I found myself with a half of a huge onion leftover from a different recipe, along with a pretty tasteless package of ground beef that wasn’t going to make good hamburgers, as intended. I needed to use them both up in a way that would kick up the flavor. This recipe accomplished that marvelously! 1 … Read more


I remember the first time I discovered polenta. I was in a small mountain village outside of Milan with an Italian girlfriend I was spending holiday with my sophomore year of college. We were at a ski chalet, sunbathing in chaise lounges .. while our fingertips trailed in the snow beneath our chairs. When it … Read more

Ground Beef Stroganoff

When I was a kid, this was one of the meals my mom had on heavy rotation. She always used ground beef, which I understand now was something she did to keep to our strict family budget. I didn’t know until I was an adult that stroganoff was supposed to use steak! 1 lb ground … Read more

Beef Bolognese

This is a recipe I got from Plated. It’s so good, I ordered it twice – so I figured I should add it here! They recommend serving it over roasted spaghetti squash, which is really good. Sprinkle the cut squash with olive oil + 1/2 t each dried oregano and dried thyme, then cook for … Read more

Lentil recipes

coconut red curry sauce (not so good, but I used water instead of broth. It also was WAY too much liquid – I drained off 2 cups to cook some rice, and still had quite liquid-y lentils left) :  http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-wild-rice-bowl-with-red-lentil-curry-and-spinach-223095 a cinnamon- and allspice-flavored mixture of lentils, kale & sweet potatoes, that’s meant to be baked … Read more