soup (it’s really a thick stew texture) combines … Continue reading

Easy Asian Noodle Bowl

The pile of dishes will have to wait, because this dinner was so awesome I have to share it right away. The original author swears this is easy & you will have all the ingredients on-hand, but I sure didn’t. Now that I’ve acquired them all, though, I know this will be a frequent star … Continue reading

A Winter Soup Day

A record-setting late storm caught us all by surprise this week, and with a foot of snow on the ground, my light & healthy spring recipe plans instantly reverted to winter cravings. Broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favorites, but restaurant versions are so heavy. This version takes its flavor from spinach and seasonings, … Continue reading

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese sandwiches hold a special place in our hearts as a comforting remnant of childhood, but rarely do they get credit as viable grown-up fare.  As a child, I had a mysterious aversion to cheese, but I am trying to make up for it in volume now. The classic yellow cheddar + white bread … Continue reading

Spicy Chocolate Chili

My tolerance for spice is about a 2, and my usual chili is so mild, it’s really just a stew with chili-esque ingredients. But enticed by tales about a friend’s chili cook-off, I have been craving a darker, richer, smokier chili. The Chipotle Chocolate Chili recipe from OurBestBites seemed to fit the bill: adding depth … Continue reading

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The first time I visited my besty at her super grown up apartment in Boston, she made this great cashew chicken stir-fry with wild rice, wrapped in sweet buttery Boston lettuce wraps. Applause for the best nester I know! Anyway, it’s a RealSimple recipe, so it qualifies as quick and simple, but it includes more … Continue reading