HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


what was the last great thing you made?

WHat meal have you made recently that was truly sublime?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. poochie, my famous home-made pie consisting of a store bought crust and lemon jello pudding topped with Cool Whip. hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Don't know if you've been following another thread on homemade cooking.

    Sublime: a butternut squash & fresh shitake mushroom soup for lunch at the office. We have a small kitchen with a two burner electric. A friend and I got the soup prepped and going in 10 minutes: cut up and sauteed leek and mushroom (both farm fresh and grown by my buddy), added broth and cut up potatoes and squash. Blitzed with a handheld and added cream at the end. Served with sprinkle of chili flakes and fresh ground black pepper on top of each bowl. Fun because the 10 minutes were a flurry of peeling, chopping, sauteeing, and tossing things together. Served with bread. It all came together--super, but super simple, but good. Farm fresh makes a difference.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      oh my god-just reading this is sublime. and yes-i saw that too....

    2. Steak on the grill. First outside meal in the warm weather this year. First time I've had steak in over a year. NY Strip with sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and garlic. Served with corn on the cob and veggie kabobs, also grilled.

      1. Fried baby artichokes with only salt and lemon....

        3 Replies
        1. re: tallullah

          Sweet and Sour Beef Brisket for passover, mashed potatoes and green beans-fantastic.

          1. re: kai27

            Where did u get this recipe????

            1. re: kai27

              I would love that recipe. Thanks.

          2. Garbanzo beans stirfried with onions and mushrooms, then doused in tomato sauce. Cooked until crispy.

            Side of roasted eggplant topped with roasted pepper, kalamata olive, and onion mixture.

            5 Replies
            1. re: graffitipassion

              Great question! I recently made Ina Garden's Mushroom Lasagna... what put it over the top is that SO made fresh Lasagna noodles... it was EXCELLENT...



              1. re: Dommy

                Mine was also mushroom lasagna, but I used Marcella's recipe (and also used fresh lasagna noodles, but I bought them). Amazing.

                1. re: JasmineG

                  In what book? I still have to try her Green Lasagna recipe that I have in my copy of Marcellas Kitchen. :)


                  1. re: Dommy

                    It's from Essentials, it's Mushroom and Ham lasagna, but I eliminated the ham. It was fantastic!

                    1. re: JasmineG

                      Thanks! I'll have to give it a shot! :)


            2. fresh gummy shark fillets (caught an hour before by Mr pg). quickly douse fillets in seasoned flour (salt, pepper and finely minced fresh lime zest)and quickly fry in hothothot oil. Served with caper mayo and tomato and basil salad (both still slightly warm from the vine of my neighbour)

              So not really "made".. more "threw all the stuff together" but simply deevine on a warm summer evening.

              (oh, the mayo.. I made the mayo)

              1 Reply
              1. re: purple goddess

                great idea-lime in the flour! sounds fabulous!

              2. Crab and asparagus soup w/ tofu. It was pretty quick to whip up, but tasted like I'd been slaving over the pot all day.

                1. Comfort food by the BUCKETT!!!
                  Chicken & sausage gumbo with steamed rice, green chili cornbread, boiled crawfish, and pecan pie...... for 35!!!

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Carpenter Dave

                    That's it, I'm going to Dave's house for Easter. Screw the ham. I want Gumbo!

                  2. mozzarella stuffed meatballs and Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce :)

                    1. Purple Goddess's Nannie's potatoes in duck fat from the thread linked below. Simply amazing. Served with steamed asparagus and some thin slices of a lovely smoky ham we are working on. Fairly basic simple meal but it really sang.


                      1. Chicken thighs browned in a little bacon grease, then roasted with tomatoes and cannellini beans.
                        Bacon makes everything better :-)

                        1. Risotto with lemon, scallops and watercress. Nice and light for a warm evening.

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: QueenB

                            Oh gosh, and how could I have forgotten the blackberry cobbler for dessert? Made with over a pound of fresh blackberries I bought at Costco for five bucks. Awesome with a dip of vanilla ice cream.

                          2. Argentine beef patties on the grill. Half ground strip steak, half ground chuck, addding salt & cayenne to the mixture.

