Colorful

Lively up yourself with a colorful plate of spring freshness. From beet-dyed eggs (changes the color, not the taste) to tandoori chicken or sweet pepper stir fry, a bright plate will give your spirits a lift.

beet eggs 2014


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Leek soup, turmeric chicken, carrot salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Beef (or chicken) stir fry
  • Need a Miracle: Packaged kale salad with added dried fruits, nuts and shredded red cabbage, served with a multigrain loaf and soft butter
  • BONUS: if you’ve got leftover hardboiled eggs, try making beet-pickled deviled eggs for an appetizer

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”

Jack Kerouac, On the Road (via goodreads)

Prompt Recap: April 5, 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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Asparagusasparagus 2015

  • Love to Cook: Asparagus-Gruyere tart (or galette) with an asparagus-mint salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Roasted asparagus with grilled lemon chicken (or fish) and fresh herb salad OR pasta with asparagus
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled cheese with asparagus pesto (it’s easier than you think) and a green salad

Dandeliondandelion greens

  • Love to Cook: Pan-fried or grilled fish with dandelion salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Pasta with sausage and dandelion greens
  • Need a Miracle: Dandelion salad with Parmesan & poached eggs

 


Fennelfennel

  • Love to Cook: Pork roast (or fish) with roasted (or grilled) fennel
  • Weeknight Reality: Roasted sausage (or potatoes) with fennel
  • Need a Miracle: Fennel slaw, topped with shredded chicken or boiled eggs

 


Eggsthe incredible edible egg

  • Love to Cook: Eggs Florentine with a spring green salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Shakshuka with warm pita bread
  • Need a Miracle: Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and goat cheese, served with cinnamon toast

 


Halibuthalibut

  • Love to Cook: French-style fish stew (bouillabaisse, Bourride) with an arugula salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Halibut fish & chips
  • Need a Miracle: Pan-fried halibut with raw or lightly steamed spring vegetables

 


Mushrooms

  • Love to Cook: Homemade mushroom ravioli with goat cheese sauce; spring herb salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Chicken and mushrooms over angel hair pasta; spring salad
  • Need a Miracle: Marinated mushrooms (from the grocery bar) roughly chopped, tossed with goat cheese and herbs and served on brioche toast OR grilled cheese with a spinach/raw mushroom salad

Parting Thought

If you must hate, if hatred is the leaven of your life, which alone can give flavor, then hate what should be hated: falsehood, violence, selfishness.

Ludwig Börne (1786–1837), The Eternal Jew

 

Spiral

Foods that have a spiral shape can hold different flavors together in one meal.

pasta swirls


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Spiral sliced ham with orange maple glaze; cornmeal biscuits; honeydew melon spirals
  • Weeknight Reality: Fusilli with goat cheese & toasted pine nuts; grapefruit salad with kale chiffonade
  • Need a Miracle: Turkey, spinach and brie wraps, cut into spirals

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping.”

Julia Margaret Cameron

Prompt Recap: March 15, 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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Cleanwhite radishes

  • Love to Cook: Steam (or broil or grill) some fresh fish and serve with watercress, arugula & radish salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Make an entree salad with white beans, radishes and spring greens; top with poached chicken, steamed fish or soft-boiled eggs
  • Need a Miracle: Make a quick Salade Niçoise using canned tuna and steam-in-the-bag green beans

Messyhungry

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

 


Composedcomposed

  • Love to Cook: Seared tuna, roasted spring vegetables and fresh spring greens, plated individually
  • Weeknight Reality: Composed Cobb salad platter (use rotisserie chicken if you’re in a hurry)
  • Need a Miracle: Greek platter with items purchased from the grocery bar or take-out Mediterranean restaurant

 


Mashedrefried beans and greens

  • Love to Cook: Refried red beans, chopped cilantro, onion and avocado on fresh tortillas (or corn cakes)
  • Weeknight Reality: Mashed cauliflower, oven roasted asparagus, pan-fried pork chops
  • Need a Miracle: Mashed potato bar and Caesar salad (use take-out mashed potatoes, if you must; but you can make mashed potatoes from scratch in less than 30 minutes, really)

Breadbread

  • Love to Cook: Tuscan Ribollita (bread soup) with Meyer lemon gelato for dessert
  • Weeknight Reality: Panzanella (bread salad) with grilled or poached chicken
  • Need a Miracle: Take-and-bake Italian loaf with minestrone from the deli bar

 


3.1415pate brisee

  • Love to cook: Roasted root vegetable pie (or its upside-down cousin, tarte tatin), with or without meat
  • Weeknight reality: Quick shepherd’s pie
  • Need a miracle: Quiche from the deli counter

Bread

A little bread can go a long way when it’s used in the recipe and not just as a side dish.

bread


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Tuscan Ribollita with Meyer lemon gelato for dessert
  • Weeknight Reality: Panzanella with grilled or poached chicken
  • Need a Miracle: Take-and-bake Italian loaf with minestrone from the deli bar

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.”

Victor Hugo

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

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

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

 

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

Prompt Recap: February 22, 2015

Missed a day or looking for help in planning your week ahead? Here’s a recap of last week’s dinner prompts, including recipe links:


Cowboy: something feisty that brings out your fighting spirit

Scottsdale

 


Tossed: a jumble of flavors & textures that work well together

market cart

 


Pesto: something with a rich herb paste accompaniment

basil 2014

 


Celery: something green, earthy and grounding, with a promise of spring to come

True Vine celery

 


Fire: something with lingering warmth

Fire

 


Surf: something that helps you ride the waves of winter

oysters on the halfshell june 2014-Edit

 


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