Archive for ‘Quick Meals’

November 23, 2010

Salade Niçoise

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October 21, 2010

Steak and Strawberry Salad

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October 21, 2010

Mandarin Orange and Raspberry Salad

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August 23, 2010

Easy Shrimp Pasta Salad

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June 8, 2010


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May 31, 2010

Crème de persil with chicken

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May 24, 2010

Cheese Steak Sandwich

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February 16, 2010

Roman Salad

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January 1, 2009


I lived in the western suburbs of Chicago and one of our first trips into the city I got introduced to so many scents and sounds that I miss still.  I don’t think anything compares to fall in Chicago.  It was a few weeks before Halloween, we hopped a train into the city and rode the L from one end to the other, avoiding the tourist stops like Sears’ Tower and instead finding little holes in the wall on parts of Michigan Avenue that aren’t in any travel guide.

On that first trip I crinkled my nose as my companion insisted I try an aluminium foil wrapped treat off of a vendor’s two wheeled cart.  It sounded nauseating.  Mayonnaise on corn on the cob?  Yuck.  But I actually enjoyed it and it is one of those rare little treats that has never tasted as good anywhere else.  But this is as close as my gringo self has been able to replicate it.


1 ear of corn, husk still on

1 Tablespoon mayonnaise – not salad dressing or Miracle Whip crap

1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 Lime


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Pull back the husks of the corn, being careful not to remove them.  Tear out corn silk and wash corn and husks thoroughly.
  • Shake dry.
  • Cut lime and squeeze one half over the length of the corn cob.
  • Smear mayonnaise over all exposed corn kernels.
  • Blend Parmesan and cayenne together and cover corn.
  • Bring husks up to cover kernels.
  • Lay on a sheet of aluminium foil.
  • Squeeze other lime half over husks and then close foil around corn cob.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and husks and serve hot.
January 1, 2009

Quick Pizzas

The first time I ever remember having pizza I was 6 years old.  My dad had taken me to a Pizza Hut and for some reason it was just he and I.  As we sat enjoying our pizza there was a flurry of activity from a film crew there for some unknown reason.  And Mary Hart from Entertainment Tonight was there.  It was a new show and I remember being star struck by all of the activity and when we got home my dad tried to find the show on television so we could see if we had made it on the air.  To this day, I still think about that when I eat pizza for some reason.

I love pizza, who doesn’t?  But everyone seems to have their own preference when it comes to toppings and that’s the beauty of making personal pan pizzas, you can pick what you want precisely.  So at our house, we make pizzas individually.  And this is such an easy meal to make when you get home from work.  I leave the dough out when I leave in the morning and come home and all I have to do is open the spaghetti sauce and set out bowls of pepperoni and peppers and onions or the list goes on and on.

The recipe below is for one pizza, you obviously can double and triple it up from there.

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2 frozen yeast rolls, such as Parkerhouse

1/4 cup spaghetti sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Toppings of choice (sliced pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, sliced green pepper, chopped onions, pineapple chunks, chopped ham, etcetera)


  • Place olive oil into a cake pan or pie dish.
  • Lay frozen rolls into dish and cover with saran wrap.
  • Allow to sit at room temperature until risen, at least 2 hours.
  • Dust hands with flour and knead dough lightly into about a half inch thickness.
  • Place back into dish.
  • Cover with spaghetti sauce.
  • Add selected toppings.
  • Cover with cheese.
  • Bake for twenty minutes at 300 degrees F.

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