Deconstructed beef stroganoff

Does your beef stroganoff fall flat because the beef is missing that good seared crust and pink center? We feel ya. To us, that’s reason enough to do a trendy “deconstructed” version. Here it is, and considering this is one of Suzy’s favorite dishes, we’ve never had better. Our plan was to sear a nice…

Basics: Make your own semolina pasta

Sometimes, cooking is just about getting fed. You crank out a meal to get on with your day, hopefully with minimal effort. Think ham sandwich. But sometimes, people like us cook for the sheer pleasure of the process. If there are more steps in the recipe, that’s a good thing. On days like those, sometimes…

Pesto with an Asian influence

Pesto is usually associated with Italian cooking, but you can tweak the basic basil/olive oil/Parmesan formula to fit other cuisines. With a little Thai basil and bok choy in hand, we wanted to turn it into a side dish for an Asian-influenced meal. The results were a definite keeper. The name pesto is the past…

Traditional, delicious pasta carbonara

Pasta is comfort food. It is also a versatile, empty canvas ready to become a masterpiece by adding any flavor or ingredient that suits you. We make our own pasta occasionally, but often use either fresh or dried pasta for a quick weeknight meal. Straight outta the Grimm pantry/fridge hails a family favorite: pasta alla…

Check out this light shrimp and orzo salad

It was one of those fake spring days in Colorado, where it is warm enough to make you think spring is here and the snow is done. (It snowed a few days after.) Fake spring days always put us in the mood to fake celebrate with spring-feeling dishes for dinner. Like this one. Suzy envisioned…

Super easy, super tasty lemon-mushroom pasta

Love mushrooms? Love lemons? Well then, you are gonna love this pasta. The lemon “cooks” the mushrooms while they join hands with the fresh herbs to add just the right brightness to the dish. Made the mistake of buying precut *gasp* mushrooms … I know, I know, but they were on sale. The thing is,…