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Clean Out the Refrigerator Meals


Quinoa with corn, spinach and pine nuts

Something’s got me cooking up quinoa, one of my favorite side dishes, and this one is a tender balance of sweetness with some unique spices and herbs that really works for me.

Salmon corn cakes even a kid could love

Made with ingredients hanging around in the fridge, these patties saved my family from a twisted, horrible fate — a vegetarian meal.

Easiest spinach and strawberry salad ever

It’s almost embarrassing how easy — and pretty! — this spinach and strawberry salad is.

Crab cakes come out spectacular despite my dad’s advice

Calling my father with a cooking question has become a frequent occurrence, and slowly but surely I’m learning when to do exactly as he says and when to trust my own instincts as a cook.

Spicy pork and black bean chili, made from leftovers

Guest Clacker Kelly Estes shares a not-too-spicy leftover story with us, using pork, black beans, chipotle and creamed corn.

Leeky, Greek-y pasta with figs and radicchio – Fresh Foodie

We had a really fun harvest this week, ranging from lots of leeks to two giant heads of radicchio and a pint of Brussels sprouts. Inspiration struck and I devised a pasta dish that would use all of those, plus some leftover fresh oregano and herbed feta I had in the fridge. Using the weekly […]

Pasta with lobster, butter beans and chives

The last clambake that my family went to, a few years back, our then almost two-year-old ate the lion’s share of my lobster. I’m a loving, giving, generous mom, so I only resented him a little bit for it, and I was secretly tickled that my crazy kid adored the bizarre shellfish. Fast forward three […]

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