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November 2013



Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Lunch, Pasta, Roasting, Vegetables, Vegetarian


I’ve said it time and time and time and time again. Pasta is one of my go-to meals for a quick and easy dinner. It has come to the rescue many times. It just happens, doesn’t it? The dinner hour arrives and there’s nothing to eat… dun dun dun.


Usually my solution is to boil some salted water for pasta and sauté some veggies. But, this time, I thought that it might be nice to get a little more creative.

One of my favorite, all time best, totally the yummiest ways to eat veggies is when they are roasted. Don’t even get me started on how they taste… Ok do. They get kinda sweet, a bit nutty, crispy outside, tender inside. I can eat a whole pan by myself. No joke. I usually make extra because I know how much I want on my plate, and I know that I have to share with Tim. Yes, I’m selfish that way. I don’t like to share my roasted veggies.



I liked shells for this dish, but I think elbows would be delicious, rotini could be amazing, maybe even orzo would be good… You get it. Use the pasta that you and your family love best. I just like the shells because the sauce seems to get trapped and makes each bite so much yummier. Oh, and also, they’re multi-colored and they look fun.


Maybe it’s a pasta night tonight. There are endless ways to make it great.

Happy Eating!

Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Pasta, Cheese, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Roasting, Stove Top, Oven
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4
  • 1 small head garlic, top sliced off
  • drizzle of olive oil (for garlic)
  • 3 C summer squash, cut into large chunks
  • 1 1/2 C tomato, cut into large chunks
  • 1 C onion, cut into large chunks
  • olive oil (for veggies)
  • salt (for veggies)
  • pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T all purpose flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 C pasta water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C cheese (pepper jack and parmesan)
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1 t unsalted butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Drizzle garlic with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet a roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add to garlic baking sheet and continue to bake for about 25-30 minutes more.
  4. Cook pasta, reserving 1/2 C starchy water for sauce before draining.
  5. Heat a medium pot. Add 2 T olive oil. When hot, whisk in flour. Cook for 30-60 seconds. Slowly add milk, a little at a time, whisking and letting it thicken between additions. Heat until steam rises, but do not boil (sauce may break). Add pasta water.
  6. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese, a bit at a time. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Mash 6 cloves of roasted garlic and whisk into sauce. Stir in butter. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Combine pasta with veggies and sauce. Let it stand a few minutes before serving.




November 2013



Chicken Pot Pie – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Baking, Dinner, Herbs, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Leftovers, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Potatoes, Poultry, Vegetables


It’s cold. It’s fall. It’s the perfect weather for Chicken Pot Pie.

I would, I could, I will eat it any time of year. But, I especially love to eat cozy foods when the weather co-operates.


Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorites. That might be why I have made it twice, once on each show. 😉 You can see the original here.

I don’t know if I’ve ever not liked it. I mean, can you really go wrong with a flaky crust (I used Aimée’s recipe this time, yum!), sautéed veggies, and a creamy sauce?! You are shaking your head no too, right?




I would almost be happy just to look at it. Even the one I made for the most recent show, as ugly as I made it (I had some trouble crimping the crust… I think I need more practice), still looked amazing. But, then you cut into it… Steam pours out and you get a whiff. Oh that filling… And you know that you have to eat it right away. Something this good just can’t be made to wait.


Happy Eating!

Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Dinner, Meat, Chicken, Poultry, Vegetables, Stove Top, Oven, Baking
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4-6
A classic comfort food, this Chicken Pot Pie is perfect for a cool fall evening.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 C carrots, chopped or diced
  • 1 onion, chopped or diced
  • 1 C potatoes, chopped or diced
  • 1 C zucchini, chopped or diced
  • 1 t fresh savory, chopped
  • 1/4 t dried rosemary
  • 1/4 t dried thyme
  • 1/4 t dried oregano
  • 1/4 t dried parsley
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 3/4 C peas (frozen are fine)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 to 2 C cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 T all purpose flour (or 1 T cornstarch for gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 C cold water (or stock)
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 egg white, beaten with a fork
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat ovenproof skillet. Add olive oil. Add carrots through pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic, chicken, peas, dijon, and lemon juice. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour (or cornstarch) and water. Add to pan. Bring to a boil and let it thicken for a few minutes. Add milk and cook a few minutes more, but do not boil.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Top with crust (be careful, the pan is hot) and crimp edges with fingers or a fork. Brush with egg white. Make three or four slits in the center of the crust.
  7. Place ovenproof skillet on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden and flaky.



