Hearty Corn & White Bean Chowder with Shrimp

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 11, 2012

in fish or seafood, shrimp, simple recipe, vegetables

One of my very favorite thing about summer cooking is the general lack of actual cooking. Ingredients are so fresh, and things just taste the way they’re supposed to. Give me a great tomato with a little salt and I’m a happy girl. Sometimes though, the lack of cooking needs to turn into actual cooking […]


Maple Soy Sesame Salmon Salads

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 28, 2012

in fish or seafood, vegetables

I’ve always had a bit of a phobia cooking fish at home. Sure, I can lightly bread and oven bake a tilapia filet just like the next person, but cooking fish well freaked me out. The anxiety increased the more expensive the fish is. Tilapia = low anxiety Wild-caught salmon = fairly high anxiety A […]

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Cedar-Planked Salmon & Cacio e Pepe

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on June 7, 2012

in grilling, simple recipe, vegetables

Oh hi there. I forget every year exactly how insane the end of the school year is. Oh well, I survived yet another year, finishing up my 9th year teaching. It’s kind of hard to believe. After many days of eating simple stuff from the fridge, eating far too much carry-out, and staying up far […]


Wordless Wednesday

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 18, 2012

in Asian, friends, sushi

A dinner date with Biz! It amazes me that we don’t get together more often… calamari fries, shared Biz’s chicken and seafood yakisoba spicy tuna and jalapeño and white tuna roll Philly roll Lava cake and green tea ice cream, shared   


Adventures in San Francisco: Day 2

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 9, 2011

in fish or seafood, friends, travel

Where’d we leave off? Oh right, Diana and I had eaten the meal of our lives at Chez Panisse, taken a cab there and back, and gotten to bed decidedly too late. Like, way too late. As in 12:30 a.m. California time which was 2:30 a.m. Chicago time, which is where my brain was. A […]