                            "Dressing" was red wine vinegar, olive oil, more cayenne, crushed garlic, oregano & fresh parsley. We make these often in the summer & last Saturday was the first time we made them this year. Grilled baby zuccini in tequila marinade and grilled rosemary redskin potatoes on the side. All very simple, no mess, & VERY tasty. Served with an Argentine Malbec.

                            Reminds me of great weather.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: LMT

                              Did you put chimichurra sauce over it???? Heavenly!

                              1. re: xnyorkr

                                Yeah, that's what I meant by "dressing"...couldn't think of the name at the time I made the post. So easy, yet sooo good.

                            2. Giada's salmon recipe.

                              The shark sounds yummy, too!

                              1. A few days ago--Bhunnae Pyaz ka Dahi Murgh which is a chicken curry with lots of yogurt and caramelized onions from Neelam Batra's 1,000 Indian Recipes cookbook(I didn't follow the recipe exactly and adjusted the spices to suit myself.)

                                Yesterday--A Persian inspired chicken and squash koresht(stew) that included lots of herbs(mainly parsley, a fair amount of dried fenugreek leaf, some cilantro, basil, and a little mint.)

                                2 Replies
                                  1. re: poochie

                                    That's my favorite Indian cookbook. Maybe not the best first Indian cookbook because there's not a lot of information on technique and no photos, but if you have some knowledge of Indian cooking it's a great book. I favor cookbooks with large numbers of recipes, and this one certainly provides that with recipes from all over India. I do tend to adjust the spicing, but I do that with all my Indian cookbooks.

                                    Just to clarify, the Persian style koresht I made didn't come from the Batra cookbook, although there are some Parsi recipes in that book.

                                1. Sweet potato cakes with shiitakes, with a side of garlic spinach. We were picking at them while they were still in the pan, and the leftovers didn't last long.

                                  1. Made a salad last night that tasted great to me - and this is coming from a person who hates salads but had to make one for a visiting friend who loves them. Tossed some endive, frisee and baby spinach with a dressing of sherry vinegar, olive oil and honey Dijon, and added toasted almonds, pomegranate seeds, parmesan shards, and blood orange slices.

                                    1. Pork roast. It was fabulous. Scored the skin, seasoned and roasted at 225 for about 8 hours. The skin and fat were cooked to perfection, and the roast was tender and moist. Made the most delicious gravy, too. Served simply with mashed potatoes, cabbage salad, butternut squash, rolls and baked apples. Had plenty of leftover pork, so I think we will use it to make pulled pork sandwiches later this week.

                                      1. Sunday night- Shrimp and Green Chile Bisque with Toasted Corn Relish
                                        It was a Bobby Flay recipe and was supposed to be made with lobster, but I can't bring myself to buy lobster, so I modified it quite a bit to be made with shrimp. Here is the original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/r... The honey at the end was really mind blowing! Oh, I also finally made successful biscuits after struggling with them before! These were from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. This meal put all my other meals to shame last week!

                                        1. enchiladas... the sauce just turned out so fabulous, was so glad i made a double batch! it was amazing with eggs the next morning.

                                          1. A Moghul Lamb Stew with Turnips from one of Madhur Jaffray's books. Terrific.

                                            1. Eggless whole wheat & cracked black pepper pasta
                                              Apple walnut flax muffins (vegan recipe)
                                              Curry stew, with no recipe
                                              Sweet potato ravioli (made with wonton skins)
                                              Tomato, portabello & fontina bruschetta
                                              Blackened salsa

                                              *I had a 'cooking' weekend* :D

                                              8 Replies
                                                1. re: DClope

                                                  Roast tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno & onion until blackened, then throw into a blender with fresh cilantro, lime juice and S&P. It's akin to the black salsa stuff they have at Baja Fresh, but much better :)

                                                2. re: hypertomatoes

                                                  hypertomatoes, would you be willing to post the recipe for the apple muffins? I've been looking for healthy breakfast options. Thanks!

                                                  1. re: ScarletB

                                                    I definitely will - the recipe is at home. I'll probably post it tomorrow. I also have a great whole wheat banana bread recipe, I'll post that too!

