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Bring Out the Cheesy Stuff: It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

For a quick meal, there’s not much better than a hot, viscous grilled cheese sandwich. At least in my book. And today’s the day to celebrate that great American invention! (I’m claiming it for the home team because I can’t find references anywhere in Google to this morsel’s origination.) (Correction: Here’s a reference, and yes, […]

New Pepper Cheeses; Why Didn’t I Think of That?

A busy week ahead, and I hurried to the grocer’s for supplies. Daughterpersonage wanted to make beer cheese soup, and that requires several tasty cheese types to make the perfect meal. I especially had orders for Cabot Cheddar. After fumbling around like a drunk wombat because the store managers can’t leave the floor layout alone […]

Best Grilled Cheese? Here Are Some Options…

Okay, having just told y’all that fried foods and dairy are bad for you, here are some tasty grilled cheese sandwich options. There’s no reason to eat boring grilled cheese anymore! Flip through the slide show to get some ideas.

I particularly enjoyed the Roxy’s version (guacamole, bacon!), Beecher’s (Gruyere, tomato, basil), the Grilled Cheese Truck’s […]

Chile Relleno Casserole

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

I wanted to make chile rellenos the other day, and I got some really nice-looking, deep green poblano chiles at the market that would have been ideal for that. I could hardly wait to try out my new stuffing recipe! Then disaster struck.

Oh, nothing too disastrous, […]

What’s a Pastitsio? I’ll Tell You…

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Short answer: It’s a really tasty Greek casserole. Easy to make. And relatively inexpensive…

Here’s a recipe, adapted from one that appeared recently in Family Circle magazine:

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1½ pounds lean ground beef
1 can petite-diced tomatoes (onion/garlic flavored preferred)
1 cup chopped green […]

A Creamy Cheese Soup That's Good for You

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Until I got to graduate school, I detested broccoli. In any form. It was often bitter, and usually overcooked. Even butter or cheese sauce couldn’t hide the taste or the texture.

Why the change at grad school? Well, I could have my own garden. In fact, […]

Fish 4 Friday: Mediterranean Diet Halibut

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

The Mediterranean Diet is all the rage with some folks. Shoot, I even claim I’m on it sometimes. Whenever I’m eating Italian, that is. Aren’t they Mediterranean? Anyway, fish has a prominent place in that diet. And since it’s time for more fish meals…

Halibut is […]

Fish 4 Friday: Why Let the Kids Get All the Good Stuff? Cajun Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

One of my favorite food magazines, Chile Pepper (sadly, it now appears the mag is defunct), recently shared an article that really attracted my attention. As a kid, I could eat my weight in my mom’s homemade macaroni-and-cheese. (My mom’s still the best home cook […]