One of our dear neighbors had to go on a sudden trip and dropped off some of his fresh produce with us. He gave us a bag of arugula, among other things. I like arugula, but I don’t buy it much. Not sure why. I should. I love its peppery flavor. Did you know that [...]
Made this the other night for dinner. Although it takes 20+ minutes of standing at the stove and stirring, I thought it was well worth it. The risotto was delicious. Incredibly filling too.
Risotto is an Italian dish that’s usually served as a first course. It’s never a quick dish to make, as you have to [...]
Sometimes I make a soup and it immediately displaces all others as my favorite. This is one of them. It’s now at the top of my list. I knew from the ingredient list that it had great potential, but in this case the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
Instead of Italian [...]
We try to have meatless Mondays in our home and last Monday was no exception. It makes my son the vegetarian very happy. He never likes to eat things like this, he’s just happy that we’re not hurting any animals.
I am always drawn to recipes that stew vegetables in coconut milk. Yum! I made a [...]
On the way home from Maine last summer, we stopped at the Stonewall Kitchen store. We had a delicious lunch and walked through their beautiful store. I was tempted by a box of their doughnut mix which came with a doughnut pan. Their doughnut mix, like all of their other products, was delicious. After using [...]
Every St. Patrick’s Day, I make a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and boiled cabbage, carrots and potatoes. This year I followed a Sandra Lee recipe which called for cooking everything in the crock pot in a mixture of water and apple juice. Actually, I cooked everything but the potatoes in the crock pot. [...]
I know that I have said this before, but sometimes the best recipes are the ones with the most basic ingredients. This is one of those recipes.
Before I got married, my wonderful mother-in-law (whom I really miss) gave me a number of cookbooks, and The Essentials of Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan was one of [...]
We had some friends over for dinner last month and I was looking for a quick but tasty side dish. I received Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten for Christmas from my parents, so I flipped through it and came across this recipe. It was perfect and truly foolproof. I have great luck with Ina [...]
After all these years of blogging, I can’t believe I haven’t posted a classic chicken and rice soup recipe. Well here it is! This is a delicious, simple chicken soup and if you have a rotisserie chicken, the soup will come together in no time. It’s perfect comfort food for a cold night, or for [...]