                                                    1. re: hypertomatoes

                                                      Thank you! I've been experimenting with zucchini bread and trying to make an ultra-healthy version. This last one came out pretty good, but very wet and a bit mushy. I used all ww pastry flour and a box of silken tofu to try and add protein to it. Other adjustments too, but I'm sure it's the tofu making it mushy. Anyway, it's not bad and I liked it toasted with pb for breakfast, so your other options sound great. Thanks so much for posting.

                                                      1. re: ScarletB

                                                        Here ya go -

                                                        Whole wheat apple walnut flax muffins

                                                        1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
                                                        1/4 cup ground flax meal
                                                        1/2 cup brown sugar
                                                        1/2 tsp salt
                                                        1 Tbsp baking powder
                                                        1 tsp cinnamon
                                                        1 tsp ground nutmeg
                                                        ground walnuts - 1/2 cup or as many as you like

                                                        1 cup soymilk (or regular)
                                                        1 cup orange juice
                                                        1 Tbsp vegetable oil
                                                        1.5 tsp vanilla
                                                        1 good apple, peeled, cored and chopped into small cubes (I used 1.5 apples for extra yummy)

                                                        Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin tins.
                                                        Mix dry ingredients in large bowl
                                                        Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl
                                                        Add wet to dry and mix well. Batter will be lumpy
                                                        Mix in chopped apples
                                                        Pour into muffin tins and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

                                                        Whole wheat banana pecan bread

                                                        2 cups whole wheat flour (or 1/2 WW, 1/2 AP)
                                                        1 tsp baking soda
                                                        1 tsp baking powder
                                                        2 eggs (or vegan egg substitute to equal)
                                                        1 cup sugar
                                                        4 very ripe bananas
                                                        1 tsp vanilla
                                                        1/2 cup vegetable oil
                                                        1 tsp cinnamon
                                                        handful of pecans (as many as you like)
                                                        a few good squirts of honey (maybe 1/4 cup)

                                                        Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cream eggs (or egg equivalent) and sugar - stir in bananas, vanilla, oil, cinnamon, pecans and honey. Add dry to wet, 1/3 at a time to combine. Bake in 2 9x5 pans for about an hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (I used 2 9x5 pans, but 1 would work as well - adjust baking time)

                                                        1. re: hypertomatoes

                                                          Thanks so much - they both sound great. The apple muffins are very healthy to boot. How many does the recipe make? Do you fill up the tins halfway or more? Thanks again.

                                                          1. re: ScarletB

                                                            I filled my muffin tins about 2/3 of the way, and the recipe made somewhere around 16, I think :)

                                                3. Smoky Pork Tinga Tacos from Rick Bayless' new Everyday Mexican.

                                                  Pork shoulder, chipotle, potatoes, onions, fire-roasted tomatoes wrapped up in a homemade flour tortilla with avocado slices and queso fresco.

                                                  Amazing. And very easy to prepare too, since the pork cooks in the slow-cooker for 6 hours.

                                                  1. Dinner last night (Tex-Mex Lamb Ribs with Cheese Grits from Epicurious) was mighty fine. Tonight, I'm making PG's potatoes in duck fat and have high expectations!

                                                    1. I made a killer veal ragu out of a breast of veal, of all things, served over some creamy/buttery/cheesy polenta and with roasted asparagus on the side. Each portion was a rib plus a good sized chunk of very tender meat. The bones added a really nice dimension to the sauce.

                                                      1. Roasted chickens (2 broilers), stuffed with lemon, rosemary and onion. The lemon gave a great flavor to the gravy for the red bliss mashed potatoes. Green beans. Simple and perfect. Leftover chicken went into a tamale pie.

                                                        1. Deborah Madison's "Tomato, fennel, and saffron stew" from "The Savory Way," with garlic mayonnaise. She describes it as a bouillabaise without the fish. So simple, so easy, and so much more than the sum of its parts! I love it when that happens.

                                                          8 Replies
                                                          1. re: AppleSister

                                                            oy vey! must have this recipe...i'm going to do a search!

