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Beef Stir Fry, a Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meal

Beef Stir Fry, a Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meal

I often crave Asian flavors but don’t get to cook Asian dishes nearly as frequently as I’d like. And really, I have no excuse not to … we live just minutes from the second largest Asian community here in New York and I’ve got every Asian ingredient (common or exotic) right here at my fingertips.
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Mussels and Squid in Thyme & White Wine over Linguine

Mussels and Squid in Thyme & White Wine over Linguine

Can I just start off by saying that your kitchen will smell divine as you’re simmering these Mussels and Squid in Thyme and White Wine? My stomach is rumbling just thinking about it … The delicate flavor of thyme does wonders when it’s combined with seafood and white wine … The result is something light and aromatic and full of flavor.
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Chicken and Orzo Tetrazzini

Chicken and Orzo Tetrazzini

I took out some chicken earlier in the day to use for dinner and after a quick glance over our refrigerator shelves and pantry (mushrooms (check),  fresh thyme (check), peas (check), cream (check), orzo (check)) I decided something along the lines of chicken tetrazzini was in order.  So, a skillet, two saucepans and a pot later this afternoon I was placing a baking dish brimming with creamy goodness in the oven.
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Sausage over Creamy Golden Lentils

Sausage over Creamy Golden Lentils

A couple of weeks ago I received some samples of heirloom beans from Marx Foods. The company had gotten some new stock and quickly posted an announcement on its site, that a cup of any two of the varieties would be sent out to bloggers willing to test drive the pulses. I opted in and was sent a cup each of the Petite Golden Lentils and Marrow Beans.
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Moussaka Burgers

Moussaka Burgers

Yes, moussaka may be a bit cliche, if you will. For more than a few people it is the mascot of Greek cuisine. And sure, Anthony Bourdain may have slammed moussaka during his Greek Islands episode of No Reservations a couple of years ago–if I recall correctly he likened “the casserole” to a “brick”–but it’s still one of my favorite foods (and of course my mom’s version has a special place in my heart). But this post has nothing to do with the classic Greek Moussaka. We’re talking burgers here instead. 
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Grilled Octopus Salad and Grilled Oregano Shrimp

Grilled Octopus Salad and Grilled Oregano Shrimp

On Saturday family and friends gathered in our yard, I prepped dishes in the kitchen and my husband lit the charcoals to help carry out my Grilling Greek event for May’s installment of Foodbuzz 24×24. This was only after my husband and I had been bickering for the greater part of Friday evening, he insisting it was going to rain the next day and we should postpone the barbecue and I insisting (yelling and demanding are good synonyms) that the barbecue needed to take place on the 29th along with the other 23 meals planned, hence the name Foodbuzz 24×24.

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