November 2013



Vegetarian Enchiladas – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Baking, Beans, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Leftovers, Legumes, Main Dishes, Rice, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Sometimes I feel like I can’t quite get ahead. Like I’m stuck in a downward spiral. Overwhelmed by a never ending list of things to do. Sometimes. Or right now.

I understand why people resort to take out and pre-made meals. My go-to meals have been random leftovers, grilled cheese, and pancakes. I feel like I don’t have time to cook. I feel like I don’t have time for anything… except work. Isn’t it funny that my job is food, but I don’t have time for it?!

I’m realizing that part of the fault lays in my time management. I can make list after list after list, but if I spend all my time on figuring out when to do it all, I’ll never have time to get it done. So I’ve put away the day planner… for a while. I’m focusing on getting things done. I’m trying to do my best at what I love. I’m working on more than just feeding us so we have the calories we need, but instead finding a balance between working hard and having time to spend on the rest of life. I don’t know that I’m finding much success. Yet. I’m working on it.




For days like these, there are meals like this one. It can be made ahead of time and frozen. It can be whipped up the night of in no time at all. It’s yummy enough to serve to guests, simple enough to eat on a weeknight. And the leftovers, if there are any, are perfect for the next day’s lunch.


Enchiladas to the rescue!

Vegetarian Enchiladas
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Easy, Dinner, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Legumes, Beans, Rice, Stove Top, Oven, Leftovers
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4-6
A veggie filled twist on enchiladas.
  • Filling: 1 t olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 C black beans
  • 1 C mixture of cranberry and kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 C cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 C corn (frozen is fine)
  • Sauce: 2 C tomato sauce
  • 1 C vegetable stock (optional)
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • For assembling: 6-8 tortillas
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C pepper jack cheese, grated
  • salsa, for serving
  • Greek yogurt, for serving
  • tomato, chopped, for serving
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Heat a skillet and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add zucchini through chili powder (in filling section). Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat.
  3. Add rice, beans, garlic, and corn. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  4. Whisk sauce ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Pour about 1/2 into the bottom of a large greased ovenproof dish.
  5. Divide filling between tortillas. Tuck ends in and roll up. Place seam side down in sauce.
  6. Top with remaining sauce (or enough sauce to partially cover), and sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until cheese and sauce are bubbly.
  8. Serve topped with yogurt, salsa, and tomatoes.




October 2013



Shepherd’s Pie – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Leftovers, Main Dishes, Meat, Potatoes, Potlucks, Vegetables


Right now we’re kinda in between seasons. It’s technically fall. But produce-wise, we’ve still got a few summer treats hanging on (hello zucchini!), yet are simultaneously moving into the winter goodies (hello root veggies!).

This Shepherd’s Pie is a mash of the two (no pun intended, hello mashed potatoes!).

This is a great dish for using leftovers. Mostly on the mashed potato end. You may want to bookmark this one for Thanksgiving, along with Shepherd’s Pie of the South. One uses up the leftover turkey or chicken, the other uses up the mashed potatoes. No, it’s not too early to start planning what you’re going to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s never too early to menu plan. 😉


Back to October, which is a great month, by-the-way. We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago, and the baseball postseason is in full swing. Yeah, both of these make me happy. Add to that the cooler weather and falling leaves and you may understand why this is my absolute favorite time of the year.

Since it’s my favorite month, we should eat some of my favorite foods. We should enjoy hearty, warm meals. We should bring out the quilts and hot chocolate mugs. We should eat Shepherd’s Pie (and Chicken Pot Pie, and Chili and Cornbread, and… oh I’m getting hungry).