                                                            1. re: lollya

                                                              I tried to link to a paraphrase of the recipe I put on my blog, but it got removed by Chowhound. Here is my paraphrase of Deborah Madison's recipe:

                                                              1.5 lbs red or yellow-fleshed potatoes
                                                              2 fennel bulbs
                                                              1 pound ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded, juice reserved or 2 cups whole canned tomatoes
                                                              3-4 T. virgin olive oil
                                                              1 large leek, white part only, finely diced
                                                              1 large yellow onion, cut into wedges 1/2 in. thick
                                                              2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
                                                              1 t. herbes de Provence
                                                              2-3 pinches of saffron threads
                                                              a large strip of orange zest, about 2 in. long
                                                              2 bay leaves
                                                              1 cup dry white wine
                                                              2 T. chopped parsley
                                                              12 Nicoise, Gaeta or oil-cured black olives, pitted

                                                              Peel the potatoes and slice them lengthwise into quarters or sixths. Trim the fennel and cut into wedges 1/2 in. thick. Cut the tomatoes into large, neat pieces.

                                                              Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes. Remove the potatoes but reserve the water.

                                                              Warm the olive oil in a wide pan and add the leek, onion, garlic, herbs, a little salt, saffron, orange zest and bay leaves. Cook slowly over medium heat until the onions soften, about 6 minutes. Add the wine and reduce by half. Add tomatoes, potatoes, fennel, half the parsley and olives. Pour in enough of the potato water to cover and bring to boil. Simmer covered for about 35 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Or preheat oven to 375, cover loosely, and bake for about 1 hour. Garnish with remaining parsley and garlic mayonnaise.

                                                              1. re: AppleSister

                                                                Ohhhhhhh Apple that sounds sublime to me..Thanks for the recipe. Did you find the need to garnish with the garlic mayo as suggested?? Sounds like it would be fine without to me..Just curious???

                                                                1. re: flipkeat

                                                                  It's great on its own, but the garlic mayonnaise really takes it over the top. Deborah Madison provides a garlic rouille recipe in the Savory Way, but I don't have a mortar and pestle that's big enough, so I used her mayonnaise recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and added the crushed garlic.

                                                                  1. re: AppleSister

                                                                    Thanks for the info Apple..willdo when I make it...

                                                                2. re: AppleSister

                                                                  could you be any sweeter? i searched and came up with a paraphrase, i wonder if it's from your blog...funny. Thank you so much. Will be making this! Does anyone have this mayo recipe?

                                                                  1. re: lollya

                                                                    Deborah Madison has several methods for making mayo, by hand, by food processor or by blender. What follows is the method by hand. It was much easier than I expected. I put the bowl on the counter on a coiled-up towel so it would stay stable while I whisked with one hand and dripped oil with the other. Honestly, I was so proud because the one other time I tried to make mayo, it was this disgusting harsh sludge, and I had so much of it.

                                                                    Whisk one egg yolk until it's thick, add one t. Dijon mustard, and 2-3 t. lemon juice or white wine vinegar. Whisk together. Add 3/4 c. peanut oil, in drops at first, while whisking, and then in a steady stream after it's started to thicken. Then add salt and lemon juice to taste. You can add extra virgin olive oil also at this point, to taste. I added 2 crushed garlic cloves.

                                                                    The rouille recipe she gives in "Savory Way" is slightly different, and uses light olive oil, with some olive oil at the end to thin it out. If you want it, I'll look it up when I get home.

                                                                    1. re: AppleSister

                                                                      oh sis! i trust your version! I AM SO MAKING THIS. gracias!

                                                            2. Saag paneer and basmati rice with pear chutney with dates and pecans. Mango lassis with buffalo milk yogurt to drink. Yum.

                                                              Oh, and this isn't a meal but I also made some cardamom cranberry walnut muffins with cinnamon sugar that were delish. Served those for breakfast with scrambled eggs and an assam tea with milk and sugar. Then proceeded to eat the leftover ones throughout the day as snacks, 11 am, and 3 pm, and before bed, my, my.

                                                              1 Reply
                                                              1. re: amyzan

                                                                I accidentally bought a 20 dollar steak at the butchers on Sunday (2 lb top sirloin, whoops!)---so we grilled it up, roasted some fresh asparagus from the farmer's market along side with a little salt and pepper, and made a nice fresh salad. very simple but really, really delicious. Everything was from the farmers market the day before so very fresh as well. (I ended up making an apple crisp that night with homemade icecream as well, I was on a roll)

                                                                Used the leftover steak to make my first ever beef stroganoff last night, that turned out awesome!

