Sauteed Green Beans with Roasted Tomato Sauce

It’s really strange sometimes, what you remember. Or at least, it’s strange what I remember. Several years ago, my husband and I decided to spend a long weekend visiting Washington DC. My husband picked a nice steakhouse for one dinner (I call him my ‘meat-and-potatoes-guy’ for a reason). There was…

Artichoke Dip Mac and Cheese

If you’re anything like me, come spring, you think a lot about cooking artichokes. But you don’t seem to get around to actually doing it very often. Because they’re kind of complicated. They’re so much more work than, say, asparagus. If you love artichokes but lack the ambition to cook…

Welcome Spring: Creamy Parmesan Primavera Pasta

One of the first signs of spring around my household: baseball is back on tv!  I’m not the baseball fan (that would be my husband) but that nostalgic reminder of impending warm weather is always a relief. My favorite sign of spring: it’s no longer dark at 4 pm!  We…

Healthy Baked Parmesan Fries

So, when I made the homemade fish sticks for my last post, my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband was way more excited about the side dish: baked french fries. So I decided I should do a separate post for the fries. I actually make these baked fries all the time and here are the…

Crispy Lemon and Parmesan Fish Sticks

Today, for fun: a modern makeover for the much-loved, retro, American favorite: fish sticks! The 1950’s/60’s version: fried, heavily breaded, and highly processed fish sticks. My 2012 Scrumptious Pumpkin version: wild-caught whitefish fillets, whole wheat panko breading, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and bright, fresh oregano. The outside is crispy. The…

‘Easy Being Green’ Broccoli Pesto Quinoa

For a long time, a container of quinoa sat collecting dust in my kitchen cabinet. I bought it because I’d heard – many times – about how easy and extremely healthy it is (full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants). It made my pantry look all modern and healthy, sitting there…

Chocolate-Covered Cookie Dough Bunnies

  If you’re someone who kind of secretly likes sneaking tastes of the raw cookie dough more than biting into the final baked cookie, this recipe if for you. If you’re someone who is too full from having had too many “taste tests” of the cookie dough to have room…

Healthier Potatoes Au Gratin

Three Things. First thing: potatoes au gratin, as with nearly all things smothered in butter and cheese, is pretty much pure pleasure wrapped up into a casserole dish. Second thing: France, originator of potatoes au gratin, is also pure pleasure wrapped up into… …breathtaking countryside gardens… …picturesque medieval towns that…

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