Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque Recipe with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto - Andrea Meyers

The crazy cold weather last week left us shivering. Up north people are more prepared for it than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We had the fireplace going most of the day and sipped hot tea to stay warm, and ate some hot soup for dinner, which is fine by me because soup… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.

Moroccan Roasted Salmon with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach

Moroccan Roasted Salmon Recipe with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach - Andrea Meyers

School has started again, and just like every year, we get crazy busy with school activities, sports, and other things that fill our weeknights and weekends. All of the above on top of work can put a damper on dinner preparations, leaving me scrambling some days. Lately, that’s been more often than not.

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday)

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

When I saw Cooking Light’s March feature about open-faced sandwiches, the photo of the eggplant sandwich stuck in my head. Their version was breaded with panko and piled with marinara and mozzarella, but all I could think about was grilled eggplant with our summer tomatoes and the big batches of basil pesto we make in… 

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Peach Mango Smoothie

Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Last month Cooking Light ran a nice feature of several smoothies that used Greek yogurt as a base. I tried several of them, including one with watermelon, cucumber, and mint (delicious). Inspired by their article, I played around with this old favorite from their archives that I adapted for Greek yogurt, and I love it!… 

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Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spices - Andrea Meyers

I planted our first carrots two years ago. We have raised beds over heavy clay soil, so I opted for shorter Danvers half longs. Crop failure the first year, then finally last year we got some. Monkey Boy was so excited when he pulled them and realized that carrots really do grow underground. So our… 

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Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto - Andrea Meyers

In 2011, we put in an asparagus bed, and for two springs we have patiently watched and tended, waiting for our first harvest. Last year we let the plants grow full and fern out, knowing this would be the year we would finally get to eat. The spears started popping last week, and I’ll say… 

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