Homemade Mustard Vinaigrette

America's Test Kitchen Mustard Vinaigrette

I’ve been using my America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook pretty regularly over the last year because it’s got lots of great dinner recipes that can be put together in 45 minutes or less.  One of my favorite sections in the book (especially in summer!) is Salad for Supper. The BLT salad from that section […]

Strawberry Pear Salad


This is my family’s very favorite salad of late. Not only is it delicious and beautiful, it’s really easy too. It’s kind of a riff on the Mandarin Spinach salad I shared with you a little while back, as it uses the same dressing. To make the dressing, you just shake the ingredients in a […]

Easy, Ridiculously Good Roasted Carrots

ridiculously good roasted carrots

I’ll give you once chance to guess where I got this recipe. I know. That wasn’t even a challenge, was it? Cook’s Illustrated, of course, is the source. (duh.) I’ve been trying to add some variety to our vegetable dishes, since the whole steam-and-then-add-butter-salt-and-pepper thing gets awfully boring after a while. And raw veggies are […]

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Herbs


We’ve been eating green beans around here for a long time…the steamed sort, topped with butter, salt, and freshly-ground black pepper. They’re good, but nothing extraordinary. Just a standard veggie side-dish. I’ve been looking for ways to spice up my vegetable preparation, though, so I flipped through my Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook and happened across this […]

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Sugared Almonds


I got this easy recipe from a church friend, and I think it’s delicious, so of course I want to share it with you. You should so throw together a bowl of it. Like most salads, it’s quite customizable. You can use whatever greens you have a hankering for, you can use strawberries or some […]

Indulgent Scalloped Potatoes


We don’t eat tons of potatoes here at Chez FG (no particular reason, really!), but when we do, one of our favorite dishes is scalloped potatoes. Of course, I use a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, because Cook’s is awesome. Mmm-hmmm. This version of Scalloped Potatoes is not remotely low-fat (however, it is delicious!). In fact, […]