                                                              2. Saturday night: veal cutlets coated w/mustard panko and pan-fried, roasted asparagus, and a dried porcini risotto. (BFP did the asparagus and the veal cutlets; I did the risotto. Especially on the weekends, we often cook together.) Finished off with slices of ricotta pie (the Easter kind w/wheat grains) from Modern Pastry. So good I ate WAY too much going back for seconds of the risotto. So good that Sunday's roasted chicken, roasted mixed root vegetables (white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrrots), and romanesco gratin was slightly anticlimactic. And that meal was very very good - it just didn't hold a candle to Saturday.

                                                                1. On Sunday night when my parents were in to visit and my dad didn't want to go out. He requested comfort food.

                                                                  Homemade meatloaf with beef, pork and turkey with a sweet & spicy tomato sauce glaze.
                                                                  Mashed potatoes
                                                                  Sauteed zucchini, green beans and tomatoes

                                                                  So simple and delicious.

                                                                  Before that was Saturday night. I steamed thai noodles, fresh flounder, zucchini, red bell peppers, green beans in a coconut curry. Fabulous!

                                                                  1. Saturday night. My first attempt at making chicken wings at home. shock of all shocks - success! I trimmed the wings, coated them in a secret mixture, then hubby fried them for 7 minutes. After draining, toss in hot sauce/butter mix and voila! I was shocked at how easy and delicious they were. We liked them so much that we stood in the kitchen, eating the wings as we cooked them, blissed out on wings, celery and housemade ranch dip, daring each other to go hotter, cooling the fire with the last of our stash of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Heaven!

                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                    1. re: OneJayneDoe

                                                                      Last night I made Ina Garten's Shrimp Scampi with linguini, it was heavenly.

                                                                      I substituted 1/2 julienned baby mesculan greens instead of parsley, and grated a handful of parmigano reggiano over it, yum. The peppery garlic, lemon flavor is outstanding. You can get it off of foodtv.com. And it's so easy.

                                                                      1. re: mcel215

                                                                        I also made this last night and it was really good. I made a big salad to go with it. My kids, who are not normally salad eaters, decided it tasted really good with the pasta!

                                                                    2. Skipped dinner went straight for dessert, dark chocolate mousse torte, four layers of chocolate cake...three layers of bailey's irish cream chocolate mousse...then covered with dark chocolate ganache and a couple of scoops of coffee ice cream.

                                                                      3 Replies
                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                          Give me a couple of days to get it out of my head and on paper. Love to share desserts, that's what I do.

                                                                        2. re: 2chef4u

                                                                          this dessert sounds delicious and decadent-I love coffee ice cream-chocolate and coffee are great together-yum

                                                                        3. Basic homemade, hand rolled and hand cut pasta with lots of garlic, some onion and rappini sauteed and tossed together. Of course good freshly grated cheese and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Simple, but it was so good. The pasta is what put it over the top!

                                                                          1. man i literally JUST finished dinner but am practically hungry again after reading this thread!

                                                                            tonight i had breakfast creole potatoes and a tomato/parmesan/moz/oregano omelette, made fresh with all ingredients from the reading terminal market in phila (fresh produce, dairy from the amish, free range eggs). very simple, very delicious.

                                                                            last week we had some heineken & habanero cheddar (thanks again to the amish) fondue, in which we dipped green apples & cubes of french baguette (2 or 3 day old is best in fondue's case). on the side we had some homemade guacamole & hand-smashed salsa. FUN to make and so flavorful. don't forget the cilantro + lime in those two! good welcoming-summer meal with a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc.

                                                                            1. Sublime is so contextual, y'know? This past weekend, we made Ligurian farinata, a chickpea crepe, with beautiful hothouse tomatoes and fresh basil and good olive oil. Simple and sublime, especially with a good gruner veltliner. It feels extra luxurious in the middle of winter.

                                                                              I really like the lobster tails with parmesan herbed risotto and roasted asparagus, followed by flourless chocolate torte, that I made for Valentine's day.

                                                                              ... what an enjoyably immodest thread, by the way!

