The MOM 100 Blog

  • Cheesy Orzo Casserole

    Recipe: Very Cheesy Orzo Casserole

    You like cheese, right?  I’m guessing you do, because you are looking at this recipe.  I love cheese and cannot bear to throw away the smallest chunk, so every once in a while I realize the my refrigerator is filled with about 14 kinds of cheese bits and pieces, none of them attractive enough to... MORE

  • Mexican marinated rib eye steak

    Recipe: Grilled Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks

    Our good friend Charlie (one of two other Charlies in our lives, both known as Big Charlie in case we get confused thinking someone is referring to our own Little Charlie) was coming to dinner.  When Big Charlie M. is coming over, he is not looking for me to experiment with a Radicchio and Endive... MORE

  • Charlie and Jen McClean of City Harvest accepting the check from the National Peanut Board

    Good Deeds

    Last year just before my dad died, my younger son Charlie cooked up a plan.  He’s always been highly affected when he sees a homeless or hungry person on the street, on the subway.  Since he was old enough to register other people’s situations, he has asked me to give him some money to offer... MORE

  • molten chocolate cake

    Recipe: Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakes

    There are some sentences you can’t quite imagine yourself saying.  Some of my examples: “I am playing opposite Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible movie.” “I am leading a 6 week climbing expedition in the Andes.” “No, I don’t want fries with that.” Here’s another, “Oh, I’d love to attend, but next week I’m... MORE

  • tomatoes with mint basil pesto

    Recipe: Tomatoes with Mint Basil Pesto

    My garden is a 10 x 14 foot plot of weeds.  A few years ago I made it bigger, so I could grow more weeds.  This year I have outdone myself. I have really amazed myself, and my friends and family, with my weed growing prowess.  I know because when people visit they look at... MORE

  • Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Marinade

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Marinade

    If someone is being teased in my kids’ presence I would very much expect them to stand up and defend whomever was being picked on.  Which is why I end up sometimes feeling guilty for sitting quietly while some culinary elitist maligns the guileless chicken breast.  “Dark meat is the only way to go, and... MORE

  • Tomato, Mozzarella, Corn and Basil Pasta Salad

    Recipe: Simplest Tomato, Corn, Basil and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

    One of the things I need to constantly remind myself of, and relearn and relearn is the art of NOT adding one more thing to a recipe.  It’s often so tempting – there’s that jar of artichoke hearts!  There’s that leftover tapenade!  It’s not that these ingredients wouldn’t be welcome in the dish…it’s that the... MORE

  • katie in gutted kitchen

    The Birth of a New Kitchen

    When kind people hear you are doing any kind of renovation, they rush to commiserate.  “It always takes so much longer than they said it would,” “The dust gets everywhere,” “Add 50% to whatever they estimated it would cost,” “Are you actually living there during the construction?  Oh, that sucks.” All of the above is... MORE

  • cornbread with wedge taken out

    Recipe: Bacon, Fresh Corn and Oregano Cornbread

    New recipes in my house are born of various things. In this case it was a new corn kernel stripper sent to me by OXO.  As I type these words they seem tantalizingly wrong (“Hi, I’m Candy.  I’m here to strip your corn.”). It was just a cool device, part of a lovely package they... MORE

  • sliced london broil

    Recipe: Grilled Marinated London Broil

    I hope this doesn’t piss off the London Broil council, but I have never understood why London Broil was such a popular cut of meat. Supposedly it’s great grilled or broiled ( really, as it should be) or seared, but most of the time when I’ve tried it I’ve ended up with a tough steak,... MORE

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