How I made my first jelly (hot pepper). And fixed it when it didn't gel. And turned it in to a delicious hot pepper jelly cream cheese appetizer.

Mar 19, 2017

Hot Pepper Jelly. Plus (Surprise) Syrup. Oops.

My first jelly.  Hooray!  And (for better or worse) another example of how an “oops” can become a win.  I set out to make Hot Pepper Jelly and (eventually) ended up with a delicious jelly AND a tasty syrup.    This all began with the Food in Jars online Mastery Challenge.  Every month challenge participants make a new kind of preserve—January … Continue reading

Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.

Mar 9, 2017

Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

When I made my new Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup a couple weeks ago, I didn’t realize I was starting a trend.  Requests for more came fast and furious–and each new batch disappeared even faster.  Then, far too soon, the broccoli was gone.  Time for something similar, but with a character all its own–Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup.   In the back of my mind, … Continue reading

Feb 5, 2017

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I just got a deal on some red peppers!  Organic for under $1 each. While I like to “eat local” if I can, I sure won’t pass up an opportunity like this.  Time for Quinoa Stuffed Peppers!   I used to make meat filled peppers until a lucky “accident”.  One day while making my usual recipe, I had some prepared … Continue reading

Feb 2, 2017

One Dish Mediterranean White Fish

I was looking for a killer catchy way to start this post.  But I kept coming back to being tired—which is really how my Mediterranean White Fish was created.  Last fall, with my youngest off to college, I decided to go back to school myself.  Just one class.  Well, I had so much fun that this semester, I am taking … Continue reading

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mini Pepper

Sep 25, 2016

Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

I think they may be the breakout vegetable of the season.  I am talking the colorful small peppers you see all over Pinterest and farmers markets.  And lucky for me in my CSA boxes! I’ve been popping them into salads, but today I turned them into Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers.  It’s football Sunday after all! 

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

Aug 28, 2016

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

  Shhh, fall is coming.  In some ways, the transition to fall is subtle.  An orange leaf here, a cool night there.  In other ways, it may be sudden.  Bam—the peppers (or orange squash) are here!  This week’s CSA box was graced with ripe peppers and tomatoes.  So it was time to revive my Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup! 

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella) from above

Aug 11, 2016

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella)

Back in the day, serving bread on salads was big.  Of course, that bread was typically chopped, seasoned, and rebranded as croutons.  But the concept was legit—bread in salads is delicious! This time, it’s served up torn and marinated in a Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad, or Panzanella.   Wikipedia describes Panzanella as “a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes … Continue reading

Homemade Italian Sausage Sandwich

Mar 3, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage Sandwiches

There is an old saying that, unfortunately, rings true–you don’t want to know how sausage is made!  I could deal with that… except sausage is so good.  So I decided to mix up my own to make homemade Italian sausage sandwiches.  Just say “yes” to local, organic pork!  The sandwiches, which we used to call “bombers,” were the “go to” … Continue reading

Three SIsters Stew

Sep 20, 2015

Fall Casino Food: Three Sisters Stew

Every year, fall rushes in–a brilliant wash of light and color.  The change from summer’s verdant greens to a kaleidoscope of hues appears not only in the trees but also the bountiful harvest. Greens from peppers, yellow from corn, red from tomatoes, orange from squash…  And today’s “Three Sisters” stew has it all! 

Skinny Harvest Dip

Aug 30, 2015

Skinny Harvest Dip (aka Skinny Beach Dip)

Gotta love book club.  There’s the camaraderie. The reading.  The great food.  Recently one of our hostesses served Skinny Beach Dip—doesn’t that sound perfect for the last days of shorts season!  Loaded with sweet corn, bell and jalapeno peppers, then dressed with light cream cheese and nonfat yogurt, I would have called it Skinny Harvest Dip.  Perfect for CSA members … Continue reading