Category Archives: main courses

Mac & cheese with a panko crust

Today’s post will be fast and dirty, because my brother-in-law Steve requested this recipe and I leave tomorrow morning for Portland, Oregon. We served this mac and cheese to Steve and his family a few days ago. I made a … Continue reading

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Sweet and spicy corn & chicken chowder

Luke and I flew to New Hampshire last week for a brief family visit. My sister Jul and her family were kind enough to let us and our parents all stay at their house. Jul made some seriously tasty dinners, … Continue reading

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Tomato-pesto grilled cheese

  A fast lunch with summer’s bounty: just-picked tomatoes and homemade pesto. I grew up eating grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. Luke is a huge pesto fan; his go-to snack or quick lunch is grilled cheese with pesto-slathered bread. The … Continue reading

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Spicy chicken lettuce wraps

Did I mention we have air conditioning now? I guess I didn’t need to; I’m sure everyone heard our sighs of relief from many miles away. Our new air conditioner is not lowering the temperature to arctic levels, thank goodness. … Continue reading

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Turkey meatballs with parmesan

Tom loves meatballs. I’m not a fan of ground beef. But when we work together, beautiful things happen. Beautiful things like these orbs of deliciousness you see above. You might expect meatballs made with turkey to be bland and dry, … Continue reading

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Pasta with spicy peanut sauce

Our house does not have air conditioning. (Yes, Wisconsin does get hot —sometimes downright steamy — in the summer.) Most of the time this is manageable, since we are shaded by the many trees on our property, but keeping the … Continue reading

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Roasted red pepper soup, for Laurie

Our friend Laurie is at home recuperating from a tonsillectomy, OD’ing on popsicles and Jell-O. Solid food is distant on the horizon. Feel better soon, Laurie! I thought something savory might be a welcome break, but it needed to be … Continue reading

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Lemon-dijon chicken with scallion cream

Saturday night, Tom and I met friends at the Indian Crossing Casino to hear Otis and the Alligators, a great blues band. As far as I know, the Casino has never lived up to its name in the gambling sense. … Continue reading

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Asparagus, bacon, and ricotta tart

So often, our dinners are inspired simply by what’s in the house. At the moment, that’s asparagus, bacon, and a batch of homemade ricotta. Normally that would result in 1) pasta, or 2) risotto, or maybe 3) quiche, but I was … Continue reading

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Spinach, prosciutto and olive pizza

We’re fairly openminded diners, the three of us, but each of us has a small list of foods we’re not overjoyed to eat. I’m not a big fan of ground beef or sweet-and-sour anything; Luke avoids onions, mayonnaise, and all … Continue reading

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