There were two goodies my Mom always made at the holidays (well, she always made a lot of things, but these two were standards): her Fudge-Filled Italian Cookies and Date Breads. These are the two I also always make at the holidays and while the cookie recipe is a family secret, the Date Bread recipe … Continue reading Traditions with a Healthy Twist
I've been a recipe, food magazine, and cookbook collector for decades -- as you can imagine, this means clearing out every now and then, or giving things away that fall out of use. The Internet put a whole new spin on collecting new recipes, but I like printed copies, so I ended up with binders … Continue reading Cookbook Clutter
So here we are, ten days into 2019, and it's been a crazy few months! From an incredibly busy Thanksgiving through a Christmas that brought with it some health issues and challenges that toned down our celebrations, but also gave us quieter time to reassess our goals and plans for the New Year. For me, … Continue reading A New Year, a New Start…
Even though we're not into the really cold weather yet here in Syracuse, I have been wanting Tomato Soup for days. Finally, tonight, I settled on Tomato Soup and a Toasted Cheddar Cheese Sandwich for dinner. So what if it's 75 degrees outside right? Confession: I've never made my own Tomato Soup. I make all … Continue reading Drop Dead Simple Tomato Soup
One of my very favorite things is a popover. I only discovered them about 5 years ago, when a friend made them for a birthday party where I was serving a Prime Rib (in this case, they are known as Yorkshire Puddings). They were totally addictive, and I made them a few times after for … Continue reading Recipe Repair: Blueberry Popovers
Most of my posts are recipe oriented, but I've wanted to include topical posts as well as food-focused ones on the blog. Today's topic: getting tired of cooking all the time. Even when you love something -- reading, writing, kids, TV, social media, pets, exercise, chocolate (well, maybe not chocolate) -- you need a break … Continue reading Burned Out on Cooking — Thoughts and Strategies
Yes, you heard me -- lasagna for breakfast! This past weekend, we made a gorgeous pot of Lasagna with fresh noodles (Mike's been making all of our pasta since we got the Kitchen Aid attachment, and once you make fresh pasta, you'll never buy boxed again). It was delicious, though for only two of us, … Continue reading Lasagna for Breakfast!
A few months ago, when rhubarb was out, I discovered Smitten Kitchen's recipe for Rhubarb Crisp Bars -- it's a crisp, but it's a bar, like a cookie. Magical! And they were everything you imagine they would be. I've made them several times since with various fruits and one day, I took up Deb's recommendation … Continue reading Healthy, Crunchy, Breakfast YUM!
This past weekend was incredibly busy, as has been the past month (hence, no recent posts -- but I continue to post at Instagram and Facebook, if you follow me there) and healthy meals have been a challenge. This summer, I have been trying to lean toward more Mediterranean meals when I can, and part … Continue reading Clean Eating: Mexican Salad with Pan-Seared Whitefish
Salad is a constant in our house. Pasta salad, potato salad, egg salad, green salad, you name it. But the best part of salad is how creative you can be with it. Today, I knew I wanted a salad to go with our Spanish Pork Burgers (which are amazing, though we skipped the cheese) … Continue reading Pretty in Pink Farro Salad