My daughter was home from university last weekend and noticed a small container of ricotta cheese in the fridge. Lately, I have been spreading it on toast, then showering it with lemon zest and capers, adding few slices of smoked salmon, and finishing with tons of fresh chopped dill for a fabulous and easy lunch.
My little doll likes to decompress from all her studies, and endless sorority duties by watching U-Tube cooking videos. There she discovered that ricotta makes the most sublime creamy pasta sauce. We quickly put that new found knowledge to work whipping up this Creamy Ricotta Pasta with Broccolinni. It would be perfect for a quick week night dinner, or in our case, a well deserved indulgent lunch.
I absolutely love what the kids are learning in college these days.
Well I’ve gone and done it! Made the best gluten free Oatmeal Cookie – ever. The thing is, I wasn’t really trying for a best in the baking department, I was trying to use up some of the 20 or so half bags of flour I have accumulated, I swear they procreate in the dark… Continue reading
When most people plan a big trip I think the last thing on their mind is baking. Not so much for me – of course. I need to bake to make sure I have something gluten free to resort to if there are no other options. Bonus points if it travels well, fills me up, with sweet… Continue reading
Today, I had planned on sharing a chicken and wild rice soup recipe, however I didn’t love the picture I captured at all – that happens, quite a bit judging by all the snaps sitting on my desktop screen that probably won’t get imported. Instead, seeing that it’s well into the new year,… Continue reading
In these dwindling December days filled with endless parties full of punch bowls laden with egg nog, bacon wrapped scallops on fancy trays, and entire tables devoted to artistic cheese displays, I thought you might appreciate something a bit lighter to ingest between Fêtes. This one simple soup may be the thing we all need… Continue reading
I am in the fortunate situation of celebrating Thanksgiving twice every year. Once in October with my Canadian side, and again in November with all my American friends and family. Some years it is exactly the same dinner both times. Other years, we vary it slightly to reflect the food allergies or aversions of our… Continue reading
The hubby and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Normally, you would think that necessitated a evening out in a dimly lit restaurant with a fancy dinner and exorbitantly priced wine. Truth be told, I am usually all over the super expensive restaurant experience. Banquette seating and thick napkins. Swoon. Michelin… Continue reading
I certainly have developed a newfound respect for cornstarch. It usually hangs out way in the back of that cabinet that houses the baking powder and various exotic spices rarely used – until today that is. Sure, most of us already know it can be used to thicken soups, sauces and stew. But used alone… Continue reading
As I was putting together these BLT Deviled Eggs for a party last weekend, my daughter noted “very 50’s housewife, mom.” What? Since when? A few years back I made these Kimchi Deviled Eggs for a dinner party – even the kimchi skeptics gobbled them up. I think more often than not, the tried and true… Continue reading
I have been spoiled this last year, with the kids off at university I wasn’t called on for breakfast duty. I could leisurely sip coffee with a few sections of the newspaper, glance at the today show now and then, and enjoy whatever I deemed acceptable for breakfast. Now, with them both home for the… Continue reading
I know this time of year you would expect me to be posting all kinds of light, refreshing, don’t you even think about turning that oven on, type of recipes. Thing is, it’s cold and rainy here today and I wouldn’t dream of turning on the heat in July to warm up – the oven… Continue reading
I have noticed that every summer I seem to gravitate to a go-to salad, one I can quickly whip up for a impromptu BBQ at a neighbors, a dish to pass for a picnic, or maybe just for a quick fix dinner here. Last year it was this Summer Squash with Feta and Herb Salad, the… Continue reading
Food trends seem to come and go without me jumping on the bandwagon. Did you see a ton of kale chip recipes here a few years back? Nope. Ancient grain concoctions? Endless ways to eat an avocado? Cauliflower pizza? Okay that one I couldn’t resist. I really wanted to believe all those raving reviews. While… Continue reading
If we were to poll dessert lovers about their summer favorites, strawberry shortcake would rank right up there—probably in first place. But anyone who’s enjoyed key lime pie on a hot summer night is likely to place this dessert first. It’s certainly my preference. The cool creaminess of this pie that packs a delightful citrus… Continue reading
Luckily, everyone here loves coleslaw, and, in my quest to make sure we all get enough veg in our diet – that certainly helps. While fish tacos usually get a traditional savoy cabbage slaw – other meals are ripe for different versions of coleslaw. The beauty of coleslaw is that you can julienne almost any vegetable and… Continue reading
Here in this house we are firmly divided when it comes to cookies, which can be a bit of an issue when I want to please everyone with a single batch. Some of us are lovers of oatmeal raisin, and the remainder swear by chocolate chip. My chocolate chip fanatics are easier, because they’re not… Continue reading
I am sure I have mentioned before, that we eat a lot of eggs for dinner here. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy frittata – like this Broccolini Frittata today, or maybe eggs Benedict with blender hollandaise, always a hit. And, my all time favorite – toast with smashed avocado, a sprinkle of lemon juice,… Continue reading
Usually, I have this crazy notion that the baked goods I post here should be over the top, drool worthy, confections. When really, sometimes you just want a nice little loaf. A basic recipe that doesn’t involve sourcing hard to find ingredients, especially those you have to order online, and then wait for delivery. Nope, this… Continue reading
For most, the thought of international travel lends a feeling of excitement and wonder. For me, I usually default to thinking “what the heck am I going to eat?” Really, off to Bormio Italy to ski the Alps, and I am worried about food? Well, yes. I lost 5 lbs a few years ago while… Continue reading
This Coconut Banana Loaf today is for my friend Lynda. Her son was recently diagnosed with many food allergies, and she is feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the restrictions. Baking without gluten, eggs, milk, nuts, almond flour (which I love to bake with), also no corn or soy. Phew! That’s hard. However, I do… Continue reading
I have confessed in the past, to discussing dinner options while eating breakfast, which I think is smart if you have to think about defrosting or running to the market if you need a few more items. I have not shared though, that I tend to discuss how to make — insert any dinner/… Continue reading