jar of homemade smoky barbecue sauce

Homemade Smoky Barbecue Sauce

june 28, 2022

jar of homemade smoky barbecue sauce

Grilling season is here, y’all. You need good barbecue sauce whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or carnivore. Homemade Smoky Barbecue Sauce is the condiment of your dreams. Whisk good quality ingredients and simmer for five minutes. Done. Store in your fridge for months and months. Continue reading

overhead view turkey meatballs

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

june 14, 2022

overhead view slow cooker turkey meatballs

Do you use your slow cooker only when the weather is chilly? Until recently, I believed this as gospel. On the contrary, the best use may be in warmer months when you want a hot dinner without cranking up the stove. Load it up, walk away, then return to a nourishing meal with minimal effort. These Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs are fluffed with almond flour, not breadcrumbs, and bathed in a tangy sweet and sour tomato sauce. Continue reading

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Pomegranate Coconut Sherbet

may 31, 2022

closeup of sherbet

 

 

I did not sign up for triple digit spring weather. Nevertheless, I don’t feel so bad when I read that central Australia reaches 120 degrees  on the regular. According to Bill Bryson in the delightfully entertaining travel book In a Sunburned Country, desert temps are not trifling. He wrote this book twenty years ago. I cannot imagine a Down Under desert trek in today’s climate. Continue reading

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Strawberry Sugar Snap Salad

may 17, 2022

closeup of strawberry sugar snap salad

Spring salads lead to lighter eating for the upcoming summer season. It’s time to step away from heavy foods and crunch into bright, crispy seasonal fruits and vegetables. This Strawberry Sugar Snap Salad has plenty of color and crunch. Moreover, the heady Thai basil dressing and peanuts take this pretty salad in a more exotic direction. Continue reading

bowl of smoked salmon asparagus chowder

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Chowder

May 3, 2022

bowl of smoked salmon asparagus chowder

 

Seafood Chowder satisfies when nights are a little chilly. Pack your chowder with lots of vegetables and you’ll need only a small amount of smoked salmon for flavor. Continue reading

whole cake

Salted Chocolate Potato Cake

april 20, 2022

whole cake

I dedicate this cake to my friend Jeannie Boisineau of Superior Creamery and Confections. Her weekly bake box  recently included potato chip chocolate chip cookies, which combine the two most important food groups :  potato and chocolate. Brilliant, and bravo, Jeannie. Continue reading

closeup of meyer lemon peppercorn vinaigrette

Meyer Lemon Peppercorn Vinaigrette

april 5, 2022

closeup of meyer lemon peppercorn vinaigrette

Meyer lemons are short in season, yet long in flavor. These thin skinned golden citrus fruits sport a floral aroma. They possess a lemony sweetness that is less astringent than the juice of regular lemons. Because their skin is so thin, one can eat the whole fruit sliced thinly in desserts and savory dishes. Continue reading

closeup of turkey goat cheese baked pasta

Turkey Goat Cheese Baked Pasta

march 22, 2022

closeup of turkey goat cheese baked pasta

 

Be your own personal chef with this easy pasta bake. My clients tell me how wonderful it is to pull something from the fridge already made and ready to heat. I am thrilled when I can do the same. This easy turkey tomato marinara, goat cheese and brown rice pasta dish carried me through some busy winter weeks. Continue reading

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Colcannon Potatoes

march 8, 2022

closeup of colcannon potatoes

Unfortunately, the “wearing of the green” for St. Patrick’s Day means that salad has fallen onto my shirt. I am a mutt, like most Americans, meaning there is Irish heritage muddled with the others. Alas, I’m not much for celebrating minor holidays like March 17 and donning apparel matching those holidays. But the food, I am all about the food. By food I mean potatoes and lots of them. Continue reading

clementine cardamom cocktail

Clementine Cardamom Cocktail

february 22, 2022

clementine cardamom cocktail

 

 

Nearly all cocktail recipes in this collection of recipes may be enjoyed alcohol-free as mocktails. Today’s Clementine Cardamom Cocktail is no exception. This is a good thing, for kids and everyone else who avoids spirits. An attractive seasonal beverage, with or without spirits,  is a reliable conversation starter and always welcome at the table. What made you think of these flavors? Very likely whatever is in season and paired with  herbs and spices not used in past recipes. Continue reading