no judgment if you start making these every morning
Having a good pancake recipe in the repertoire is pretty key in establishing some good chill weekend vibes in your household. My husband starting making pancakes for our kids on weekends when they were very small and has spent years perfecting our family recipe. They beg for these (and so do their friends on sleep-overs) any Sunday morning when hockey doesn’t have us at the rink at an obscene hour. Though we never have the foresight to do this, you can make the batter the night before and refrigerate to save time. We just made these on vacation with friends in Cape Cod (popular enough for repeat performances!). Below find our family’s recipe for delicious pancakes that makes enough for about 6 satisfied kids or adults (depending on appetites).
My youngest is turning seven and has been dreaming of her next birthday cake since her sixth birthday. So many decisions: should it be ice cream or cake? What flavor should it be?What kind of frosting? Is there some way to incorporate candy? We were getting closer to the big day and she declared “imagine a cake with as many delicious treats as possible? That’s what I would love.” Having your birthday during a pandemic gives you the right to ask for a cake with as many treats in it as possible. So I obliged. My friend Sarah (who had a business making baked treats) sent me some ideas and I looked through Pinterest for examples. The result, this triple layer chocolate cookies and cream ice cream cake was as much fun to craft as it was to eat! Full disclosure–nothing’s from scratch here (hey even Ina Garten says it is ok to do that sometimes). Knowing what matters to a seven year-old, I put my energy into design and construction and loved serving it to huge smiles.
In Redgate Kitchen’s other chocolate and peanut butter cups recipe I presented a nearly guilt-free version of a classically delicious treat. Here, I present my totally decadent dark chocolate peanut butter cups, inspired by Samantha Senevirante’s. Like the first ones, you can make these dairy-free. A word of caution, these are dangerously easy to make. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
filo wrapped marinated chicken and roasted sliced potatoes
Sami Tamimi’s chicken shawarma pie, from his amazing new cookbook Falastin, is some next-level middle eastern cooking. Besides being beautiful to look at, the different flavors in this dish work together magically. Whether you’re entertaining guests or feeding your family, this chicken shawarma pie is certain to leave a memorable impression. Below is my version, which I prepare dairy free.
breakfast or lunch omelette wrapped in a crispy pita
My good friend Sarah (an amazing cook and baker) got me hooked on Nadiya Hussain’s Time to Eat Netflix show where she shares stress-free recipes. Our new breakfast obsession is my version of her crispy egg roll wrap. Make it your own by choosing your toppings and spreads and you will love this super easy crispy egg roll wrap!
Light, healthy, and quick, these grilled fish tacos are a simple and fresh meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes. A well-seasoned piece of grilled fish (any white variety such as cod or halibut in New England, grouper in the southeast, mahi mahi in the west) pairs perfectly with a colorful, zesty, and crunchy cabbage slaw in a warm flour or corn tortilla. Top with a slice of avocado, a pinch of lime, and a sprinkle of cilantro and you have yourself a perfect summer dinner.
if you’re trying to eat more plants, make sure they’re tasty
Grilled or roasted, sweet potatoes are always delicious. Drizzle them with a tahini sauce and sesame seeds and they will be a star meal or a perfect side. Below are the details you need to get this super quick sweet potato toast and tahini lunch, dinner or side on the table.
You will have to add this to your roasted veggie repertoire because it will become an instant favorite with family and friends. Simply roasted carrots are taken to the next level when drizzled with a nutty and slightly sweet tahini-date glaze. The dish is even more beautiful when prepared with multi-colored carrots. You will love eating the rainbow when you tuck into this dish. Inspired by Adeena Sussman’s delicious recipe in Sababa.
Tofu is my go-to for a quick and easy protein lunch or dinner. Slice, marinate, and roast it. Toss it on top of some cooked and well-seasoned udon noodles and serve it with some crunchy raw veg, a scattering of chopped herbs and you’ve got yourself a quick and delicious meal.
I know what you’re thinking. Another chocolate chip cookie recipe? Ok, fair enough, but even so, you’re welcome. This one, I guarantee, will become your fast fave. Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery has become a Boston institution. Her baked goods are outrageously delicious. Below I detail her chocolate chunk cookies (with my minor subs of dark chocolate chips for the chopped semi-sweet and milk chocolate; and a touch more vanilla). I know these will be calling your name right after you “Leave Meeting” later today…