Quick Kitchen

For cooks who want an idea for a meal, and the gist

I’ll have a side of Broccolini

March 13, 2016

In the vein of the delicious side order on so many restaurant menus, start by blanching 1 bunch broccolini in a big pot of very salty boiling water (think ocean, both in saltiness and room to swim) Read more…

The Two-Hour Apple Miracle

March 12, 2016

This recipe requires two ingredients—sweet, juicy apples and big chunks of walnuts. Try to find at least 4 varieties of apples, the fresher the better, so yes if you can buy them from a farmer Read more…

Slaw

August 18, 2015

I don’t like slaw with mayonnaise, but what to do in the country when a cabbage the size of a volleyball is the only vegetable for lunch. We shredded 6 cups cabbage and tossed it Read more…

Peas and Pods

March 15, 2015

Early spring in California. Peas, mint, and lamb.  I bought 1/2 pound shelled peas at the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market, and another 1/4 pound peas still in their pods, which I shelled at home, saving Read more…

Quick Indian Pilaf

March 2, 2015

It’s gratifying to receive an email from a friend who’s just heated up the leftovers of a meal you prepared at her house, and HAS to have the recipe. Here’s one I happen to remember Read more…

Haloumi and spicy chick pea salad

July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014. This time I am going for spicy, since haloumi is such a great foil for that. I’ve got spicy chick peas in the oven. I drained and rinsed 1 can of chick Read more…

Farro a la Ottolenghi, sort of

July 26, 2014

July 26, 2014. Nothing out of the cookbook, Jerusalem, doesn’t tempt this shiksa. There was no barley in my larder, but Trader Joe’s instant farro made a great substitute. Start by toasting 1/2 cup dry Read more…

No-Brainer Salmon

April 16, 2014

You need a broiler, a bowl, and a roasting pan or tray. That’s it, I promise. I recently fed six of us a 3-pound thick fillet of salmon which I brought to room temperature, seasoned lightly with Read more…

Kale-O-Mania

March 22, 2014

Okay, okay, I’m joining the droves and making a kale salad. Rubbed the 5 ounces of baby kale in the fridge with about 1/2 of a small (as a golf ball) chopped preserved lemon and let it macerate for Read more…

The bird was stuffed and so am I

November 25, 2012

The stuffing last night was so good for Thanksgiving that I’m going to do it for Christmas too. Here’s what we did: Saute in 2 tbsp butter about 2 cups onion, 1 cup celery, and 1 Read more…