Thursday, June 24, 2021

At the Table

In general, I make notes on every recipe I make, whether it's in one of my many cookbooks, or on a recipe printed off from the web. Usually it gets dated, and possibly a short comment; but always, always, if it's worth making again, it also gets a star. And if it's REALLY good, it gets two stars! That's my system. Most of the recipes listed below got two-stars, and we've enjoyed them multiple times. 

Though I haven't been as good about sharing them here, I've continued to try lots of new recipes during the pandemic 'stay-home' time, and even as things have begun to open up. Here are some of our current favorites:

Smitten Kitchen

  • Kale Salad with Percorino and Walnuts - I know. Kale, right? But something about this mix has had me hooked, and I've made it more times than I can count. 
  • Simple Cauliflower Tacos - Another big surprise. Cauliflower + Tacos had never before been in our vocabulary. But in an effort to go meatless more often, we happened upon this keeper. Plus, it's quick and fun to make.
  • Homesick Texan Carnitas - Yeah, not every night is meatless, and this recipe is so easy and so tasty, plus always seems to provide leftovers to share or enjoy another night.

Fine Cooking

  • Rainbow Chard with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, and Basil - If there's one food I've incorporated more into our meal plans that I'd never had before, it's rainbow chard. It's a new favorite vegetable, and this recipe is a simple one to tweak depending on what you have on hand. (Also good with bacon, a little onion, or golden raisins or currants.)

NYT Cooking

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Tik Tok Baked Feta Pasta - You've seen this one I'm sure. It was all over my Instagram feed for a while, and I finally just had to try it. And it was GOOD. Worth a try, for sure.

Half Baked Harvest

And maybe these didn't get two stars; but one for sure, and we'll make them again. We love a wedge salad and these both were really enjoyable variations.

So, sorry I'm not a very good food photographer, and honestly, I forgot to take many food photos lately; but trust me, all these recipes are good ones! Be sure and tell us in the comments about any new favorites you're found!


  1. I think your food photography is fine! I'm hungry already!
    Your Rainbow chard ideas are delicious with pine nuts, Parmesan.... and maybe raisins or currents, perfect summer recipes, thanks for sharing.

  2. ok now I'm hungry. I've been in a cooking rut lately. I need to change things up

  3. I don't know how I heard about the Homesick Texan but I have her queso book. My son and I have worked through the book slowly trying each queso recipe. Being from Texas, it's been quite fun. I've put your creamy bacon tortellini suggestion on my list for the next Dinner at Mom's (one week from Sunday). My son gets to invite his single guy friends to our house every other Sunday night for dinner. The only rule is that I try one new recipe each time. The guys think its hilarious because they never know what they'll get to try.