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  • Only 20 minutes has you transported to Havana with Cuban-Style Picadillo made with ground beef, raisins and spices and served over rice.

    Beverly Mills leaves Desperation Dinners Dec 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    I don't love change, whether it's tweaking holiday recipes or moving across the country. I'm now in urban Washington, D.C., in a condo with my husband and the dog. My kids are flying solo, and desperation dinners at my house aren't nearly so desperate anymore. So change is here, and I'm forging ahead. Today marks my final “Desperation Dinners” column, and I'm so thankful for you, our readers, for allowing me to share recipes and stories over the years.

     
  • Easy doesn't mean less elegant. This creamy gorgonzola pasta is ready for the holiday table in 20 minutes.

    Easy, and elegant, Christmas dinner Dec 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    This year I'm serving pasta for Christmas dinner. Oh, I know Christmas dinner is a meal that deserves something extraordinary. But I'm so tired from unpacking boxes and dealing with issues in my new space that the idea of standing in the kitchen for hours putting together the perfect “Martha Stewart Dinner for 20” makes me want to crawl in one of those boxes and hide. So I'm skipping the expense and time of the huge roast (and all the trimmings), and I'm boiling some noodles.

     
  • Italian Beef Stew and Vegetables comes together quickly if you have a bath of stewed beef in your freezer.

    Mom, that beef stew was amazingDec 13, 2011 12:00 AM
    With batch-cooked Italian Stewed Beef on hand, your dinner possibilities literally multiply. Serve over rice, potatoes, polenta, ravioli or turn it into soup, stew, spaghetti sauce or lasagna. All of this can be for you and your family to use at home or to give away. Even though my girls aren't around to eat dinner with me every night, it's still really nice to hear, “Mom, that beef stew was amazing!” even in a text message.

     
  • With Italian Stewed Beef already prepared, this easy ravioli dish is ready in under 10 minutes.

    Cooking in advance makes dinner easy Dec 8, 2011 12:00 AM
    Cooking ahead can seem like a daunting task. Cooking one meal is sometimes overwhelming: How do you cook several at the same time? What if I told you that with only a 15-minute investment, you could have dinner simmering for tonight and possibly several more meals down the road? Batch cooking the protein speeds dinner to the table faster than you can call for takeout, and it’s so much healthier. Today’s Italian Stewed Beef is a slow-cooked wonder that can simmer on your countertop all day.

     
  • Serve Maple Pecan Granola with Greek yogurt, honey and fruit garmish for any holiday gathering.

    The gift of granola Nov 30, 2011 12:00 AM
    Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are heading into the biggest gift-giving season of the year, I want to share a treat that is as wonderful to distribute as it is to keep and enjoy at home. My Maple-Pecan Granola is an inexpensive treat to bake, package and give to anyone on your list. And you'll definitely want to make a couple extra batches for houseguests.

     
  • Warm and filling with just the right amount of kick, White bean and fennel stew will keep you company on any winter’s eve.

    Bean stew eases pre-holiday meal stress Nov 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    Thanksgiving is practically here. Whether you’ve been cooking for a week or you haven’t quite decided what to serve, chances are, for a regular evening’s meal, you want something besides the traditional Thanksgiving fare. So today’s hearty bean stew with the spicy flavors of hot Italian sausage and piquant fennel is simple to make, yet immensely complex in flavor. And it takes only 30 minutes to stir together

     
  • Be thankful for pumpkin bread Nov 16, 2011 12:00 AM
    Today's recipe is a beautiful example of what it truly means to be thankful. Each Thanksgiving for the past 17 years, my friend Pauline Byron has shown up on my doorstep with a freshly baked loaf of her spicy Pumpkin Bread and a handwritten note telling me how much she loves and treasures our friendship. Today, I share the recipe with you.

     
  • This crunchy-topped sweet potato casserole is surely something to be thankful for at holiday season.

    Give thanks for sweet potato casserole Nov 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    Today’s installment in “Foods To Be Thankful For” is my mom’s amazing sweet potato casserole.The humble sweet potato and the not-so-humble casserole by the same name is a plain baked sweet potato, with just a touch of butter and is enough to have me singing the veggie’s praises.

     
  • Sauce key to French-style sandwich Oct 26, 2011 12:00 AM
    I thought I knew what a good ham-and-cheese sandwich was all about until I tasted my first croque monsieur. If you're not familiar with the classic French toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich, then you are in for a real treat. What makes this sandwich so special, you ask? The secret is in the sauce.

     
  •  Already cooked lentils, whether store-bought or from your own freezer, speed you to dinner in under 15 minutes.