One thing that I love about Shepherd’s Pie is that it’s a great way to use yesterday’s dinner. I’m a big fan of making yummy foods and then repurposing the leftovers. Want to see how it could work? Say Sunday’s dinner is Roasted Chicken, with Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom and Savory Gravy, and Steamed Carrots with Honey and Butter. By making a little more than you will need the first night, you give yourself the starting points for the rest of the week’s dinners. Monday: Chicken and Rice Soup. Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie. Wednesday: Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwiches. Thursday: Chicken Club Pizza. Friday: Sheppy Pasta (make extra Shepherd’s Pie filling and toss with pasta and tomatoes). Saturday: Soup Day (Taco SoupMashed Potato Soup, and definitely remember to make some Chicken Stock with the chicken bones). (Of course make sure that foods are frozen if they will be saved for more than a few days, and re-heated to a safe temperature… but you knew that.)


Another thing that I love about Shepherd’s Pie is that it just tastes so darn good. Starting at the top, we’ve got some cheese. It’s all melty and maybe a bit crispy where it touches the skillet. Then a layer of Mashed Potatoes. Well, I love those on their own, so I can’t really go wrong here. And the foundation of this dish, ground beef (you could also use tempeh, chicken, maybe even tofu), veggies, and a bit of sauce. Well, sure, don’t mind if I do. You can make a big skillet to feed the whole family, or make individual portions and heat them up one or two at a time (I like to use medium-sized ramekins for this). It freezes well, so once everyone has eaten their fill, pop them into single serving containers and they can be saved for lunches. I wonder, maybe you could even fry an egg and slide it on top of the pie, then toast some bread, top it with a tomato slice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of good olive oil, and have it for breakfast… stranger things have happened.


However it’s eaten, this meal is a winner in my book. Husband’s too. We love pie… especially the savory kind.

Happy Eating!

Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 4-6

Shepherd’s Pie


  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 small radishes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t coriander
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cumin
  • 1 C peas (frozen are fine)
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • 1 C stock (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 4-6 C warm/hot mashed potatoes (4 large potatoes)
  • 1/2 to 1 C Gruyere cheese, grated
  • sprinkle coriander
  • sprinkle chili powder


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat oven safe skillet. Add beef. When partially cooked, add carrots through cumin. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  3. Add peas and garlic, cook 1 minute.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and tomato paste, cook 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk cornstarch with water and stock. Add to veggies and beef. Bring to a boil and let sauce thicken.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  7. Smooth out and top with mashed potatoes, cheese, and sprinkle with coriander and chili powder. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are hot.



October 2013



Taco Soup – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beans, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Legumes, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Soups, Vegetables


I love soup! I could probably eat soup every day. Summer weather is no excuse for no soup, in our home. We just can’t get enough.

Thankfully, it’s finally feeling like fall (jump, cheer, squeak of joy). So we will eat soup, will eat soup, will eat SOUP!


We are kinda crazy about anything taco. We love Tacos tacos, we adore Taco Salad, and we could eat endless bowls of Taco Soup. 




This soup is all kinds of hearty. It’s full of veggies (corn, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, and onions), it has a bit of a kick, but not so much that it will make you sweat (but if you want it to, add another serrano or two, and keep the ribs and seeds), and you get to top it with cheese, corn chips, yogurt, salsa, and cilantro.

We liked it so much that I made it for one of my episodes and will probably make it again and again this fall and winter. We also thought it was good enough to bring to some friends who just had the most adorable baby girl. They agreed (even one of them who claims to dislike vegetables liked it)…


Here’s to a cold fall night, hot Taco Soup, and lots of time with the ones you love.

Happy Eating!

Taco Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Taco Soup


  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium (about 1 1/2 C) zucchini (or other summer squash), chopped
  • 3 small radishes, chopped
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • pinch all spice
  • pinch ginger
  • 1 C corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tomatoes (about 1 1/2 C), chopped
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 T lemon juice, divided
  • 6-7 C stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef), or water
  • salsa, for topping
  • corn chips, for topping
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream), for topping
  • cheddar cheese, grated, for topping
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, for topping


  1. Place beef in a soup pot. Cook over medium heat until it's partially cooked. Add olive oil and next 10 ingredients (thru ginger). Cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add corn and garlic, cook 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, vinegar, and 1 T lemon juice; cook 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  5. Add remaining lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve topped with cheese, yogurt, salsa, chips, and cilantro.