Posts Tagged ‘ kid friendly ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Cornbread Pot Pie

I got this idea on a whim on a chilly, rainy Saturday night and thought I’d throw together a quick, easy pot pie with ingredients from my pantry, combining elements from four or five recipes that I found online. Turns out that while it wasn’t complicated, it wasn’t remotely quick — it took more than […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Lazy Slow Cooker Cacciatore

My mother didn’t like to cook, in spite of the fact that she did it six days a week. While I long ago abandoned such childhood specialties as elbow macaroni coated in melted Velveeta, there’s one quickie meal that I’ve returned to: lazy cacciatore. “Real” cacciatore has all kinds of ingredients, including mushrooms, wine and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I eat oats every weekday morning. No, really. Whether it’s regular old rolled oats or homemade muesli, it’s my go-to breakfast. Steel cut oats are great, but who has time to make them on a regular weekday morning when I’m juggling emails, school lunch-making and kid-dressing to even contemplate monitoring something on the stove. I’ve […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Lemony Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Lemon Pasta Primavera This is a variation on a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for spaghetti al limone, a great recipe in its own right. I’ve modified it to add spring vegetables, using whatever I had on hand, to create a makeshift primavera. The heavy cream makes the recipe sound daunting and heavy, but 1/4 cup spread […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Indoor Barbecued Brisket

I found this recipe in the Cook’s Illustrated “Spring Entertaining” supplement that I bought at Costco. It’s a good recipe, and available nowhere online that I can find (not even cooksillustrated.com), so I thought that I should share it here. The key to the recipe, in my humble opinion? Coffee BBQ Dry Rub from Muddy […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Toaster Oven S’mores

S’mores are yummy, but it’s a rare day where we’ve actually cooked something over the coals. I decided to work with what I had, wing it, and see if I could do an indoor version. Turns out that the answer is yes! I tried it a few different ways, including adding the chocolate during the […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Baked Beans

You’ll probably end up seeing a lot about beans in this “Try Something New” column. For years, beans managed to elude me, leaving me with giant pots filled with tough pellets or overcooked mush. But now that I actually know a little something about cooking, it’s my goal to figure out how to make all […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Roasted Cauliflower

I like cauliflower… as long as it’s raw. Try as I might, I’ve just never been a fan of it when it’s cooked. Of course, it recently dawned on me that my objection to it might just be the fact that I’d always been served cauliflower that was overcooked. It was time to find out […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Wing-It Red Beans and Rice

I read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food again, and I wanted to try more recipes with dried beans (an ingredient that I often struggle with), whole grains and minimal meat. I read several recipes for red beans and rice, but none of them felt right. Plus, I couldn’t get a ham hock to save […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Spaghetti Squash

I’ve tried spaghetti squash before, and really, it’s a very likable veggie. How can you go wrong with anything that can be served like a pasta? For me, once a food meets tomato or parmesan, it achieves hallowed status. The problem is that I haven’t been able to convince the Tiny Kitchen Assistant that this […] Read More