    Lentils make for quick, protein-packed dinner Oct 19, 2011 12:00 AM
    Brown lentils are humble little legumes that often get overlooked for a desperate dinner. While itís true that you donít have to soak them as you do other dried beans, brown lentils still take an hour to cook. That might rule out most of the possibilities they could offer a desperate cook. But what if the lentils were cooked already?

     
  • Enjoy this simple olive oil dressed salad everyday.

    Always season for potato saladOct 11, 2011 12:00 AM
    Does potato salad have a season? I don't think so. But in a recent conversation with several self-proclaimed “foodies,” I found out some folks think it is strictly a spring/summer side dish. Potato salad ingredients are simple, inexpensive and readily available year-round, so why not serve it in the fall and winter?

     
  • Brown and serve pork chops with a simple bright pasta and vegetable equals dinner in less than 20 minutes.

    Smoked pork chops for dinner Oct 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    Deja vu in the grocery store: That’s just what it felt like last week. Walking through my local supermarket, I glanced down in the meat case and spied an old reliable just begging to be picked up — smoked pork chops. I haven’t cooked with smoked pork chops in at least five years, and I don’t know why. They’re quick and easy. They’re tender and flavorful.

     
  • Classic Italian Pasta sauce comes together in a mere 20 minutes.

    Italian perfection from a non-Italian kitchen Sep 29, 2011 12:00 AM
    Sometimes a pasta sauce comes along that absolutely captivates me. That's exactly what happened on my recent trip to the French and Italian Riviera. Today's pasta sauce is so pure, so simple and yet so different from anything I've ever eaten. I wonder how I've missed it this long.

     
  • Making “iced cream” is a breeze with just four ingredients and an ice cream maker.

    ‘Iced' cream, you scream, we all scream for ‘iced' creamSep 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    A friend of mine called the other day and announced: “I'm making homemade ice cream on the deck today. Come on over.” Funny how all my “straightening up the house” plans for that Sunday afternoon disappeared at the words “homemade ice cream.” That invitation got me thinking: When is the last time I made homemade ice cream? Years ago, for sure. I've been on a sorbet kick for a while now and had all but given up on ice cream. Why? Mainly because it seems like too much work.

     
  • It doesn't matter which comes first, the chicken or the egg, when gobbling up this lean protein salad.

    Chopped salad for all Sep 15, 2011 12:00 AM
    Do you like chopped salads? I do! I love that with a chopped salad, you get a little bit of everything in every bite. When my kids were younger, a chopped salad was a sure way to get a variety of things in their dinner without turned-up noses and scowls.

     
  • Breakfast for dinner -- yum!

    A quick scramble for a long day Sep 8, 2011 12:00 AM
    Some nights when we get home after a long day we're just too tired to dive into preparing a big meal. That's how this recipe for Fresh Egg Scramble was born. Breakfast for dinner has long been a “Desperation” staple in my family. You can mix up the scramble any way you want, depending on what you have in the refrigerator.

     
  • A dash of spicy Thai sauce makes chicken salad a company-worth meal.

    Thai sauce spices up chicken salad Sep 1, 2011 12:00 AM
    Usually when I'm eating salad in a restaurant, I can figure out the ingredients. Today's recipe for Courtyard Bistro Asian Chicken Salad With Chili-Lime Vinaigrette is an exception. (The chefs at Marriott headquarters in Washington, D.C., were kind enough to share their recipe.)

     
  •  A stash of frozen stash of chicken sausage saves dinner.

    Chicken sausages save dinner Aug 24, 2011 12:00 AM
    One night I was digging through my freezer meat shelf looking for some shrimp to throw into a spaghetti sauce. And then I spotted some chicken sausages just begging to be dinner. The sausages had been pushed to the back for a few weeks, and now, it was as though I had hit the jackpot.

     
  •  For an easy and versatile summer dessert, turn to Creamy Tart with Pecan Crust and Berries.

    Desperate and delicious dessert Aug 18, 2011 12:00 AM
    Desperate desserts are hard to come by. Bakers know that cutting time out of baking or prepping is a recipe for disaster. But even desperate cooks need dessert. Todayís quick and easy recipe is just in time for the final hurrah of summerís fresh berries.

     
  • Any variety of fresh figs will work in this easy sorbet recipe.

    Fresh fig sorbet Aug 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    If you've been a reader of this column or our Kitchen Scoop blog, you know I adore figs. My grandmother had a row of tree-sized fig bushes in her backyard, and my brother and I would sit under them for hours, eating our fill of fresh figs through the summer months. California figs start producing in May and some varieties go all the way to December.

     
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