let’s roast!

Roasting is most likely the oldest method of cooking meats, first begun over an open fire, using indirect dry heat. Roasting and baking are the same technique, roasting is the term usually applied in cooking meats, baking for pastries and … Continue reading

Sicilian Chicken

There are many wonderful aspects associated with roasting a chicken.  First, it fills your house with a wonderful smell; second, you have a beautiful and delicious chicken for dinner; third, if you plan ahead and buy an appropriately sized chicken, … Continue reading

planover cock-a-leekie pie

During my time living in England, I sampled a considerable amount of English fare — some of it was actually quite tasty! One fine road trip to the Cottswolds, we happened upon a lovely pub, and this is their version … Continue reading

planover chicken enchiladas

I LOVE planner dinners, part of the cooking is done, and usually I can make enough extra enchiladas to freeze for yet another meal or two! You could easily adapt these enchiladas to a vegetarian version, using roasted butternut squash … Continue reading

sunday brunch

SOoooo, it appears that we will be brunching at home this Easter Sunday, by ourselves. Not to worry, there are plenty of options for divine dining. Breakfast is, yes indeed, the most difficult meal to cook and get the timing … Continue reading

soul soothing soups

Ah, soup! A steaming bowl of warming, palliative yumm!  A fruitful labor of love, even if you are making soup only for one. Freeze the rest, too treat your innards another day. Soup is sensual, it can be rustic or … Continue reading

cream of anything soup

A creamy soup is SOOO elegant! To show it off best, serve in a ‘soup plate,’ which is simply a pasta bowl! A little garnish, or earrings as we call them here, and you are all set. It may be … Continue reading

clean out the veg bin, make soup!

Look in that vegetable bin — what’s in there? A lit off orphan bits and pieces of vegetables, just looking for a home before they ‘go to the other side!’ Let’s use up those bits, in the name of cleaning … Continue reading

basic ground meat mix

Use this mixture to ‘morph’ into your favorite dish! Easily prepared ahead, and it can be frozen for up to 2 months. how to prep the onions sweating the vegetables (what’s this?)     … Continue reading

quick bolognese sauce

I LOVE spaghetti with meat sauce. When I don’t have sauce already in my freezer, I frequently make a quick bolognese sauce, to satisfy my hypopastemia (a low pasta light!). basic ground meat mix … Continue reading