Here’s a simple bit of arithmetic: What do you get when you combine a day that is 110 percent full with zero time to make dinner and an average air temperature of 89 degrees plus 75 percent humidity? If we’re both doing our math correctly, near effortless pasta with a four-herb pesto sounds like a pretty solid answer.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Tagliatelle with Four-Herb Pesto
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the BLT had better feel mighty flattered. That timeless stacking of smoky bacon, tangy tomato and crisp lettuce is beloved the world over. It’s also the perfect canvas for our “remixed and reimagined”-crazed palates, so let’s give a warm welcome to the B.E.A.T.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! B.E.A.T. (Bacon-Eggplant-Avocado-Tomato) Sandwiches
Summer is the season of the salad. We’ve all had the classics — potato, macaroni, simple green — so shake things up with this amazingly easy shaved-vegetable variation.
The secret to the texture and quickness is a trusty mandoline. An adept hand can certainly do it all equipped with a chef’s knife, but this is a good time to conquer your fear of the mighty mandoline.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Mustard-Thyme Pork Chops w/ Fennel, Cucumber + Nectarine Salad
They always say we should eat more vegetables. And whether “they” are doctors, nutritionists or the infamous veggie marketing people from Portlandia (apparently celery is the new thing), making an all-vegetable dinner that’s both delicious and good for you isn’t too hard at this time of year.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Grilled Ratatouille w/ Tomato Vinaigrette
That grill’s starting to get a workout, huh? You’re grilling chicken, you’re grilling steaks, you might even be grilling your salad*. Might as well throw a pizza on there, too.
When it comes to grilled pizza, there are two schools of thought.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Grilled Shrimp Florentine Pizza
If you’ve spent any time on a New England beach during the summer season, you’ve likely heard of — or even been to — a “shore dinner.” Along the lines of clam bakes and oyster roasts, alfresco shore dinners are when a group of people get together on the beach, start a campfire and make a seafood-centric one-pot dinner under the summer sun. They’re blissful.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! “Shore Dinner” Mussels
Have you seen these baby sweet peppers cropping up in your local market? They’re amazing! So tiny, so crisp, so sweet, so perfect for a Dinner Rush. Typically sold in a pouch containing about a pound of them, these bell peppers en miniature make a great snack on their own, or can be a really fun and colorful remix to classic peppers and onions.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Grilled Steaks with Scallions and Baby Sweet Peppers
How good does this sound: dinner on the table with two minutes of prep, less than 20 minutes of cooking and only one dish to wash. Delicious, right? That’s the beauty of cooking dinner in foil on the grill.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Tilapia with Grapefruit + Avocado Salsa
The kickoff to summer is just around the corner — finally! It’s almost officially acceptable to start amassing charcoal, propane and sunscreen in hoarderlike quantities without fear of ridicule. Now would also be as good a time as any to plan a menu for the first big cookout of the year.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Cherry-Cola BBQ Chicken
There’s a reason spinach-artichoke dip is on so many restaurant menus – it’s based on a flawless combination. You can’t lose when tender artichokes and a blend of sharp cheeses make nice with just enough bright green spinach to make it feel at least a little bit healthy.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Spinach-Artichoke Stuffed Chicken