Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots, plated

Jan 14, 2016

Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots

Aren’t the holidays wonderful?  Delicious food, festive gatherings, beautiful décor, the inevitable weight gain…  Okay not that last one.  And yes, I gained 4 pounds over the holidays—ouch!  While I firmly believe that decadence has Its place, I think I took it too far! So to celebrate my upcoming turnaround I am making Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots and … Continue reading


Jan 6, 2016

Thai Beef Salad

The holidays are fun!  Fancy cookies, colorful pies, glorious desserts! Stop me before I bake again!  Yes, I think it’s time for a salad.  Something like this super easy, tasty Thai Beef Salad!  

Salmon Burger from above

Dec 10, 2015

Scandinavian Salmon Burgers

Have you seen the PBS series New Scandinavian Cooking?  Besides some of the most breathtaking scenery ever, there’s a lot of fine cooking going on!  When I saw them make burgers out of chopped salmon I was intrigued.  I even meant to give it a try.  But life got busy and I never followed up.  A year or so later, … Continue reading


Nov 8, 2015

Thyme Marinated Tender Pork Chops

I am big on local food.  Including local meat.  Which means that every fall I head out to various farms and bring home  boxes of assorted cuts for my freezer.  Today I am turning some of these into Thyme Marinated Tender Pork Chops.  I love knowing where my food has been.  I feel more secure buying local than with corporate … Continue reading

Kohlrabi & Cheese Pasta, Served

Jul 16, 2015

Sneaky Kohlrabi & Cheese Fettuccini

Are all Moms sneaky? In my own defense, I did confess before my youngest took her first bite of Sneaky Kohlrabi & Cheese Fettuccini.  You see, grated kohlrabi looks EXACTLY like cheese when tossed into warm fettuccini! And even I appreciated the way it transformed into soft and creamy looking, telling myself, “What a rich dish you are eating!”  Gotta … Continue reading

One Dish Chickpea Curry

Jul 7, 2015

One Dish Chickpea Curry

Who thinks of curry as a comfort food like macaroni and cheese? Not me—until I tried this One Dish Chickpea Curry.  The stunning photography of the Minimalist Baker original drew me in but it was the taste that won me over. And the creamy richness. And how about the ease of preparation—couscous in the dish so no separate batch of … Continue reading

Baked French Onion Soup

Jun 24, 2015

Baked French Onion Soup and Lessons from Dad, Part II

Last Sunday, in honor of Father’s Day, I posted the some lessons I learned from my father.  Today’s post will complete my list—and provide a recipe for baked French Onion Soup.  Baked French Onion soup and I go way back—and it has a special tie to my father. During my senior year in high school, I had almost daily ballet … Continue reading


Jun 3, 2015

Homemade Moo Shoo Pork (Simplified)

I blame my oldest daughter for this—or perhaps I should thank her. Lately she has been waxing nostalgic about her childhood excursions to a (now closed) Chinese Restaurant. For a do-it-yourselfer like me, this can only be construed as a challenge. So after a recent success making homemade Egg Foo Young, I decided to try my hand at Moo Shoo … Continue reading

Homemade Egg Foo Young

May 24, 2015

Homemade Egg Foo Young

It’s hard not to love Chinese Food. From authentic dishes, to Americanized corner restaurant versions (Chinese comfort food?), it holds a fond place in many hearts. So I decided to try my hand at homemade Egg Foo Young.  My oldest has special memories of dining out at a local Chinese Restaurant dating back to her early childhood. After an especially … Continue reading


Apr 16, 2015

No Butter Chicken

Eating healthy is easier if you cook at home! But it can still have its challenges. What do you do when you want great, in your face, flavor without excess salt or heavy fats? Sometimes the answer is to load up with spices. Today’s recipe, for No Butter Chicken, leaves no doubt that spices can deliver an amazingly flavorful–and low … Continue reading