For the healthy eater, cupcakes might seem like a non-starter; completely off the table. Except, my 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, did something very wise that changed everything for me last year.
There are as many versions of Thai curry as there are provinces of the country — perhaps as many as there are Thai cooks. Thailand is at the center of Southeast Asia, and its cooking has influenced and been influenced by the cuisines of many countries, from India to China.
In an effort to cut down on the preparation time for this recipe, I’ve called for a store-bought creole or jerk spice mix. But feel free to conjure up your own. As long as it includes ground chipotle or hot paprika or cayenne, you’ll win.
Each cow has two skirts steaks — the inside and the outside, which is the most flavorful. Most grocery stores simply label their skirt steak, “skirt” but if you can find a butcher who offers both, be sure to ask for the outside skirt.
Busy lives need quick meals that don’t require a ton of prep, crazy ingredients or lots of dishes because the last thing I want to do after a long day of work, kids activities and homework-checking is a counter loaded up with dishes.
Be resourceful; you don’t want to miss out on this summer joy.
Blueberries can vary wildly in flavor and texture, even when they’re in season and locally grown. They can be very sweet or tart, large and soft, or small and crunchy. Occasionally, they can also be sort of bland. But even a bland berry can be pointed up with a few ingredients.
And don’t get me wrong, those little oinkers taste better than anything else you deign to spend wood and fire on.
Flour, salt, yeast, water. That’s it. From those simple ingredients you can make delicious home-made bread. And you can even make it in under 24 hours.