Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato

The intersection of seasons makes for interesting menus sometimes. Last night, I was torn between summer food (BLTs) and winter food (grilled cheese with tomato soup) so I combined them.

Best Chicken Salad

I’ve been playing around with chicken salad and have discovered some new-to-me tricks. I’ve broken the pattern down so you can see how to customize this with different ingredients and make the best chicken salad according to suit your tastes. The Chicken For the star of the salad I usually use leftover chicken so everything […]

Chicken and Avocado Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise

I don’t normally post something as simple as a sandwich but this one is worth the effort.  The main goodness — and very easy to do — is the herb mayonnaise.  Adding some dried dill, tarragon and basil really added a lot of flavor! The other new-to-me thing was to add green onions, sliced lengthwise.  […]

Pizzettas! Small Pizzas with Loads of Flavor

Last night I cooked a few pizzettas from POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts), a cookbook I would likely not have bought without having read about everyone on Chowhound cooking from it.  The pizza dough recipe was pretty classic so use your favorite or this one. All of the pizzettas here are about 7-8″ in […]

Banh Mi Sandwiches

My friend Marnie introduced me to banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese sandwiches with pickled daikon and carrot slivers, sliced cucumber, cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers and your choice of protein. It’s hard to say what exactly makes them so delicious! The combination of sweet and pickled flavors, crunchy and soft textures–and they’re pretty to look at, too!  […]