My husband has been on a diet. Sitting at a desk most of the day catches up with you when you least expect it, right? When we returned from Italy this summer, he decided he was going to do something about it, paying close attention […]
I cook such a wide variety of dishes and flavors from a seemingly crazy selection of recipes, that as much as you’d think I’d be satisfied with regard to food — I’m not. Good thing I’m the cook, right? Otherwise, that would sound truly ungrateful. […]
I have a tendency to skip the sections in food magazines like “Quick Kitchen” in Gourmet, or “Too Busy to Cook” in Bon Appetit. I look at the photos, am sometimes mildly curious, then realize there’s nothing to do. What is that? Do I long for the torture that inventive recipes sometimes entail?
Who knows, but recently a photo of steak simply displayed on a plate caught my eye. Steak with Olives somehow got past my filter, bothering me each time I thumbed through the April issue of Gourmet until I finally gave in, realizing it was an easy way to make my husband’s suggestion for a sunny weekend “Summer’s Here” celebratory dinner come to fruition.
He said he was in the mood for a fruity drink, and this is a person who doesn’t normally drink. His comment of, “You know, margaritas…” was heard, but I’d seen something about Bellinis somewhere and had white peaches on the brain.
And I’d seen the Steak with Olives for days and days, okay, months…scoffing at me from the magazine pages, challenging me each time I searched for something more interesting. I was winning until I found the rib eyes on sale at my grocery store. Nothing stimulates my brain like steak, a sale, and gorgeous weather.
Suffice it to say I’ll look more closely at those “quickie” recipes from now on. They’re a great springboard for other things–like the other recipe I saw for Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus with Parmesan.
I’m on a a tomato pepper kick right now, so thanks for your patience. It’s partly because of the weather, and partly because when I go to the store, I buy too much produce, and then have to make sure it gets used instead of […]