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Restaurants Restaurants

I remember this night about a year ago, having dinner in one of my favorite restaurants in Capitol Hill. I remember the exact table where we sat, my husband and I, on a date night, while we were examining the menu and planning our meal. Everything sounded tasty and good. We wanted to try almost […]

Detox – 21 days Detox – 21 days

The 21 days of Detox are officially over. How do I feel? I feel great. So much better than what I had felt in the past few months, maybe even more than a year… I can’t remember. I lost about 10 lbs. and I feel much lighter. My skin is cleaner and relaxed. My achy […]

Leftovers dinner in 10 minutes Leftovers dinner in 10 minutes

OK, I’ll be honest with you, it only felt like it took 10 minutes when in fact it took about 20 minutes. Or maybe 18 min (20 min – 2 minutes I took to tell/yell at the kids over and over to go wash hands before dinner.) But it felt like 10… And it was goooood—my […]

Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock

A glorious blue morning*. The greyish-blue hue on the white blinds pulled me outside with camera in hand to capture this photo. Back in the kitchen, still wearing my PJ, I poured myself a cup of coffee and then filled a pot with water, enough to cover some chicken bones, leftovers from last night’s roasted […]

3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals! 3 dinners in one, or 1 predictable dish = 3 meals!

Some dishes, I think, are just too predictable, too obvious to even be mentioned to others—“Hey! Guess what I cooked today?”—and certainly they are not to be blogged about! Talk about roasted chicken. Or even braised chicken. They just seem to be too… (Fill in the blank), because I/we assume that everyone knows how to […]

How to roast a chicken How to roast a chicken

  When I started writing this blog about 2.5 years ago, I didn’t know what a blog was. I started it only as a way to keep in touch with some parents who had attended a session I gave about kids and food, picky eaters, and planning a weekly dinner menu (something that I have […]

Chicken braised with cream and tarragon Chicken braised with cream and tarragon

Chicken with cream and tarragon… I believe I was a B.A student the last time I made this dish. Pheeeww, that was a long time ago! How can it be that I let 10-15 years slip by without cooking this divine dish? Jeez. I was cooking a lot of French and Italian dishes back then, my early […]

Cholent, a 15+ hours Shabbat stew (a.k.a Hamin, Chamin) Cholent

I must tell you about this stew. Because even if you believe that you will never ever make it, you must know of its existence!!! And so, you will make a conscious, knowledgeable decision whether you make it or not. I don’t want the responsibility lying on my shoulders knowing that (some of) you are […]

Matzo balls soup Matzo balls soup

I was behind to join Twitter, behind with setting up a “fan” page on Facebook (mostly because I dislike to use the word “fan”, but do go and visit me there for updates, OK?), and then behind with making matzo balls… Technology-wise, I wonder, is it an age “thing” that I’m so behind? But matzo […]

Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup

I have already compared my glamorous suburban life to meatballs before. So what else is left to say? Do you like chicken? Do you like meatballs? Do you like cheese in your chicken meatballs? Oh, oh, I know, do you like a crusty bottom on your meatballs? ‘Cause these little guys have nice crusty bottoms, and […]

Invest in stock Chicken stock

We need to have a serious talk. To make it easier, I’ll start with the bottom line: “Any lousy chicken stock you will make at home will taste far superior to ANY store-bought stock or broth you will buy.” Now, let me tell you something. The last time I made chicken stock was about 3-4 […]

Glamorous life Baked Chicken Meatballs

Sometimes I feel as glamorous as a chicken meatball. Ehhh, let me explain. Where should I begin? Maybe from the end. Yes, the end. That’s was when I heard the sweet sound of the word “yummy”. It came out of the mouth of a sweet, but stubborn, and picky, little boy, who mostly likes to […]

Chicken soup for my soul Chicken soup for my soul

I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater. So what is chicken soup doing here? Well, I’m not so much an adventurous home cook anymore. I blame it on the kids. I’m just kidding. A little.

