The Flying Fork

Ramen bowls with crispy beef make a quick and satisfying dinner

Meganstuke

Ramen: the college student's best friend. I actually went all the way through college not having once even tried ramen. I just couldn't bring myself to do it as the idea sounded repulsive. Also, it hadn't occurred to me at that point that I could probably dress up the 10-cent ...

Brussels sprouts for grown-ups

Meganstuke

We all agree that we like Brussels sprouts now, right? I mean, growing up I never saw one, let alone ate one, and they were the fabled vegetable served by witches or those otherwise meaning to do harm to children, right? But it turns out that they're quite good. Awesome, ...

Avocado chicken salad a refreshing twist on an old favorite

Meganstuke

Lately, my family has been eating rather a lot of chicken. The price of beef is part of the driver for that, but I've also found that my children like chicken, and I can often buy fairly large quantities of it on sale. The problem, though, is often in the ...

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese: This is not your mama's sandwich

Meganstuke

No one in my house is a big fan of sandwiches. Traditional sandwiches are boring, cold, sometimes slimy, and reminiscent of grade school lunch boxes. So when I say we're having sandwiches for dinner, you better believe it's not gonna be two slices of white bread with cheap cold cuts ...

Life's a peach, so make some shortcakes

Meganstuke

Who said all shortcake had to be topped with strawberries? It turns out, my kids aren't huge fans of strawberries — something to do with the seeds. This made me sad, because I have fond memories of strawberry shortcake all summer long when I was growing up. Often, it was ...

Local salsa and a simple margarita add up to a quick patio party

Meganstuke

So, I'm taking the Farm Fresh Challenge. Are you? This nifty program is designed to encourage us all to shop for local foods and eat a little bit more healthy (and locally) than maybe we were before. It's not always easy for me to do. I'll admit to finding it ...

Cooling off with a cucumber salad, cocktail

Meganstuke

If you don't have a garden, you probably know someone who does who's got cucumbers coming out of their ears. I promise. 'Tis the season. I have a friend or co worker hand me a big beauty almost every day. What to do with all these cukes? I mean, dice ...

Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

Meganstuke

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen or garden. I also like to avoid turning on the oven, but when the heat index is over 100 degrees, sometimes indoor cooking is a ...

Pork Crostini with corn relish fancy fare for summer

Meganstuke

In the summer, when food revolves around salads and grills and fresh vegetables, I often forgo things that seem fancy or fussy. We eat whole foods that don't require much in the way of chopping, or even turning on the oven. But I am also interested in using up every ...

Fast frittata makes great breakfast for dinner

Meganstuke

A frittata is basically a crustless quiche. I make them often because it's a quick way to make a nice breakfast for several people, or to make a dinner out of really inexpensive ingredients. They are great for "refrigerator cleanout" because you can add whatever veggies or meat or cheese ...

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