appeal to your senses

In my 32 years of teaching people to cook, I have learned first-hand, and from my students’ experiences, that cooking can be very therapeutic.  The process of creating something beautiful, aromatic, nourishing and comforting, whether for yourself or others, can … 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

the suicide hour

Ahh, the familiar question: “What’s for dinner, and when is it?” This signals the beginning of what is known in my house as the suicide hour! Everyone is hungry, and we don’t know what we want to eat, but we … 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?)     Print Basic Ground Meat Mix Course … Continue reading

tacos!!

¡OLE! It’s tacos for dinner, and EVERYONE loves tacos! Here’s the quick, go to recipe for taco filling. Make a double batch and freezer half for a busy night’s dinner. basic ground meat mix     Print Taco Filling Course … Continue reading

quick homemade chili

Whether you serve this as a steaming bowl of spicy goodness, over a plate of tortillas chips, on a hot dog, or rolled in a tortilla, it’s still mighty good, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare. You control the … Continue reading

quick stroganoff

Silky, rich stroganoff is a delight, and quick to make with a seasoned ground beef mixture.  basic ground meat mix   Print Stroganoff Servings 4 people Ingredients 1 recipe basic ground meat mixture cooked as directed above 1 tablespoon butter … Continue reading

pici (hand rolled spaghetti from Chianti)

Pici is a classic pasta, spaghetti, rolled by hand. The recipe and tradition come from the Chianti region of Italy. I learned this technique from my friend and Italian cooking teacher, Judy Witts. By the way, it’s way more fun … Continue reading