All posts tagged: Quick Lunch

The Sandwich Diaries ~ the Meatloaf Sandwich

There’s one important thing to have when making a great meatloaf sandwich Good meatloaf…. and white bread Okay, two things meatloaf, white bread… and mayo bollocks! … three things and pickle chips Dammit! Meatloaf, in a sense, has been around since the Romans. Although with ingredients like finely chopped lamb, pine nuts, rosemary and cream, you ended up with something more “pate-like” than what we call our beloved food of the masses. It wasn’t until WWII that meatloaf truly became part of the working class American diet. Looking to help families stretch their meat rations, numerous government agencies and appliance manufacturers started a campaign to show housewives how to extend meager protein rations to feed a large family. They championed adding stale bread, leftover biscuits, potatoes and rice into minced meat, adding a healthy dose of ketchup and seasonings, and baking it off “roast-style” to create a meat dish that would be fit to grace any Sunday Dinner table. It caught on. And while they were satisfying and filling, they did something much more important. They created leftovers. Leftovers that …

Weekday Meals – Down & Dirty Paella

In a perfect world, I could prioritize my time so there’d be enough time to rake the leaves, re-organize the studio, sweep, mop, dust, make 3 trips to the local home improvement (take all my money) mart,  design and trench out the drainage system for the summer rental –  with enough time left over to whip up a tasty paella… all before lunch. I don’t even live next-door to that world. I marvel.. yes, marvel at these do-it-all kind of people that home-school, soccer mom, carpool, volunteer at nine different charities, cook non-stop and still have enough time to be uber crafty and blog relentlessly about it… don’t they sleep? I mean… I’m up at 6:00 every day and I get my day started. But there are days when I just and it’s three in the afternoon…  and I’m still in pjs. I had a craving yesterday for paella. And, while I would have loved to have had time for this: … time just wasn’t my friend. I settled for a down and dirty quick paella. Quick, …

Anger. …and car wreck pasta

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s Jane’s Day Out. Every week, I take mom out to meet her regular group of friends for lunch. As usual, I drop her off, but instead of picking one of the nearby places to have my lunch and wait for them to finish, I had a picky little list of errands to run (light bulbs, sinus meds, phone bill). So, I head off and 2 blocks down the road, this happens… … I don’t exactly remember the particulars. I was driving – she launched into moving traffic – I swerved – she hit me. Period. I could postulate all day as to the hows and whys… but it really doesn’t matter. One accident – two cars totaled… no one seriously hurt. I should have been thankful for that, but… I was Angry… … at the driver for not looking … at myself for not being able to avoid the crash … at the motorists constantly asking what happened … at myself again for totaling Jane’s car … because I didn’t get any of the …

The Sandwich Diaries – Parma – Roma and Cabra, Oh My!

I’m not a fan of fad equipment. I have an immersion blender, not because it was the coolest thing on the Williams~Sonoma catalogue, but because I used one (a very large one) for years in my commercial  kitchens. I still use a percolator for my coffee most mornings, and It took me years to buy my first food processor. I don’t see the sense in buying, what ends up being, a very expensive piece of equipment that does one thing… and one thing only… usually not very well. The panini press is just one of those things. All powered up and shiny, they’ll cost you something short of two and a half bucks And, the non-electric version at W~S or Le Creuset will run you around $85.00… … .. . . . it’s a piece of cast iron with a handle.. … no thank you. With a press you want 2 basic things – 1.)  something that will create nifty little crunchy nooks and crannies. And 2.) something with some weight to it that will provide …

Torta di Pasta – Spaghetti Pie

Perfect can come in many forms a date a day a moment a bite… Torta di Pasta is the perfect anytime thing. It’s breakfast or a simple lunch. It is the best mid-afternoon snack pulled right out of the fridge. It’s a late night supper or an after-the-club nosh. It has even been known to seal the deal after a date… “Would you like to come in for a nightcap and a little something to eat?~ nudge nudge – wink wink“ I was raised to always keep cooked rice or pasta on hand. “Pasta in the fridge is like money in the bank”, Jane would always say. – and to be perfectly honest with you, this works best with leftover pasta or rice. You want your starch to be slightly dry so that everything sticks and coats well. If you don’t happen to be a starch hoarder – cook the pasta to just underdone (slightly more al dente than you would normally cook it.) And the best part of all? It’s quick. The torta comes together with around 7 minutes of …

Trottoloni with Chicken, Cioppino Onions & Mushrooms

Normally, if I’m making anything with pasta, it’s going to be something big and floppy, with lots of ridges and nooks to grab onto as much sauce as possible… like Lanterne … with their deep ridged curls that just beg to take on as much sauce as possible. Unfortunately, the pasta shop I used to get these from went out of business – so lately I’ve resorted to Campanelle Which are ok… just not terribly big. Last week, while I was waist deep digging around in the Williams-Sonoma Outlet’s discontinued pasta bin, I came across the Holy Grail of Big Floppy Pasta. Trottoloni – or “Big Spinning Tops” I hit the mother-lode. These are an imported Puguliese pasta manufactured by Pastificio Marella in Italy. Although W-S wont be carrying them anymore, I did find them on Amazon… so, if you want some, you can get them HERE. Let’s look at it again…just a thing of beauty Since I found myself with an over-abundance of chicken thighs, I decided to whip of a quick and easy pasta for lunch. Trottoloni …