                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                              1. re: cimui

                                                                                lobster tails with parmesan herbed risotto and roasted asparagus-just reading the combo makes me happy

                                                                              2. Tonight I made linguine with wild salmon, broccoli, and homemade pesto. I served it with a salad of mixed greens, red onion, grapefruit, and avocado with olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. Everything had liberal Parmesano Reggiano and extra virgin olive oil on it. I also served sourdough rolls, and in case the 6'3" teenage boy thought he was starving, some panko-crusted tilapia filets from Trader Joes. I served it with a Spanish rose. Yes, this is an enjoyable thread for some great showing off.

                                                                                2 Replies
                                                                                1. re: vickib

                                                                                  Sunday I made Lobster gyoza ravioli in an orange, vermouth, tarragon broth. it was lovely and adventurous.

                                                                                  1. re: Mikesteady

                                                                                    Mikesteady, sounds incredible, and despite my attempts to find a similar recipe, I can't! Would you share?

                                                                                2. Last week: honey/buttermilk ice cream and chocolate-chip/ginger/molasses cookies.
                                                                                  This week: am on South Beach Diet after horrifying experience trying on summer clothes to see what still fits.

                                                                                  1. Beer can chicken that had first been brined in OJ, salt, ginger, garlic and chilies for 2 days. Tossed it on the Q with a can of asian beer (had a theme going). After I pulled it off to let it rest tossed on some zucchini strips with black bean sauce. Served with leftover potato salad from the day before. And finished the rest of the pack of beer while watching Desperate Housewives from the floor. Picnic in my house :) My gfs love coming over when I BBQ.

                                                                                    1. Curried rice & lentils with raisins and apples and stuffed inside an acorn squash, topped with cinnamon, and baked.

                                                                                      So good.

                                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                                      1. re: jbd

                                                                                        saganaki--kaseri cheese baked with a bit of olive oil-when bubbly break an egg on top and bake until egg is cooked-a touch of oregano and some crusty bread--optional add some black olives for a bit more spicy dish

                                                                                        1. fresh salmon with lime juice, shallots, fresh grated ginger, olive oil, and and white wine...baked in parchment paper. Tasy, healthy, easy cleanup.

                                                                                          2 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: rHairing

                                                                                            We had an odds and ends dinner last night that was so successful we will actually buy the ingredients especially for it. I was inspired by a recipe I saw on Epicurious.

                                                                                            I had a small piece of flank steak, 2 large shallots, a small amount of dried polenta, a couple cups of baby greens and 2 really nice roma tomatoes. I made a firm polenta and spread it barely 1/2" thick on a baking sheet.

                                                                                            While that was setting up, I caramelized wedges of shallots until very tender. I made a balsamic dijon vinaigrette. When the polenta was firm and the shallots were done, I pan grilled the flank steak. I cut the polenta into 6 wedges, brushed it olive oil the threw it under the broiler while the steak was cooking.

                                                                                            As the steak was resting a few minutes I divided the greens onto 2 plates, arranged the polenta wedges around them, slice the tomatoes and put those around the greens, too. The steak was sliced thinly, topped with the caramelized shallots and everything got drizzled with the vinaigrette. It was good!

                                                                                          2. I made pot stickers last night fromt he new Shun lee cokbook. Steamed first, then a quick 2 minute stint in a skillet. Used thin, square gyoza wrappers. Thin skin, crispy bottom, perfect light filling. Really nice. Less impressive: The recommended dipping sauce. Too much sesame oil. but the pot stickers...really good.

                                                                                            1. Dinner lastnight was HOT! King Crab meat with minced, sauteed onions and garlic done up in a nice white sauce with a little white pepper, some fresh parsley, and oregano over angel hair.

                                                                                              1. last week i made meyer lemon garlic herb marinated airline breasts with honey glazed turnips and carrots for a few friends. Sounds basic, but it was one of the best dinners i've made in a long time. Edit: fresh mint with the turnips and carrots made all the difference.

                                                                                                on sunday i made a kind of antipasti meal for myself: roasted asparagus with truffle oil, fava bean salad with meyer lemon puree, scallops, gigante beans, roasted mushrooms, roasted fingerlings, arugula with lemon pepper dressing, olives, with some good bread and cheese. delicious, and I still have leftovers for salads at work this week.

                                                                                                1. Chicken Pomodoro with Capellini pasta. It was fantastic! Also served a mixed greens salad with veggies and french bread and a glass of Pino Grigio. MMM! Getting hungry now just thinking about it.