Crispy legs Crispy chicken legs

What makes a home a home? A home is a place where you are supposed to feel loved and safe. A lot of factors contribute to that. I believe that food and family meals play a big, big role in it too. It’s not always easy to do, your kids might be picky and give you […]

Cooking from the hip Chicken Schnitzel

How does your cooking for dinner routine look like? Are you cooking something quickly at home? Do you stop by the drive-thru? Are you being creative and playing with the food or are you stuck in a rut (like me, lately)? Are you cooking by yourself or maybe with your kids? Or are you one […]

Gourmet meatloaf Rustic French Meatloaf

What I love about meatloaf are two things: 1) it’s a great way to stretch 1-2 pounds of meat into a dish enough for 6-8 people (like they did in the old days), and 2) it’s a simple dish to make and very comforting to eat. This recipe for French meatloaf in Gourmet magazine (April 2009  […]

Leftovers: Creamy Orecchiette with Roasted Vegetables, Chicken, and Leafy Greens Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, Chicken, and Leafy Greens

Whenever I manage to create a beautiful dish out of leftovers, I think about my grandmothers. Strong, hard working, stubborn and resourceful women (I got those genes), they could cook something great out of anything. (I got those genes too!) Back in the old days there was no such thing as throwing food away. I […]

Home-Made Food is the Best! Roasted Delicately-Lemony Chicken

We’re back from vacation in sunny California. San Diego and Los Angeles, to be more precise. They are blessed with warm sunny weather in the winter, but you just wait until spring and summer come back to Microsoft-land and you’ll see that it is the most beautiful place to be when a lot of people […]

Chicken Liver with Cinnamon and Apples Chicken Liver with Cinnamon and Apples

When I was a child – which was a long time ago, but not THAT long ago – my grandma used to make chicken soup and there were chicken feet, and a throat, in the soup. And I remember my mom, who didn’t cook very often, cooking a cow’s tongue from time to time. Yeah, […]

What ingredients are in this dish? What ingredients are in this dish?

Can you guess what is this dish? The winner who will guess correctly will get the recipe! UPDATE: I’m joking, of course. Everyone will see the recipe… I don’t mean to annoy you with silly questions. Really. There’s a point to all this, I promise. But before I reveal the answer, tell me, does this […]

Amazing, but simple, Chicken Wrap Amazing, but simple, Chicken Wrap

This is sunny food. But, you might say, it’s almost winter. So, I say, wait for a sunny winter day, turn the heat on, seat by a window, take a deep breath, take a bite, and imagine it is summer. Or don’t wait for a sunny day, because you could end up waiting for a […]

Balsamic and Sweet Roasted Chicken Balsamic and Sweet Roasted Chicken

I love Giada De Laurentis’s idea of adding balsamic vinegar to chicken marinade (isn’t she pretty?). In her new cookbook “Giada’s kitchen”, she has a recipe for sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks using this vinegar. I liked the idea but I changed the recipe (quite a bit). I thought she put too much sugar and […]

Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner

Our friends, the M. family, cook chicken every Friday. What a great idea! I used to drive myself crazy thinking what to cook for dinner every Friday. We like to have a nice dinner to celebrate the end of the week and beginning of the weekend. So, I embraced their idea and was looking for […]

A little bit of this, a little bit of that - Improvising dinner Chicken breasts, Ginger-scented rice, Haricot vert

And there you have it. A photo of raw chicken breasts on an indoor grill… eh, not the most exciting photo, you might say, but hey, this is real life… Some days I have no idea what I am going to make for dinner. Most nights I hardly have any time to cook. Dinner tonight […]

jamie’s dinners by Jamie Oliver Jamie's tender and crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes

(The photo is copied from Jamie Oliver’s web site and apears in his cookbook, Jamie’s dinners). My friend T. brought me this cookbook for my birthday. I cooked Oliver’s recipes in the past and didn’t go crazy for them because of their simplicity – they don’t call him The Naked Chef for nothing (In case […]

Leftovers: Roasted Chicken Leftovers: Roasted Chicken

(Yes, that’s purple potato.) (And, yes, I know it’s a scary photo. My husband says to remove the photo from the post, but I think this is the whole idea – it is a leftover picture and that’s what leftovers look like, right?!). People sometimes ask me for ideas on what to do with leftovers. […]

Roasted chicken with orange-mustard marinade, yellow jasmine rice, steamed broccoli Roasted chicken with orange-mustard marinade, yellow jasmine rice, steamed broccoli

I know this photo is not pretty either, but there was no time for food styling. I had 20 minutes to make dinner and 5 minutes to take a picture before it was dinner time. But this is another easy meal to make. My kind of food – very home style, simple to make, and […]

Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

This photo is not the prettiest, I know, but dinner was sooo delicious, AND this is the easiest meal on earth to prepare! AND, kids love it too. It’s a win-win. Whole Roasted Chicken with Chardonnay-Tarragon Sauce Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 1 whole chicken, about 4 lb. 3 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup […]

Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta Chicken thighs, Israeli couscous, steamed cauliflower, and salad with feta

This dinner can be prepared in 20 minutes if you are quick and efficient in the kitchen. If you are not, you know what I say: 1) take a cooking class, and 2) the more you cook, the better you get. Makes 4-6 servings For the chicken: 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 teaspoon paprika […]