Chicken meatballs over quinoa in a coconut curry sauce

Chicken meatballs over quinoa in a coconut curry sauce

Curry dishes are one of my favorite go-tos for a quick and flavorful home-cooked meal. 
The spice combinations lend a depth that’s hard to come by in a 20-minute dinner, and the sauciness ties a dish of whatever-is-left-in-the-fridge components together. 

The term “curry” might be intimidating for some home cooks. It’s a broad term that refers to a dish usually consisting of meat or vegetables, cooked in a sauce loaded with spices like turmeric. I was hesitant to make curries, certain they required more work and specialized ingredients than I had time for. Then I got into a groove.

How to make toast for dinner: Try this peachy tomato version

How to make toast for dinner: Try this peachy tomato version

Served with a nice crisp green salad on the side, fancy toast can absolutely be a weeknight dinner.

This one showcases some lovely summer produce: peaches and tomatoes. The bread matters, too: I used cinnamon-raisin bread for this one to make it a sweeter, breakfast-type toast. But it would be really good with a thick sourdough or hearty wheat. The sturdier, the better.

Start by toasting some thickly sliced bread. Place toasted bread on a flat surface, then spread 1 ounce goat cheese across 1 slice.

Try stuffed peppers for a quick dinner when you're having people over

Try stuffed peppers for a quick dinner when you're having people over

Let's talk about kitchen meltdowns.

We all have them. Right? I definitely do. For me, they're usually the result of not realistically planning for how long something will take to cook (that chicken is still pink inside?!), or trying to do way too much, like making four different entrees when my family comes over.

My brother and his girlfriend are vegans (and I, pretty avowedly, am not). My husband’s still on that keto diet. And then there’s just general pickiness. Cooking for everyone at once can be trying. It's like a math equation: What can I add here that will please everyone? What do I need to subtract to make the dish vegan friendly? What nondairy products can I add to my own pantry that I will actually use again?

Got some gorgeous summer cherries? Make this Cherry Almond Cobbler

Got some gorgeous summer cherries? Make this Cherry Almond Cobbler

It’s the season for cherries, and while they work in a ton of recipes both savory and sweet, I was inspired recently by my favorite dessert growing up: cherry pie. Store-bought crust, big can of Duncan Hines cherry filling — delicious.

This cobbler achieves that same sort of gorgeous jammy cherry vibe, with fresh cherries that are tossed with sugar and then baked under a crust made with ground almonds, cornmeal and a little bit of flour. It’s different but just familiar enough.

This Pineapple Gin Freezer is a refreshing adult slushie for summer

This Pineapple Gin Freezer is a refreshing adult slushie for summer

It is nice as an adult to be able to pull a cocktail recipe or two out of your back pocket when you want to drink something at home slightly fancier than Leftover Can of Beer in Fridge. I've been trying to learn a couple of standard recipes that involve just a few ingredients (so much freshly squeezed lime juice; why do so many drinks involve freshly squeezed lime juice?).