                                                                                                  1. Last night, a gruyere souffle from Julia Child's "The Way to Cook." I've had rotten luck with Mark Bittman's cheese souffle recipe (from "How to Cook Everything") - the darn think overflowed all over the oven (still tasted pretty good, though)... but Julia's recipe was truly sublime and was perfect. Just perfect.

                                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                                    1. re: mimilulu

                                                                                                      Shiitake frittata squares with prosciutto and fontina cheese, as well as a ooey, gooey cheese/sausage/grits casserole, for a birthday brunch over the weekend. Yum!

                                                                                                      1. re: lrostron

                                                                                                        Made a darn good frittata last night, chorizo, potato and red onion - 2 of us at the whole thing in one sitting :-)

                                                                                                    2. I cooked for my parents, aunt and brother last weekend and we were all pretty pleased with the turn out.

                                                                                                      Crawfish Bisque with Herbsaint
                                                                                                      Spring Onion, Three Cheese and Bacon Soufflé
                                                                                                      Rosemary and Mustard Crusted Prime Rib

                                                                                                      It was a bit over the top but man was it good

                                                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                                                      1. re: frankiii

                                                                                                        did you get fresh crawfish or frozen, that has to be one of my favorite crustaceans.

                                                                                                        1. re: jarritos

                                                                                                          fresh crawfish tails, they are in season here in Louisiana as i type

                                                                                                      2. beef filets with a orange butter sauce
                                                                                                        rosemary smashed red potatoes
                                                                                                        grilled asparagus

                                                                                                        ice box cake for those still hungry!

                                                                                                        1. A mexican chicken casserole with organic boneless chicken breast (already baked in cream), spinach, cream cheese, chipolte salsa, sauteed onions, poblano pepper, and garlic, roasted red peppers, monterey pepper jack cheese, and sour cream...Spices were ancho chili powder, parsley, salt, pepper, and cumin...Baked at 350 for 45 minutes or so....Needed something low carb and delicious, and this definitely did the trick....

                                                                                                          3 Replies
                                                                                                          1. re: jinet12

                                                                                                            Sounds wonderful. Do you have a recipe you could share?Starting with the chicken breast baked in cream? Thanks.

                                                                                                            1. re: gsElsbeth

                                                                                                              Well, I actually made this recipe up, but use it all the time...This way of cooking chicken breast, by the way, is an excellent way to cook the breasts for all kinds of things, especially chicken salad....I am going to have to "guestimate" the ingredients, but here goes...
                                                                                                              4 large organic boneless chicken breast....Put in a baking dish, and cover with heavy whipping cream to cover...( I like to put about 6 cloves of garlic in with the cream, and I usually sprinkle Emeril's "Essence" seasoning on top of the breast)..Cook uncovered for 45 minutes...NO longer....at 350 degrees..let cool, discard the cream and garlic, and tear the breasts into generous pieces
                                                                                                              While the breasts are cooking, saute in small amt. olive oil, 1/2 large chopped sweet onion, 1 chopped poblano pepper, and after it is somewhat soft, throw in 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, and finish the saute for about another 1-2 minutes...
                                                                                                              Take a large pkg of spinach, and dump it out into a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until not frozen...let cool a few minutes, and squeeze all of the water out of it...set aside
                                                                                                              Take an 8 oz pkg of cream cheese and put in on a paper plate, and microwave it on power level 3 until it is at room temp...
                                                                                                              Grate an 8 oz block of Monterey Jack Pepper Cheese, or Jack Cheese, or you can use a combination of cheddar and jack...Try not to use pre-shredded cheese..not as good
                                                                                                              Squeeze liquid from one cup of jarred roasted red pepper, and when dry, chop them up
                                                                                                              Get a large bowl, and combine the chicken pieces, sauteed veggies, spinach torn in pieces, cream cheese cubed, shredded cheese, roasted red peppers, 3/4 or all of a 15 oz jar of "XOCHiTL" chipotle salsa (use mild or medium, or if you cannot find this, use another mild or medium brand of chipotle salsa...and I also do it with salsa verde sometimes, or 1/2 chipotle salsa and 1/2 salsa verde), 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 Tablespoons Ancho chili powder, 2-3 Tablespoons dried parsley, 1/2 to 1 Tablespoons ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste...(watch the salt if you used Emeril's seasoning)...Mix it thoroughly...best done by your very own clean hands....
                                                                                                              Pat mixture into a nice sized oblong or 13x9x2 greased casserole dish, and bake it uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour...You can add extra shredded cheese on the top, if desired...Just watch it until it is somewhat browned on top, and take it out, and cool for about 10 minutes...Enjoy!

