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

Guinness Lamb Shanks on Platter

Mar 15, 2015

Guinness Lamb Shanks

This weekend I wanted to make something to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Since I had lamb shanks in the freezer, I decided on Guinness Lamb Shanks. That would make this year unique!  In college I spent a semester in Ireland but only ate lamb once or twice. Still I knew I loved it and when I got my first freezer … Continue reading


Mar 8, 2015

Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa

I have a long list of food resolutions–and it’s not even New Year’s. At the top of my list is to eat more Omega-3–especially from healthy fish. Yesterday it was Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa.  My sister was part of my inspiration.  She is a serious athlete, doing triathlons and an occasional cross country ski race (i.e. the Birkebeiner)–and has … Continue reading

Chicken Divan out of oven

Feb 17, 2015

Chicken Divan Goes Local

Life is a balancing act. Sometime you cook a super healthy dinner from scratch using all local ingredients. Other times you open a couple cans of Cream of Chicken soup. Today I did the latter, but still made a dish that was tasty and healthy–and mostly local!  We ate Chicken Divan–chicken and broccoli (or green beans) covered in a creamy … Continue reading