I have to admit, the carnivore in me craves a piece of roasted meat now and again. And since I don’t indulge that often, when I do, it requires a high quality piece of meat. To satisfy this craving, I opted for a Lemon-Basil Rack of Lamb. And of course, I also needed something worthy of pairing with my lamb, so I created a Shaved Brussels Sprouts and … Read more My Favorite Dinner of the Week!
This little leafy green food that is often overlooked actually has some great qualities. It is a very versatile green that can be used as an addition to salads, sandwiches, or soups or can be eaten as a steamed vegetable. Modern science has identified more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals contained in this one herb – more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, and … Read more The Wonders of Watercress!
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!
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!
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!
Ever since I made my first “free form” pie (think Galette, Crostata, Tart…), I have lost interest in making a standard style pie. Mind you, the ratio of desserts to food that I create is quite small. However, when it comes to pie style desserts, I find free form crusts to be much more rustic looking and fun to make. And it doesn’t hurt that they … Read more Crisp, Farm Fresh Apples plus Salted Caramel Sauce equals YUM!
I volunteered for dessert duty for an upcoming event and since it’s not my forte, I started searching around for something new to make. I went through all the chocolate ideas, even one with homemade peanut butter truffles inside and decided to head back to something I am more comfortable with – vegetables. Yes, it can still be dessert if it is made with vegetables. … Read more Just ~ Plain ~ Good! Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Flavored Icing
And they’re not just for popper’s either! I just made the most incredible Creamy Jalapeño Soup! Just enough heat to wake up your senses, but not enough to scare away even the weakest gringo. It is a mixture of roasted jalapeño peppers, sweet orange peppers and fire roasted tomatoes (in a can). To make it creamy, this recipe does use light cream, but you could … Read more Jalapeño Pepper’s aren’t just for Salsa!
The idea of wasting good fruits and vegetables feels like a sin to me. Some times we are on the go and just don’t have time to use up all of the items in our CSA box. Or we might find something in the fridge that seemed like a great idea at the market, but we just haven’t gotten around to using it yet. Well … Read more Let’s get Creative – two New Ideas for Blackberries!
Just in time for the season’s fresh, crisp apples, I bring you this simple, yet elegant Apple Cake! Lightly sweet and heavenly tasting, an impressive display that will have your friends wondering if you went to pastry school. The recipe is surprisingly simple considering the finished product you will receive. The best kind of apples to use would be ones that are slightly sweet and nicely crisp. Exactly what … Read more You’ll look like a Pastry Chef with this Impressive Apple Cake!