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May 25, 2011


Diane peters

How about:
pork chops-stuffing on the bottom baked

Salmon filets

tacos-turkey or chicken

spaghetti-that's our dinner w/whole wheat pasta

Edith Maxwell

I am the same way when Hugh cooks. I say, "I don't care. I just don't want to think about it!"

The weather is FINALLY warming up. Here's an easy saladish dinner with a balanced protein, also healthy. Cooled pasta, (canned) black beans, frozen corn warmed up, some diced cuke, diced tomato, fresh cilantro if you have them. Lime juice, olive oil, squeezed garlic, chili powder, a splash of hot sauce. Yum!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, yum, yum..

And the "baked" thing is new to me...brilliant!

Have you tried doing pork chops by broiling briefly on each side--then close the oven and turn it to 350 for ten mins? Crunchy on the outside, juicy on he inside. Works for..er...chicken, too!

Edith Maxwell

I'm also very much into dry rubs before grilling. Totally seals in the juices, particularly on pork chops.

P.I. Barrington

Here's a recipe I use for those nights I'm stumped. Sophisticated Stir-Fried Rice is simpler than it sounds. & tastes amazing as well:

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, yummy. You could add almost anything to that rice recipe! And it would work with brown rice, too...Thanks!


This recipe is open to a lot of flexibility. You can use whatever types of beans you like (though I'd keep the can of Pork and Beans) or whatever meat. Requires a crock pot.

Calico Beans

2 Cans Butter Beans
1 Can Pork and Beans
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Pinto Beans
(Approx) 1/2 cup vinegar
(Approx) 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 lb. ground beef
6 oz bacon

1)Brown beef in skillet
2)Fix bacon as you prefer (I do mine in the over)
3) In crock pot: pour in DRAINED cans of beans, vinegar, brown sugar, meats.
4) Stir
5) Turn Crockpot on low, leave overnight or through day as you're at work. Give it at least 2-3 hours.

Add salt and pepper to taste. I prefer mine with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Freezes beautifully (for the Steel Magnolias)


You ever make Doro Wat? It's definitely a chicken dish, and it's definitely both easy and delish, though it's not exactly the healthiest food out there. (Hint: Do half butter, half olive oil.)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

OH, crockpot, Abigail! Sigh. Do I have a crock pot? Hmmm..

I've never made Doro Wat (Ethopian chicken with red pepper, thanks os much to google) but it sounds terrific!


You could probably just mix it all in a large stew pot and simmer on the stove with a little more liquid (broth or some such? Maybe not drain the beans entirely?) It's mostly just about allowing the flavors to mix for a while. :)

Gerri Brousseau

Kabobs. Marinate the meat and once you have everything on the sticks - grill it. Celebrate the summer and the wonderful flavors of grilled meat and veggies. YUM.

Nancy Lauzon

I hear you. I hate cooking dinner. I hate trying to decide what to eat, and I get sick of my own cooking.

Some easy meals off the top: Tacos from a kit (just add hamburger, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.) and Macaroni and Cheese.

Throw some grilled chicken in a salad, with french bread.

There, I have no ideas left.

Karen in Ohio

I hear you, too. 29 years of marriage, a big chunk of which included cooking for kids. One loses the will to life after awhile. And why do I have to be the one to decide what goes into everyone's mouths? (insert whine here)

Here's a good, go-to dinner if you're tired of plain salmon:

Pasta of your choice
Broiled chunk of salmon
Mince several cloves of garlic; saute in 2 T of olive oil until fragrant and soft.
Add a container of grape tomatoes, halved to pan. Continue to saute until tomatoes are soft and juicy.
Throw in a big bunch of fresh basil, chopped, heat just until wilted.
Crumble salmon and add to pan, just long enough to heat.
Add pasta to pan; toss to coat, then remove from heat.

Serve with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, and shredded pecorino romano cheese.


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Kabobs! Yes. Shrimp, and lamb, and I love the charred-ness of green peppers. We do a lot of grilled zucchini, and its so great. (Once I can get Jonathan to cook out on the grill, all is solved..I think he even likes it.) (I always run inside--I don't like to smell smoky. ;-):)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hey, Nancy!Yeah, how wonderful are tacos? The perfect avocado and salsa conveyance, too.

Karen, that sounds completely delicious. Trying it asap...

Karen in Ohio

Here's another one, that I learned from, of all people, Regis Philbin.

Sautee pork chops in a little bit of olive oil, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat. Deglaze pan with some red wine. Add pork chops and cook on both sides, just until nicely colored.

This is really good, and one of my husband's favorite ways to have pork chops. Serve it with a baked sweet potato and salad. Yum.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, yummy, Karen. That sounds like it'll take away the "pork chop problem"--how they always get too dry.


I haven't had a pork chop in years. Karen, just reading about those makes my lips smack. :) Yum! All of these ideas sound great.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Yes, dinnertime is definitely not the time to read this particular blog! Thanks all! Have a great holiday weekend...

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