Not all garlic presses are created equal. I had a garlic press when I first started cooking — no doubt I received it as a wedding or shower gift. It didn’t work well at all. It was hard to press the garlic, and much of the garlic was wasted. I assumed that all garlic presses were bad. For years, I chopped garlic by hand, using the smash-the-clove, remove-it-from-the-skin, and chop method. For years, my fingers always smelled vaguely of garlic.
Somewhere along the line, I acquired a Zyliss Susi garlic press. What a revelation! It worked like a dream. I haven’t chopped garlic since. When my daughter was a toddler, the garlic press disappeared. I suspect she was playing with it — she liked to play with kitchen objects — it’s no surprise that she’s a good cook now. When it became clear that I wasn’t finding it any time soon, I bought a replacement faster than you can say Zyliss.
Now if only I could find a device that would chop my onions for me.
Greek chicken soup. Thick and lemony, yum. So easy to make, you’ll thank me.
This dish sounds weird, but it’s delicious and super easy. Use spicy sausage like chorizo to get maximum flavor. You’ve got your protein, veggie, and carb in one dish. What more could you want?
I first made this salad for my book club. When I saw how easy and good it was, I added it to the lunchbox repertoire.
For years, I’ve been making this same pasta, but using a slightly different method. This method is so much easier. I can’t believe I never thought of it!
One daughter gave me a ukulele concert and the other made me dinner. What more could a mother want for Mother’s Day?
Chicken Parmesan and mashed potatoes were on the menu, with shortbread AND brownies for dessert. Shortbread because I love shortbread, and brownies because my daughter loves to bake and baking one item wasn’t enough for her, despite the fact that we didn’t have enough sugar or chocolate for the brownie recipe. Suffice it to say, I stuck to the shortbread, although the brownies were not half bad given the lack of ingredients. Continue reading
I’ve never had anything like this in an actual Mexican restaurant, but it has chiles, cheese, and olives, so the original recipe called it Mexican chicken. All I know is that it’s a kid and adult pleaser and it’s easy. Continue reading