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Sometimes Dinner Really Is Just This Simple


I think the title and the photo speaks for itself, no?

Salami, cheese (soft goat cheese, cave aged Gruyere and a sharp white cheddar), olives, mom’s home smoked salmon and some marinated artichokes. Add to that a loaf of freshly baked bread (buy it or make it yourself) and a good bottle of wine and you have a meal ready in 5 minutes. I love to eat this way.

What do you do make when you don’t feel like cooking?


  • Mom

    A baked potatoe.
    Eggs & Peas
    Fried egg sandwich
    Baby pasta with butter and cheese
    Smoked oysters and wheat thins
    so many many things….and uh….anything with a glass of wine

  • style and inspiration

    I found you via the Fodor’s forum (loving your Rome trip report BTW). This is what I call a “cold dinner” and it my favorite way to eat. I usually go for salad, chicken, some type of pasta salad and ciabatta bread. You’ve inspired me to be more gourmet. I love your platter! Yum!

  • formerchef

    Chef Gwen-I am so there with you on the Rose!

    Tiffany-Only 5 ingredients? You are going to have to tweet me the recipe. 🙂

    Style and Inspiration- Thanks for coming over from Fodor’s! What’s your name there?

  • John Burgess

    I guess it depends on what ‘not cooking’ means!

    If it includes minimalism, than scrambled eggs with chunks of chorizo does nicely. Or perhaps pasta with a green or black olive tapenade. Opening and heating a can of foul muddamas and toasting up some pita bread does nicely and can be upscaled by adding olives, cheeses, bastirma, or soujuk.

    If it truly means ‘don’t touch the stovetop,’ then your spread looks much like mine. But sometimes my roots will come back and I’ll turn toward a tin of good kippered herring, or perhaps pickled pigs feet, with anything from saltines to a good bread, toasted. A small salad, heavy on the vinegar completes it.

  • Kel

    Looks delicious!
    Is your mom’s home-smoked salmon a family secret, or could you share how to do it? That’s something I’ve always wanted to try doing.

    Love your blog–beautiful photography, wonderful recipes!

  • style and inspiration

    My Fodor’s forum name is “deeinkc.” I just joined this weekend…so I’m a newbie and loving all of the great info on there. I’m a home cook and am loving your blog as well! So much great stuff on the Internet when you start digging about. 🙂

  • delightfullysweet

    What a wonderful meal!
    Usually when I don’t feel like cooking we do a fruit and cheese plate. We pair it with crackers and breads and a great bottle of wine!

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