" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

Speedy


Weekday evenings can be hectic. Between getting home from work and school and after supper extracurricular activities it can be hard to make a fast healthy meal on a budget.

Bay scallops are cheap, tasty and quick to cook as they cook in record time.
You can make this dish even faster substituting by the dry variety of pasta you need to boil for quick cooking fresh pasta.

There are no excuses for eating healthy as this dish is speedier then a drive through or frozen dinners and much better for you.


Pesto Scallop Pasta Sauce


  • olive oil
  • 1 pound of bay scallops
  • 1/2 an onion diced
  • 1 tomato taste
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of pesto
  • 1 large portobello mushroom sliced
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
In a large deep frying pan heat the olive oil and add the scallops and cook until almost opaque.
Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes until scallops are opaque.
Pour over pasta of choice.


Wine Suggestion : Pinot Blanc


Cheers!



Rosemary and Wine

I love spring! My herb garden finally in full bloom.
Rosemary is my favorite herb of all.

This dish is a great for a dinner party. It takes no time at all to put together.
Once in the oven it doesn't need any fussing over and cooks unattended so you can visit with your guests.

Sweet potatoes and steamed green beans round out this meal quite nicely.



Pork Roast with White Wine, Garlic and Herbs


  • olive oil and butter
  • 1 3 or 4 pound pork loin roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • a head of garlic separated skins left on
  • leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 bottle of white wine
Preheat oven to 300F

In an oven proof roasting pan heat the olive oil and butter.
Season the meat with the fennel and rosemary and brown in the pan.
Add the rest of the herbs and wine.
Cover and cook in the oven until meat temperature reaches 150F.
Tent with foil on a platter.
Place pan on stove top and bring to a low boil scraping bits off the bottom. Simmer until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened.
Serve roast with sauce drizzled over top.

Wine Suggestion: Chardonnay

Cheers!



Fiesta



There are times when one just wants to walk in the door and eat right away with no fussing or waiting.
Alternatively one may want to mingle with guests or family and not tied to the kitchen.
Either way this dish fits the bill perfectly!

Again I praise the slow cooker. The answer to the busy working family or hostess.

This dish can be assembled in less then five minutes and yet tastes like you have been in the kitchen all day.

All you need to do is steam some white rice and your all set.

Fiesta? You bet!


Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
  • 1 pound of boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of black beans drained
  • 1 jar of salsa of choice (I used a mix of half each of medium and mango lime types)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin

Mix all except chicken in bowl.
Place chicken in a slow cooker and pour sauce over top.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Serve over hot rice and garnish with Monterey Jack cheese if desired.


Wine Suggestion: Muscat

Cheers!

Mini Me


Now that I am back to work the dinner time preparation has become a shared task among all family members.
My girls love to help mixing the ingredients together and filling the muffin cups in this dish.
(They love cooking as much as I do!)
This variation takes the traditional meatloaf that normally takes an hour to cook and halves the cooking time to 30 minutes.
You can vary the additions to the meat to create your own creation.

In 30 minutes you can have mashed potatoes and green beans done to accompany this great all time favorite family meal.



Mini Greek Meat Loaves
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup diced roasted red pepper
  • 1 tbsp of oregano
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400F In a bowl combine all ingredients .

Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.

Fill each muffin pan until full.

Bake for 30 min or until internal temperature is 160F.


Wine Suggestion: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cheers!