Mise. En. Place.

Today’s inspiration from a busy lifestyle:  Mise en place.  In French it means “put in place.”  In the professional kitchen it refers to all the product a cook needs to wash, cut, chop, portion or cook ahead of time to be able to prepare your meal in a half hour or less.  At home itContinue reading “Mise. En. Place.”

Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps

Today’s lunchbox of Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps, features a wheat-free, slow roasted variation of Sam Sifton’s Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Hoisin and Ginger.  If we can’t get gluten-free hoisin sauce, I make a substitute of Tamari, brown sugar, and some fruit preserves.  Since we don’t have a slow cooker, I also modify the preparation for slow roastingContinue reading “Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps”

Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

Atkins Day 7.  Here is another quick low carb breakfast, brunch or lunch option inspired by classic wedge or cobb salads. Using crispy cool romaine lettuce as the base, combine it with whatever you happen to have in your fridge to add texture and flavor.  Today I had crunchy thinly sliced red cabbage, peppery redContinue reading “Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing”

Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad

My zucchini plants keeled over last week. I had so much hope for them, cared for them, and resisted eating the flowers so that they could produce fruit. Alas, after battling off fungus gnats, aphids, and even maggots, it was stem rot that finally did them in. I stared sadly at the orange fungus thatContinue reading “Lemon Cucumber & Tomato Salad”