Italian Baked Flounder

When it comes to fish, my family's palates run the gamut. My husband only eats certain fish. My son will try most and my daughter won't try any. So, usually, I'm never serving fish at home for dinner. Until last night... I had a rare opening with one kid home for dinner!  Of course I took advantage. I've always been reluctant to cook fish at home for many reasons, the main one being a smelly in the kitchen that lingers for days.  However, I began using pleasing pungent whole spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves and citrus peels … [Read more...]

Flounder in Lemon Butter Sauce

Back to reality. Back to schedules. Back to meal planning. I took a nice long-two week vacation from making dinners 4-5 nights a week and it was wonderful. Not having to worry about meal planning on a tight weeknight schedule was such a stress relief. However, no sooner did I unpack our bags that I felt the pressure seep back in. I figured I’d ease myself into the dinnertime routine. Last night, I made one of Mom’s simplest recipes: Flounder in Lemon Butter. I knew my daughter wouldn’t be home for dinner so that gave me the … [Read more...]

Flounder Picatta

I've taken at least two weeks off from cooking.  Between the end of school year activities, send off to sleep away camp, a trip to LA  and an unexpected surgery, my kitchen has not been used other than to heat pre-made food or to enjoy some carry out. And you know what? It was ok.  I'm learning that sometimes it's good to take a break from something and take time to regroup. Well, I'm happy to say that I (finally) got back in the kitchen yesterday.  It's also the first time I've felt up to putting together a meal. And, I'm so happy I … [Read more...]