Alice’s Cornbread

Growing up in Arkansas during the Depression, my mother-in-law Alice is a master of homestyle country cooking, especially cornbread. Hers is a simple recipe (no harder to make than using a mix), but it’s fresh and flavorful and quick to get on the table. Serve it with real butter or alongside a bowl of chili…

Barbecue Beef Sliders

WARNING: These sliders are to die for. Like, maybe literally. They are full of greasy goodness. So, so good for your tastebuds, but so bad for your health. We had about a pound-and-a-half of cooked beef brisket left over from Christmas. Never wanting to waste good food (but hating to eat the same thing again),…

Red Chori Masala

In November I was hit with a double whammy: gallstones and a fatty liver. Both of these came as a surprise, as I believed I ate healthfully. I don’t eat processed foods, I rarely eat fried foods, and I never eat fast food. But apparently I eat too much meat, too much pasta, and pretty…

Weeknight Enchiladas

These are all kinds of wrong, but they’re oh so good. They’re not really enchiladas because they’re made with flour tortillas (which technically makes them burritos), but I top them with canned enchilada sauce, so I call them enchiladas. Plus, they’re stuffed with ground beef and cheese, like an enchilada and not a burrito. These…

Chicken Burrito Bowls

In the mood for something Mexican, but wanting to keep the calorie count down, I tried making Chicken Burrito Bowls for the first time. The family loved it, as they could custom design their toppings to suit their tastes. I sautéed marinated chicken and served it over white rice with a mix of both canned…

Farfalle with Chicken, Zucchini & Tomato

If you don’t mind cutting fresh vegetables, this is another flavorful quick-fix one-dish meal. I know many families spend an hour or so on Sundays doing food prep for the week, but I’m one of those rare folks who finds using a knife relaxing. For this meal, all you need is a fresh zucchini, a…

Baked Chicken Breasts with Tangy Breadcrumbs

You may want to double this recipe because it’s so good. I prepared one breast per person tonight, but everyone wanted more. I should have fixed  a whole lot more of this tangy, succulent chicken dish. Simple but delicious! Baked Chicken Breasts with Tangy Breadcrumbs 4 boneless chicken breasts 1/2 cup high-quality mayonnaise, such as…

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Buttered Rice

Unlike most teens, my sons love Brussels sprouts, probably because several years ago we had a family Brussels sprouts challenge. I bought the vegetable every week during the winter and challenged myself to prepare them a different way each time. In the process, we came across some magical mixes. A surprising hit was this mixture…

Grilled Teriyaki Dove

On opening weekend of dove season, my 17-year-old son spent dawn and dusk shooting enough doves for dinner. We have the steadfast rule that whatever the kids shoot, they have to eat – which radically reduces their desire to shoot random vermin. In fact, this year was the first time my son ever shot anything….

Thai Yellow Curry Shrimp with Spinach & Carrots

Continuing my trend of eating healthfully and using up leftover wine, I created this delicious curry dish featuring fresh shrimp, spinach, and carrots. Though it takes a few moments extra to peel and grate the carrots, their rich flavor is worth the extra trouble. Cooking tip: use Gulf shrimp, not farm raised. Serve the curry…

Rosemary Chicken with Garlic & White Wine

We had a party this past weekend that left us with several opened but unfinished bottles of wine. Rather than pouring that ambrosia down the drain, I decided that this week’s challenge was to cook with it rather than waste it. This baked chicken dish is easy to assemble yet is packed with fresh flavor….

Ceviche Tostadas

For the last week, the temperature has wavered between 105° and 110° and it’s way too hot to eat heavy meals. Tonight I prepared a light, refreshing dinner featuring raw marinated fish on pre-made tostada shells. To prepare this dish properly, be sure to purchase high-quality sushi-grade fish. Ceviche Tostadas 1/2 pound sushi-grade tuna, mahi…