plated greek salad with orange

Greek Salad with Orange

february 20, 2020

plated greek salad with orange

 

Here is a confession of sorts, although I feel no guilt in admitting that I cannot wait until summer to enjoy the taste and texture of fresh tomatoes. They are enjoyed raw in salads and roasted with garlic and olive oil. Grape tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, Campari tomatoes—whatever name they are given, they taste lovely to me.

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closeup of blood orange chia pudding

Blood Orange Chia Pudding

february 6, 2020

closeup of blood orange chia pudding

 

Sweets for the sweet during  St. Valentine’s month, or maybe not. If your tastes run more to bitter, tart or just plain less sweet when you enjoy desserts, or breakfast, you will like this Greek yogurt based pudding with maple sweetened blood oranges and chia seeds.

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closeup of butternut black bean soup

Butternut Black Bean Soup

january 23, 2020

closeup of butternut black bean soup

The enjoyment of eating soup can be likened to the development of a good friendship. Things are lovely in the beginning and as time passes the relationship takes on depth from shared experiences. You would not immediately bond with most potential friends and you would not fully appreciate the complex flavors of soup until some time has passed and the taste blooms into something wonderful. Continue reading

Jasmine Pomegranate Cocktail

Jasmine Pomegranate Cocktail

january 8, 2020

Jasmine Pomegranate Cocktail

 

Torn between having a nice hot cup of tea, because it’s winter, and a refreshing cold beverage, because it’s 60-something degrees for days on end, I decided to celebrate both drinks with a cocktail using fragrant jasmine tea, pomegranate juice and gin, shaken over ice. Continue reading

quinoa pancakes with maple syrup

Quinoa Pancakes

december 26, 2019

quinoa pancakes with maple syrup

 

Love me some pancakes, but not fond of the sleepy state that ensues. Carby sugar rush is a given unless there’s a hefty side or two of protein to keep me from snoozing. I think I’ll just add some high quality protein to my buttermilk pancakes with chewy bits of cooked quinoa and call that an eye opening breakfast. Continue reading

cheddar walnut spread

Cheddar Walnut Spread

december 5, 2019

cheddar walnut spread

One of the easiest appetizers to serve for impromptu gatherings, pre-dinner nibbles and large crowds is a good spread for crackers and crisp vegetables. This is why hummus is so very popular. If it’s not homemade, there will be various flavors to consider at your local market. This cheese and walnut spread is like hummus for those who don’t fancy hummus. The consistency is similar and the versatility is similar in that you can use this make-ahead spread with crispy things, schmear it on on sandwiches and wraps and use it to add creamy cheesiness to mashed potatoes and polenta. Continue reading

slice of pumpkin cheesecake pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

november 20, 2019

slice of pumpkin cheesecake pie

Pumpkin pie means Thanksgiving. Pumpkin cheesecake is always welcome at the holiday table. Why not combine the two and make a creamy dessert with spiced pumpkin custard hugging a layer of cheesecake? For you fans of make-ahead, this dessert may be frozen. Continue reading

apple ginger cocktail

Apple Ginger Cocktail

november 6, 2019

apple ginger cocktail

When you live in a state that boasts of the world’s apple capital (Winchester, Virginia), you stock up on as many apples and apple products like fresh cider and apple butter as you can during the peak season. Hoping to craft a cocktail with apple essence, I roamed the aisles of the local liquor store and found not one, but several, brands of Virginia apple brandy. The friendly sales clerk schooled me in the difference between applejack (apple plus grain spirits with a lighter flavor profile) and apple brandy ( apple cider aged and possessing a rich depth). Woods Mill Distillery in Faber, Virginia, produces a fine smoky tasting apple brandy which was used for today’s autumn cocktail. Continue reading

sausage vegetable cheese grits

Sausage Vegetable Cheese Grits

october 23, 2019

sausage vegetable cheese grits

Meals eaten from a big bowl with a big spoon taste better, and that’s a fact, according to certain authorities. Okay, my authority and not necessarily others. It’s my favorite manner of meal delivery—big salad, big bowl of chunky soup and for this breakfast, big bowl of cheese grits topped with autumn veggies and local sausage. Continue reading

slice of apple butter streusel cake

Apple Butter Streusel Cake

october 9, 2019

slice of apple butter streusel cake

Go ahead, open that little jar and take a good long sniff. The aroma of nutmeg means fall is here. Apples and cinnamon go hand in hand, but when paired with nutmeg, apple becomes more apple. You can be  generous with cinnamon, adding to suit your taste. Not so fast with nutmeg, since it can easily overpower a savory dish like potato gratin or sweet baked goods like cakes and cookies. A little bit goes a long way with this cozy coffeecake. Continue reading