Messy

Think a sandwich isn’t enough for dinner? How about sandwiches that require knife and fork to eat:

hungry


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Croque Monsieur
  • Weeknight Reality: Bratwurst Hoagies or Sloppy Joes
  • Need a Miracle: Patty Melt or Fried Egg Sandwich

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“… [I]n general I think people have very complicated reasons for wanting things, and we often have no idea whether we’re actually motivated by altruism or a desire to hook up or a search for answers or what. I always get annoyed when in books or movies characters want clear things for clear reasons, because my experience of humanness is that I always want messy things for messy reasons.”

John Green

Prompt Recap: March 8, 2015

Missed a day or want a full set of ideas in one place? Here are six prompts to help you make it through the week, whether you have plenty of time to cook or need a miracle nightly. Click the one word prompt to go to the full set of ideas and recipe links.

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Pinkgrapefruit

  • Love to Cook: Broiled Bourbon Salmon with Black Rice and Parsley Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Arugula and Citrus Salad with Poached Salmon
  • Need a Miracle: Store-bought Fresh Linguini with Butter & Pink Peppercorns; Green Salad with Strawberries

Gingerbaby ginger

  • Love to Cook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken with Watercress Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Stir-Fried Ginger/Lime Shrimp with Sticky Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Ginger Broccoli Chicken

 


Roughagelettuce

  • 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

SpiritedHendricks

  • Love to Cook: Jerk Chicken with Rum Glaze
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Tacos
  • Need a Miracle: Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Braised in Beer

 


Romanticromantic

  • Love to Cook: Sole Meunière with Roast Fingerling Potatoes & Herb Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Scallops in White Wine with Wild Rice Blend & Haricots Verts
  • Need a Miracle: Crab Cakes (from the grocery deli) over Spring Mix; Salted Caramel Gelato

Ciaociao

  • Love to Cook: Polenta with a rich ragù; escarole salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Wide egg noodles with simple meat sauce; spring greens with lemon & olive oil
  • Need a Miracle: Fresh pasta (from the deli) tossed with garlic, olive oil and a can of baby clams; greens with Italian dressing

Ciao

If your snowy landscape turned sunny today, cook something with an Italian flair to say ciao to the warming trend in hopes that it will last.

ciao

Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Polenta with a rich ragù and escarole salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Wide egg noodles with simple meat sauce; spring greens with lemon & olive oil
  • Need a Miracle: Fresh pasta (from the deli) tossed with garlic, olive oil and a can of baby clams; greens with Italian dressing

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“There is no technique, there is just the way to do it. Now, are we going to measure or are we going to cook?”

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

Romantic

Cozy up over dinner that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside

romantic


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Sole Meunière with Roast Fingerling Potatoes & Herb Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Scallops in White Wine with Wild Rice Blend & Haricots Verts
  • Need a Miracle: Crab Cakes (from the grocery deli) over Spring Mix; Salted Caramel Gelato

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

Oscar Wilde

Spirited

Time to cook something with an extra kick to keep you warm through this (hopefully) last blast of winter

Hendricks


Food Ideas:

  • Love to Cook: Jerk Chicken with Rum Glaze
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Tacos
  • Need a Miracle: Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Braised in Beer

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Albert Einstein

 

Roughage

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

lettuce


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

Ginger

Something sharply sweet and zingy hot


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken with Watercress Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Stir-Fried Ginger/Lime Shrimp with Sticky Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Ginger Broccoli Chicken

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

” ‘E’s all ‘ot sand an’ ginger when alive, / An’ ‘e’s generally shammin’ when ‘e’s dead.”

Rudyard Kipling

Pink

Something equally strong and delicate

grapefruit


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Broiled Bourbon Salmon with Black Rice and Parsley Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Arugula and Citrus Salad with Poached Salmon
  • Need a Miracle: Store-bought Fresh Linguini with Butter & Pink Peppercorns; Green Salad with Strawberries

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn

 

Prompt Recap: March 1, 2015

Missed a day or want a full set of ideas in one place? Here are six prompts to help you make it through the week, whether you have plenty of time to cook or need a miracle nightly. Click the one word prompt to go to the full set of ideas and recipe links.

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Garlic Something stout and pungent to ward off evil spirits

garlic

  • Love to Cook: Whole Roast Chicken; Aioli with Roasted Vegetables
  • Weeknight Reality: Garlic Shrimp with Linguini (or Beans)
  • Need a Miracle: Grazing Platter with Olives, Dried Salami, Garlic Hummus, Garlic & Herb Boursin Cheese, Crackers & Fresh Vegetables

BrothWarm savory liquid, stocked with goodness and flavor

Italian Wedding Soup

  • Love to Cook: Italian Wedding Soup; Whole Grain Peasant Loaf
  • Weeknight Reality: Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup with Cheese Toasts
  • Need a Miracle: Minestrone (from the grocery deli); Take-and-Bake Garlic Bread

 


CreamSomething rich and soft, well-blended

cream

  • Love to Cook: Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce; Braised Leeks
  • Weeknight Reality: Sautéed Beef Tips with Creamed Spinach, or Baked Eggs with Herbed Cream
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Kebabs (store-bought); Berries with Fresh Whipped Cream

ContrastSomething with sharply contrasting but complementary flavors or colors

Swiss chard 2014

  • Love to Cook: “Christmas” Enchiladas or Burritos (alternating red and green chile)
  • Weeknight Reality: Bow-Tie Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce; Swiss Chard Salad with Dried Fruit
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Hot Wings with Celery and Blue Cheese Dressing

 


MintSomething bright and clean with a clear finish

mint

  • Love to Cook: Lamb Kebabs with Mint Pesto
  • Weeknight Reality: Spring Rolls with Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Salad with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for Dessert

 


Toast Something warm with a crisp edge

toast

  • Love to Cook: Brioche French Toast with Maple Syrup and Grilled Sausage
  • Weeknight Reality: Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Avocado on Toasted English Muffins
  • Need a Miracle: Toasted French Bread Slices with Deli Platter (Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Fig Jam & Arugula, etc.)

 


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Garlic

Something stout and pungent to ward off evil spirits

garlic


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Whole Roast Chicken; Aioli with Roasted Vegetables
  • Weeknight Reality: Garlic Shrimp with Linguini (or Beans)
  • Need a Miracle: Grazing Platter with Olives, Dried Salami, Garlic Hummus, Garlic & Herb Boursin Cheese, Crackers & Fresh Vegetables

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Well loved he garleek, oynons, and eek lekes. And for to drinken strong wyn, reed as blood.”

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales