Coquilles Saint Jacques – 374 Cal

Can you have an exotic French dish like Coquilles Saint Jacques while on Dad’s Diet? Of course! One seashell serving is 374 and although it’s not filling alone, combined with a nice salad and maybe 50z of white wine, you’ve got a meal worthy of a romance novel for under 550. That’s perfect for one…

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Chicken Cordon Bleu & Scalloped Potatoes – 398 Cal

When I tell people they can have Cordon Bleu on a diet, they usually laugh. The secret is portion size and a little cheating. In this version, each piece is 1/2 a chicken breast flattened; a small piece of off-the-bone ham (not processed); shredded cheese; and an amazing sauce. It’s not only delicious but a…

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Drunken Pasta

I can’t think of a better dish during self-isolation (Covid-19). With all that extra wine sitting around, and not wanting to drink all day, I came up with a plan for dinner: drunken pasta. Now, despite using 2 cups of wine, don’t be alarmed. You won’t get drunk off this dish. It is, however, decadent,…

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Balsamic Chicken with Figs and Onion with Mashed Cauliflower

One thing Young Oppenheimer had in ready supply at his Oswego Grocery Consortium was figs… lots of fresh figs. (New York Fried, Copyright 2019 Sunao Publishing). As a result, Artichoke Hart created several dishes using the sweet fruit. One hit was this one, especially when combined with cauliflower mashed. Cauliflower being the “hot” ingredient at…

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Sliced Vegetables in a Coconut Cream Sauce

We have a great new restaurant near us serving fusion Italian/Armenian dishes. Everything is unique and soooo good. I’ve attempted to whip up this tropical-flavored dish and it comes close. Creamy Caribbean flavors with equal parts linguine and long sliced root vegetables. INGREDIENTS Carrots, squash, zucchini, shaved into long, thin slices. Soak in white wine.…

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Creamy Scampi & Chicken (Mild Jambalaya)

I am a Canadian of British heritage, so my stomach can’t tolerate most Cajun dishes, but my mind insists that I try.  Much to my dismay while visiting New Orleans twice in my life, I have found that “hot” spices do not make a dish tastier to my palate; they, in fact, make it intolerable.…

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Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon

Salmon tastes great with very little help, but when you’re tired of the traditional lemon-style seasonings, try this butter and honey variation. It’s sweet and oh, so tasty! The Artichoke Hart uses this as a Friday night “fish” dish. Thanks to Karina at CafeDelites.com Ingredients 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) honey 2-3 cloves garlic, minced* 1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon…

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Shakshuka…a delightful way to start (or end) the day

My son visited last night. He attends University in Toronto and has been integrating himself with various cultures including the middle east, the Mediterranean, and especially Israel (he lives with a Jewish family). He offered to make this dish and since having another chef in my kitchen is a rarity, I offered him the stove.…

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