How about a little zing of citrus to brighten up a gray day? And if you need a treat, perhaps a pastry to end the meal.

lemons and cilantro

Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Vinegar-braised pork chops (or chicken thighs); Napa cabbage slaw with ginger dressing
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-lime fish tacos or lemon chicken breasts with rice and spinach/sorrel salad
  • Need a Miracle: Salad from the salad bar with homemade lemon/olive oil dressing; lemon-berry tarts from the bakery

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks as her watch.

James Beard






Spring is coming. Really. So put some heft in your dinner and clear out the winter blues.


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Composed Winter Salad with Whole Grain Bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Kale & Arugula Salad with Citrus Dressing and Raincoast Crisps
  • Need a Miracle: Prepared Broccoli Slaw over Greens (bagged, ready to eat) with Sesame Dressing

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Prompt Recap: February 15, 2015

Missed a day or looking for help in planning the week ahead? Here’s a recap of last week’s dinner prompts:

Quick: Dinner on the table, without much delay

Pepperpalooza July 2014Recipe Links

Lean: Something clean and fresh to end the day

cabbage May 2014Recipe Links

Fruity: Something lightly acidic and lively

blackberries june 2014Recipe Links

Wine: Something with softness that carries through the meal

red wineRecipe Links

Bewitching: Something mesmerizing and memorable; flavor that lingers

corn maze afternoonRecipe Links

Orange: Something warm and colorful with a sweet citrus twist

orangesRecipe Links

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warm, colorful, cheery, bright

root vegetable farm cart
Food Ideas
Orange-braised ribs, fried eggs, chicken stir fry, shredded vegetable salad, lemon curd with berries
Seasoning Ideas
citrus juice (or zest), soy, ginger

Recipe links

Need more inspiration? Here are some ideas to keep you believing summer will come, from Pug in the Kitchen

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman