Crouton’s Salade Niçoise

Our State of the Union speech night dinner was a nice Niçoise, which is a really awful pun, since Niçoise basically means “Nice-style,” after the city on the French Riviera. I promise not to do it again.

Ditalini and I wanted a salad, and after Caesar and his sidekick Cobb, Niçoise is probably the best-known […]


Crouton’s Taco Salad

Taco salad is pretty generic, and ingredients vary depending on taste and what’s on hand. It’s a great one-dish meal, and easy to make. Here’s how I do it:


1 lb ground beef 1 pkg taco seasoning 1 can chili beans iceberg lettuce, shredded red leaf lettuce, shredded red onion or scallions, chopped […]


Salad with Grilled Salmon

Ditalini came up with this great grilled salmon salad. She makes the salad and dressing; I grill the salmon.

Ingredients (Salad)

mixed salad greens red/yellow/green salad peppers, sliced red onion, sliced cherry tomatoes, whole green & black olives, pitted mozarella cheese

Ingredients (Salmon)

1 lb salmon filet 1 tbsp butter 3-4 tbsp honey chopped […]


Crouton’s Chicken Satay w/Cucumber Salad & Frites

When we lived in Holland we discovered satay, the Indonesian/Thai peanut sauce served with skewered pork and chicken, even as a dip for pommes frites (French fried potatoes). We still love satay, and occasionally make it with chicken and our own version of frites.

Of course you can make satay sauce from scratch, but I’ll […]


Christmas Eve Seafood

We invited all our single friends over to help us decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. Of course one has to give in order to receive, so we lured them over with promises of food. Our traditional Christmas Eve feast is seafood, and this year was no exception. We served boiled shrimp as an appetizer. […]


Parmesan Chicken with Sautéed Green Beans & Tomato/Mozzarella Salad

I was on deck for dinner last night so I decided to prepare one of Ditalini’s favorites: Parmesan chicken. Sautéed green beans and tomato/mozzarella salad seemed like they would go well with the chicken, and you know what? They did. This is an easy little dinner to prepare, and one I’ve long promised to add […]


A Birthday Dinner with Friends

In these recessionary times, sharing dinner at home with friends is becoming a larger part of our social life. If it’s a friend’s birthday, so much the better. Our buddy Rudy from Las Vegas came to visit this weekend; since his birthday is Monday we invited our posse over to celebrate.

Mary Anne, […]


Crouton’s Pasta Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella


3-4 large tomatoes (or 8 plum tomatoes) 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 t. dried basil) 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano salt & pepper (to taste) 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp drained capers 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese 8 oz fresh Mozzarella (diced into approximately 1/4-inch cubes, or […]