Quick African Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

For the fifth meal of the Cuizoo Arsenal, I was planning to do a hearty soup.  Because this time of year especially, it is a fantastic one pot meal for cold days.  I thought I'd do something with beans and maybe some sausage, because that is an almost weekly occurrence for us.  But after doing … Continue reading Quick African Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

Black Beans and Rice

Here we are with meal number 4 from the Cuizoo Arsenal, where I attempt to give you 7 meals that are quick, cheap, easy, and nutritious.  This is one of those basic meals that has sustained entire civilizations for hundreds or thousands of years.  Just don't ask my daughter to eat it.  She continues on … Continue reading Black Beans and Rice

Whole Grain White Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlicky Spinach

For meal number 3 in the Cuizoo Arsenal, we are going to do a pizza. I feel sort of silly talking about pizza, because, come on, it's pizza.  Crust, toppings, cheese.  Pretty straightforward stuff.  But yet, we still order it and pay $15 for something that (with a little forethought) can be made in about … Continue reading Whole Grain White Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlicky Spinach

Sesame Crusted Fish Tacos with Avocado Salad and Slaw

So, here we have meal #2 from the Cuizoo Arsenal.  I'm pretty sure I won't be getting one done per day, but I'll try to keep these coming as frequently as possible.  I know I'll be cooking tonight, but once the weekend hits, I don't make any promises as cooking cuts into my drinking time.  … Continue reading Sesame Crusted Fish Tacos with Avocado Salad and Slaw

Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce with Sage

I make it no secret that I am a little particular about what kind of food I generally serve.  I wouldn't call myself a total food snob, because I still enjoy a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as much as the next person.  It's just that when I cook, I rarely use processed or … Continue reading Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce with Sage

Smoky Scalloped Potatoes with Sausage

I'm thinking there is a guide to parenthood somewhere that I forgot to read.  Before I had kids, I imagined parenting to be similar to, um, living -- except with children.  And I know that sounds simplistic and parenting is much harder than just living, but I guess I imagined that I would continue to … Continue reading Smoky Scalloped Potatoes with Sausage

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou

I read this article in the New York Times yesterday (Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries).  Here's a little quote to blow your mind: For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) Truthfully, I am not surprised by … Continue reading Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou

Garlicky Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day lamenting the fact that I have had nothing to post because my summer cooking has been so simple -- and really not recipe worthy.  How can I legitimately write a recipe for tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil?  Or chicken on the grill? Or lightly cooked … Continue reading Garlicky Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Sweet Corn