easy recipes for everyday meals
This is a company-worthy recipe for stuffed manicotti that uses freshly made crêpes instead of pasta tubes to house the filling. When topped with a homemade marinara, the result is a light, delicate dish that is sure to become a favorite. Both the manicotti and sauce can easily be made ahead of time, then assembled and baked just before serving.
Gumbo is a Creole dish that's become a classic staple of New Orleans cuisine. There are many variations, and most include a combination of sausage or chicken, shellfish, okra and tomatoes, but the distinctive, rich flavor that defines a gumbo always comes from a dark roux. Our recipe builds on that flavor foundation by adding onion, celery, green bell pepper, spicy andouille sausage, tomatoes, okra and shrimp to make a delicious stew to serve with steamed rice.
When we think of pork tenderloin, we generally think of roasting or grilling, but this quick-cooking cut of pork can be braised to tender, juicy perfection in less than 30 minutes. This one-pan recipe uses a small amount of a quality lager (see notes) combined with brown sugar and Dijon mustard to infuse the pork with unique flavor as it braises with a blend of sautéed cabbage, apples and bacon.
This dish is an adaptation of one that was a specialty at a small fish market near my home in Rhode Island some years ago. They would use fresh scrod fillets, make a similar crumb topping and package it in small, tightly covered aluminum foil baking pans. All you needed to do was pop the pan in the oven and bake! It's easy enough to make your own though, and this dish is perfect for company, because you can pop it in the oven just a few minutes before you are ready to serve and it comes out piping hot, buttery and delicious.
Our version of this time-tested Russian dish is purely American ~ a simple combination of sautéed slices of beef tenderloin, chopped onions and mushrooms, all coated with a light sauce of sour cream and fresh dill. It cooks up quickly and served over egg noodles, it makes a very easy, very delicious meal.
Ready in a matter of minutes, this simple shrimp sauté gets it bold flavor from a buttery combination of Old Bay Seasoning (a classic, seafood-friendly spice blend), lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire and a bit of fresh thyme. It's delicious served over white rice flavored with a little sautéed onion and crumbled bacon. Add a salad or green vegetable for a well-rounded, easy dinner.
Meatloaf made with ground turkey is not only a leaner choice than those made with ground beef, it allows for more creativity in terms of added flavors. This recipe combines fresh jalapeño pepper, roasted green chiles, cumin, coriander, garlic and onion to make a slighly spicy, flavorful finished dish. Topped with fresh homemade salsa, this easy turkey meatloaf is delicious served with Black Beans with Onion and Cilantro (recipe included) and a green salad.
This easy, one-dish dinner combines the nutty taste and tender texture of acorn squash with a filling of crumbled sausage, fresh sage and bite-sized chunks of apple. The flavors are a perfect blend and because the squash are pre-baked while you make the filling and go back to the oven just long enough for the apples to soften, the entire meal comes together in less than an hour.