Sweet Pea Falafel with Minted Cucumber Salad

Sweet Pea Falafel with Minted Cucumber Salad
I have a long and interesting history with peas.  As a child, my mother tells me that I once shoved a pea up my nose.  (The other interesting childhood story about me related to the pea homophone, “pee,” is that I once slept walk into the living room thinking that it was the bathroom and...

Creamy Chicken Casserole with Leeks and Mushrooms

Creamy Chicken Casserole with Leeks and Mushrooms
I remember researching my baby girl’s first car seat.  I had no clue what I was looking for.  I was focused on patterns that didn’t include teddy bears, perhaps longing for something that might actually match the car instead.  I didn’t know a five point harness from a three point...

Cod in Parchment

Cod in Parchment
A friend brought up a good point the other day.  This is a horrible time of the year to have to give something up for Lent.  Winter has us feeling defeated — with almost a foot of snow the other day after spring started to tease us.  Illness has us down — I’ve been sick with a cold...

Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas

Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas
You probably don’t want to read a food related post that starts out talking about snow and phlegm and pink eye, but here we are.  I’ve been trying to finish up the first 7 of the Cuizoo Arsenal and I’ve been rather hemmed in by snow days (2 in one week) and sick days (too many to count). ...

Gingered Pork Stir Fry

Gingered Pork Stir Fry
I know I speak about my grandmothers a lot here, and quite honestly I forget what I’ve said and what I haven’t said (and am entirely too lazy to go back and look).  But this recipe is another one courtesy of my mom’s mother, Grace.  And it serves as Cuizoo Arsenal meal #6. Grace...

Quick African Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

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...

Black Beans and Rice

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...

Whole Grain White Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlicky Spinach

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...

Sesame Crusted Fish Tacos with Avocado Salad and Slaw

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...

Crispy Calamari Chopped Salad

Crispy Calamari Chopped Salad
Mark Bittman has me thinking again.  He has a way of doing that.  After reading his latest NYT piece, “Chop, Fry, Boil:  Eating for One, or 6 Billion,” I once again realize that people who like to cook have a way of making things way too complicated for those who don’t (Bittman is...