For my birthday last year, my friend Melissa S. wanted to prepare her family's favorite meal for my family. What a treat it was! She knows me well and therefore invited me to come and cook with her and learn the recipe. Cooking with a friend + Learning new recipes + Sharing a meal together … Continue reading Chicken Piccata: Tastes Like Love to Me
A couple of years ago, my friend Jennifer sent this recipe to me, knowing it would be a hit with my family. She was right! It quickly became a family favorite, especially for Dave. He is obsessed with it. This soup is full of flavor, texture, color, and brightness. I didn't make the connection when … Continue reading Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen: Dave’s Constant Crave
I am a believer in substituting. I often replace a name brand thing or a fatty thing, with something less costly, caloric or prestigious. In recipes, I love finding cheaper, healthier ingredients to use. Sometimes substitutions work and other times they just don’t measure up. There are some ingredients for which the generic just aren’t … Continue reading To Substitute or Not to Substitute?
Ina Garten is my favorite high profile cook. I trust her. She is real, down to earth, uses great ingredients (some that are far beyond my scope or wallet, but most not) and simple techniques. One of the best things I have learned from her, through the several Barefoot Contessa cookbooks I own, is roasting. … Continue reading Roasted Winter Vegetables
Brownies. Classic. Simple. Yet not so simple. All brownies were NOT created equal! In fact, the variance between brownies, in quality and taste, can be vast, yet they all go by the same name of Brownie! I have realized in the past few years that I have a complex relationship with Brownies. They are, on one hand, a … Continue reading the Best Brownies Ever
Sometimes I crave a scone- a buttery, sweet (but not too sweet), flaky, warm scone. I have tasted many-a scone at coffee shops and bakeries. Some are moan-able and others I could pass up. I think of scones as somewhere between a muffin and a biscuit. I have also found that there are scone people … Continue reading Sometimes I Crave a Scone