A few days ago my husband and I were lobbing out ideas for dinner, everything we mentioned was falling into the “meh” category it seemed.
Then, I stumbled across a recipe from the new cookbook “Via Carota” for White Beans and Sausage. It was as if they had heard our conversation?
Although I did cook the whole 1 lb package, only half were used in this recipe. The rest I froze for one of those nights when I might be short on time, but still in want of something other than eggs or frozen pizza, which are my go-to default for those dinners lately.
Later in the month, thinking a quick white bean and escarole soup, or white bean chili, or maybe just defrosted and drizzled with a bit of herbed oil perhaps.
All those options sound so good they might not be in the freezer very long….
This Zucchini Lasagna is not unlike a lot of my kitchen endeavors. I had intended to make zucchini involtini, but ended up with a zucchini lasagna. After many attempts to cut long super thin slices of zucchini, first with my mandoline then a sharp knife, so that I could fill them and roll up, I… Continue reading
We picked up a few zucchini’s from the farmstand over the weekend, originally thinking of making a gratin-ish type zucchini dish, bubbly cheese, garlic etc. Instead, I whipped up a batch of yummy Zucchini Corn Muffins. That’s how versatile this vegetable is. How many other vegetables can you think of that make a fabulous cheesy… Continue reading
I know, I know I haven’t shared here in awhile…….thing is, I have been spending all my food energy over on Instagram. It’s just an easier platform to use. It’s fun and interactive, and I feel I can be more spontaneous and candid there, share more no-recipe-recipes. I often shoot with my Iphone instead of… Continue reading
Do you have certain recipes that you only make for holidays and special occasions? When was the last time you roasted a turkey? or made corned beef and cabbage on a Wednesday? Gingerbread? It will come as no surprise then, when you learn I only make Irish Soda Bread around St. Patricks Day. I did… Continue reading
If you are anything like me, a tad bit lazy sometimes when it comes to dinner time. Then, this soup is for you. Easy to source ingredients, no broccoli rabe at your market? Try another leafy green such as spinach or swiss chard instead, any kind of savory pork sausage will work, use up any… Continue reading
Honey, I have been doing spaghetti squash all wrong! Last night, after retrieving the cooked squash from the oven, I patiently waited for it to cool before attempting to disassemble. Scooping out hot strands is tricky, the little devil is hard to handle and not fun, for me anyway. They were smallish so I thought… Continue reading
Yesterday, I was craving this Carrot Currant Cake I made a few months ago. It was so easy to whip up, in the oven in under 15 minutes, and I had everything I needed to get started. Only snag was the few bananas sitting on the counter in my fruit bowl, begging to be used… Continue reading
This version of Paella cooks in the oven with very little attention. Unlike traditional Paella cooked on the stovetop which needs much more diligence to pull off successfully. With a little bit of prep work, you will be free to enjoy conversation and cocktails with family or close friends without worry. Dinner will be quietly… Continue reading
My husband did something unusual yesterday, he went to work – at his office. After almost a year of working remotely I wasn’t ready. Oh, I was ready for him to leave the house, I just didn’t have any breakfast type foods ready that he could easily grab and go! I quickly whipped… Continue reading
If you are searching for a fabulous dessert that you can whip up and have in the oven in 10 minutes, is dinner party worthy, with only one bowl to wash up, and is made with basic pantry staples you may already have lurking in your pantry. Than this Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze is… Continue reading
Honey this recipe for Pecan Squares is a keeper. Good thing too because it’s perfect for school functions, holidays, share with friends and neighbors, all someday…… It makes a large sheet pan size, that’s up to 20-30 squares, depending on how big you cut them. There is an Ina Garten recipe out there for Pecan… Continue reading
Years ago, when my husband and I took our very first trip to Italy we learned a tip about shellfish and cheese. We were staying in a little pensione on the Adriatic with a restaurant on the main floor that faced the ocean, so gorgeous it could have been a movie set. One night, we… Continue reading
It probably come as no surprise to everyone that we are having a much smaller gathering for Thanksgiving this year – just like most of the country. We still want to make a fuss, cook way too much, and spend quality time with certain family members. You too I bet. These circumstances happen to work… Continue reading
In the past, my go-to-no-fail recipe for Oatmeal Cookies was always the one printed inside of the Quakers lid. They may not even print it there anymore, it was that long ago. Once I found out gluten was not my friend, I converted the recipe to a gluten-free version. It was fine, an okay oatmeal cookie,… Continue reading
With so many years of putting together a Thanksgiving feast for friends and family, and double doses for this Canadian-American family. I finally feel I have a handle on how to get the meal on the table without too much chaos, and with some semblance of grace. First tip: make as much as you… Continue reading
Have you heard about this famous Plum Torte originally published by Mariam Burros in 1983 for the New York Times? It was so popular that it was published every year from 1983 to 1989, by then the editors felt it had been featured enough. Apparently not, according to all the backlash they received, after making… Continue reading
With summer winding down, our gardens seem to be bursting with unpicked ripe zucchini. Farmer’s markets are overrun with them, and those you picked up last week seem to be miraculously reproducing in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. I thought at this time, you might appreciate one more recipe to use some of your… Continue reading
As the summer winds down, I usually do a mental inventory of all the seasonal foods we have cooked and enjoyed to make sure we haven’t missed out. With all the usual suspects all accounted for: tomatoes, corn, zucchini, leafy greens, and more tomatoes, I cast a larger net and discovered I had not made… Continue reading
You know when you see recipes that look so simple but contain gluten, so you don’t even attempt them because you assume it won’t work for us gluten free? Well, honey this is not one of those recipes! This time luck is in our favor. This flatbread recipe produces a wonderfully chewy, crispy, savory flatbread,… Continue reading
We have all become so bored of quarantine meals. It was time to make something DIFFERENT for dinner today. We were feeling indifferent with the steady staple of 1) some protein from the freezer or tofu, 2) a vegetable that has been resting in our cold garage that hopefully is not moldy yet. 3) gnocchi/rice/potato… Continue reading