I love Chinese food, which is seriously difficult to find on the Central Coast of California. Or at least it is in Paso Robles. Yes, we have a few options, but none of them compare to what I grew up with in the Midwest. I think of Chinese food as comfort food. It is generally light fare and super nourishing. Spaghetti Squash is one of the CSA items … Read more Transform your Spaghetti Squash into an Amazing Chinese Meal!
Don’t let the strip mall setting fool you, this is a neighborhood joint that is worth the visit. We have been to Ristorante Guiseppe’s in Scottsdale, AZ twice now, and both times, the food was terrific! You know that it is a local place when the drinks are BYOB and they only take cash – no credit cards. Knowing that, we came ready with wine in … Read more Old Style Italian food in a Casual, Comfortable Atmosphere
My Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA box is a wonderful resource for making desserts. I usually look first to the fruit in my box when deciding on a sweet finish to my meal. Often dinner in itself is enough to fill you fully, but as the saying goes “there’s always room for something sweet!” When making your dessert center around fruit, at least you can be adding beneficial nutrients and … Read more Citrus adds a Fresh Taste to this Sumptuous Dessert!
Haha! My husband likes most every kind of food and even some that he hasn’t liked in the past, he’s grown to enjoy or at least tolerate. Beets are not one of those things! It creates a bit of a challenge when I get these wonderful fresh beets in my Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA box. I have to eat them all on my own, … Read more Don’t Tell my Husband I put Beets in the Hummus!
This past year, I have been a participant with a group of very talented cooks whose mission is to study cookbooks that are collecting dust on our bookshelves. The idea is to spend time really researching our book and then cook our way through it selecting multiple recipes to review. The best part of this mission is that it culminates in a gathering where we share tips and insight, along with a … Read more Healthy Eats make you feel good Inside and Out!
You know those recipes that have been around for ages, but never go out of style? They are usually made up of classic combinations that are tried and true, as in this Broccoli Cheddar Soup. I make vegetable soups all the time and find new and different ways to alter them just a bit to keep them current. But you really don’t need to mess with … Read more Sticking with the Classics and making them even Better!
Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday. Many families rely on tradition for their meal, recreating favorites year after year. But sometimes, you like to get creative with at least a dish or two and add something new. Even a new twist to an old favorite can be fun. Here are some great tips and recipe ideas from my collection to get you started: 5 Tips for … Read more Updated Dishes for your Thanksgiving Feast!
Next week, much of America will be eating turkey. And many of us will have leftovers to enjoy for days to come. If you’re like me, you may not be fond of reheated, dried out turkey. In fact when I do reheat my turkey, I simmer it in the gravy so that it stays nice and moist. Sometimes, I throw in a few frozen peas and … Read more Just in time for Thanksgiving – Two Great Leftover Turkey Ideas!
You can’t go wrong with any recipe that combines spinach and mushrooms. They were made to be eaten together! Some of my favorites are Spinach & Mushroom Quiche and Spinach & Mushroom Lasagne. I also love Spanakopita which is a Greek Spinach Pie so I thought why not a take-off on that and make Spinach & Mushroom Hand Pies! Instead of using phyllo dough … Read more Spinach and Mushrooms – A Winning Combination!
Just in time for your holiday wish list, I have the most amazing kitchen appliance to share with you! It is the Cuisinart 3 in 1 Multicooker. It not only slow cooks, but you can brown your meats and vegetables first, with the brown/sauté function. Then use the slow cook function to cook the dish. If you need to thicken the sauce at the end, just … Read more The One Pot Meal you’re Not Going to Want to Miss!