                                                                                                            2. re: jinet12

                                                                                                              could you expand on this? sounds like something even my kids would love...

                                                                                                            3. Roasted vegetable meatloaf: diced zucchini, carrots, red onion and fresh rosemary roasted until slightly carmelized. Mixed w/ground chuck, fresh basil, fresh marjoram, fresh sage, panko crumbs, egg, basalmic vinegar, white wine. Topped w/pureed roasted tomatoes and garlic (roasted w/other veg) and little vinegar. Roasted for a little over an hour. Serve w/mashed yukon gold mixed w/a couple of T Fage 0% Greek yogurt, some butter and s&p. Just finished up the leftover ml in lunchtime sandwiches.

                                                                                                              1. Last weekend, I made the most amazing lamb chops. I used "loin chops" and marinaded them overnight. My marinade consisted of garam masala, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, whole milk yoghurt, and heavy cream. No, this is not a healthy marinade. The next day, I cooked them on my stove-top cast-iron grill and invited some friends over for dinner. We all loved them!

                                                                                                                1. Seared Chilean Seabass with fresh made pineapple juice, reduced and thickened with creme fraiche, grilled tear droped tomatoes and parmesan and chive whipped potatoes.

                                                                                                                  1. Our Passover Seder meal....Chicken soup w/dill-scallion matzo balls; salmon/halibut gefilte fish timbales w/horseradish mayo over salad; oniony pot roast w/tsimmes and asparagus; honey soaked nutcake , flourless chocolate cake, and almond macaroons...and the obligatory vanilla twists....i may not move for another year.....

                                                                                                                    1. Salad of arugula tossed with apple slices, fennel bulb strips, five-spice-powder-dusted fresh-toasted walnut pieces, currants, parmesan flakes, olive oil and just a dash of lemon juice. (I added just a touch of thinly-sliced shallot that I'd soaked awhile in water and then quick-fried in the remaining five-spice-powder in the skillet.)

                                                                                                                      1. I always love a good and different pasta dish and this one was surprisingly very good and very different. I started with olive oil & butter, sauted garlic and mushrooms, then shrimp, a hot pepper, added capers, halved grape tomatoes - just about when everything was almost done - then for some liquid - a few splashes of orange juice, lemon juice and get this - few good tablsp. of this new cranberry onion pepper jelly. Another tablesp of unsalted butter and few minutes to thicken slightly, then add the pasta in. OMG yummy!!! Hubby and I sat there going - Wow, this is soooooo good, had a little nice citrus kick.

                                                                                                                        1. Surprisingly, grilled endive. I had no clue they could be so good. We were given a bag of both red and white endive so I had been experimenting with them. To grill, I simply halved the endive lengthwise, heated the grill blistering hot, brushed both sides of endive with my usual vinaigrette (olive oil, homemade vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, a pinch of sugar). Started cut side down and let it really char, then flipped it over. I then took them off the grill and covered with foil for a while to make sure they were cooked through. Drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar and coarse salt just before serving.

                                                                                                                          Bitter, salty, sour, sweet, smoky, crunchy, soft. Really good.

                                                                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                                                                          1. re: Junie D

                                                                                                                            I saw Rachael Ray (I think that's the FN personality) do that once with romaine. I"m tempted to try it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: xnyorkr

                                                                                                                              It's VERY good.... It's one of my favorite salads... here's Giada's take...



                                                                                                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                                Along the same lines, Pilar in Napa makes a memorable grilled radicchio salad with bacon dressing, balsamic, and sometimes dried cherries, other times dried figs.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Junie D

                                                                                                                              I am going to try this. There used to be a restaurant here that made grilled cesar salad with a smokey chipolte dressing that was to die for. they grilled the head whole . I wish it didn't go out of business.