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Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 31)

February 25, 2010 - 11:26am

Last week I blogged about the one pot I couldn’t live without, my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. And that got me thinking about more kitchen tools that I hold near and dear to my heart—one in particular, my cast-iron skillet. Some of my all-time favorite recipes are made in a cast-iron skillet.

I love cooking in cast iron because it conducts heat beautifully and, if given a little TLC, the skillet will last a lifetime. Its straight high sides are the perfect vessel for a one-skillet meal, which is great for easy cleanup, and you can even use it to make dessert. A cast-iron skillet may not be fancy, but it...

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February 10, 2010 - 10:55am

If my house ever caught on fire, I wouldn’t be scrambling for my wedding album or my jewelry box. Of course I’d rescue my husband and pets, but the one item I’d fight to save is my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s the perfect vessel for cooking up a warming winter supper. It conducts heat evenly, which is perfect for braising. It goes from stovetop to oven with ease and the enamel surface makes it a breeze to clean.

Some Dutch ovens can be on the expensive side, but the truth of the matter is that many of them last forever and if they don’t, many companies will send you a replacement. Mine has taken a lot of abuse and it keeps on ticking. In...

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February 3, 2010 - 11:01am

I like to make salsa at home—it’s simple and I can make it just as I like it: red or green, hot or mild, lots of or little cilantro, with a little fruit thrown in, or simple tomato like this Salsa Rojo recipe. But there are also some great jarred salsas on supermarket shelves, which are handy to have in your refrigerator for a quick appetizer when all your friends decide at the last minute, that they’ll be watching the Super Bowl at your house.

(For more recipe ideas for your impromptu fiesta, check out our Chips and Dips, Super Bowl favorites and...

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January 20, 2010 - 2:54pm

Last week was super-busy for me. I had bills to pay, people to see and a very cluttered house to clean. I never felt like I could get ahead, let alone give myself time to fix dinner. When I need to eat and get on to something else, I find it hard not to reach for the phone and just order pizza for delivery. But in the time it takes me to order and actually get the pie, I could make an ultra-quick recipe (and I also wouldn’t feel guilty for ordering pizza). It’s not hard to make dinner in 20 minutes—especially if you focus your meal around quick-cooking chicken.

Here are some ultra-quick chicken recipes that I like to make instead of ordering takeout:

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January 15, 2010 - 11:28am

As part of my pledge to eat healthier this year, I’ve decided to cut back a little on my meat consumption—a tall order for such a carnivore. I dug through my recipes and pulled out some vegetarian recipes that will help me make eating meatless delicious. Spinach-&-Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos is a favorite of mine because the oven-roasted mushroom caps come out juicy and tender, almost meaty, so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. Staying healthy and eating less meat is better for the environment, too—so watch out veggies, here I come! (Want to eat meatless for a whole month? Try the recipes in our 28-day Vegetarian...

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