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

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

Tara’s pork green chili

Who doesn’t LOVE Mexican food!! Green chili, aka. chili verde, is a staple, and what a sumptuous meal! Here’ how Chef Tara makes it! You could also serve this chili in a rice bowl, use a bit in an omelet … Continue reading

chicken piccata

Tangy, fresh lemon and caper sauce surrounding fork tender chicken breasts, a popular Italian classic that is destined to become a favorite with family and guests alike. This is one of my favorite recipes for entertaining because I can do … Continue reading

Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

it’s all about the gravy….

Uh huh! at my house, it’s all about the sauce, and for turkey, that means gravy! The very best gravy begins with a flavorful stock and great pan drippings. Using the right flour will give you a silky smooth sauce, … Continue reading

Tweaking my gnocchi recipe

I’m quite proud that my new daughter-in-law prefers my potato gnocchi to anything she has found in the best Italian restaurants. My gnocchi is, by my own account, excellent, but last night it got even better! I have been thinking … Continue reading

pesto

I planted basil in early June, and have harvested it for so many things this summer — but now, it’s beginning to bolt, so it’s time to harvest it and put away a bit of summer, to enjoy when the … Continue reading

hummous

Hummous is an extremely popular snack from Middle Eastern countries across north Africa to Turkey. The Moors brought their cuisine to Spain when they emigrated hundreds of years ago, so you will find hummus in Spain as well! As a … Continue reading