Chicken Cutlets with Mustard-Cream Sauce

Wednesday afternoon. Last to-do: pick up some Chardonnay to serve with chicken cutlets, steamed rice, and broccoli. Kai the husky was riding shotgun, his preference any time a car door is open. Sometimes he even settles behind the steering wheel, and I have to flat out tell him he can’t drive. We had just left the…

Skillet Burgers

You do know how much better homemade burgers taste if you wrap them in squares of waxed paper and let them sit for a few minutes before serving, right? Cook the seasoned beef (I like ground bison) patties in a skillet filmed with vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Turn to brown both sides. Cover with…

Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes

My favorite kind of Saturday night is spent at home sharing a good meal and a good movie with my husband. That good meal last night was this, a recipe published by Real Simple magazine and available by clicking here. Please, go now and print it on paper, then tuck it into the fire-proof box…

Twenty-seven Hats (and Honey-Mustard Chicken)

After my mother died several years ago, there were 10,000 details to attend to. I’ll tell you right now, it ain’t easy figuring out how to stop an electronically-drafted pension issued from a foreign country through an unknown entity based on employment 55 years earlier by a company that had no record of my mother…

Salmon with Kale and Cabbage

I must have been sorting socks when the kale bandwagon rolled by. I missed the whole arc, from common vegetable to decorative winter landscape plant to foodstuff so pervasive that Time magazine suggests banning kale as a word in 2015. (Personally, I would have voted for the word, “So,” in its overuse as the intro…

Halloween 2014 Wrap-Up

Halloween is a Big Deal in my neighborhood. I bought 30 pounds of chocolate candy last week and prayed it would be enough for an expected 350-400 trick-or-treaters. And I prayed harder as temptation caused the chocoholics in my household (in other words, everybody) to dip into the supply again and again. Pretty soon, 27…

Stir-fried Chicken

Macy hopes gravity will prevail. ♦ ♦ ♦ You’re going to want to cook this on your next bad day. I did. I was glad this recipe was in my arsenal last week, because good food shared with loved ones can take the sting out of most bad days. This chicken dish is delicious and requires little thinking,…

Chunk of Chuck, Two Ways

I joined the throngs of Arkansans at grocery stores last Wednesday, stocking up on foodstuffs before sleet and ice would make travel impossible for a whole (ahem) day and a half. We Southerners are wired as a people to respond to inclement weather by buying chunks of meat and making chili, stew, and pot roast….

Turkey Day Prep

This book is a great guide, especially if you read it before Thanksgiving. ♦ ♦ ♦ Some thoughts on Thanksgiving before I head to the grocery store with my massive shopping list two days before the U.S. Kitchen Olympics, along with all the other hordes of cooks who should’ve planned better. Do as I say, not as…