Pork rillette in the slow cooker

Pork rillette in the slow cooker

  Charcuterie is one of my favorite things on the planet. I have read recipes for preparing several different types of charcuterie, but I fear I lose steam when it comes to the time commitment. I will leave it to others, but a rustic rillette. I thought…I could do this. I could make this even [...]

Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce

Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce

My new favorite thing to eat is eggplants. It was something that I did not love as a child and have not given it much of a break as an adult, but all my preconceived notions are now gone. This easy rustic recipe will convert even the skeptical ones of the bunch about this beautiful [...]

One Brisket, several meals

One Brisket, several meals

  At the mere mention of brisket, my mouth waters. I do not buy it that often, but with the chill in the air this spring, I went shopping. You can’t buy a small amount of brisket. About the smallest size I could find was 5 lbs.  It is a lot of meat for the [...]

Pork Lover's Tamale Pie

Pork Lover’s Tamale Pie

  I try not to like Rachel Ray, but this tamale pie that I adapted from one of her recipes was fabulous. Rachel’s raspy chirp and kitsch phrases drive me a little crazy.  She is constantly praising how great her food is smelling, tasting, and looking.  Now that may be something that I might, possibly, [...]

Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas over Sweet Potato

Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas over Sweet Potato

      I was on the hunt for a hearty vegetarian recipe. You know the one that a carnivore wouldn’t miss the meat at the meal kind of recipe.  Coconut Braised Spinach and Chickpeas over Sweet Potatoes is the exact kind of recipe that I was searching for. I could taste every flavor of [...]

Soba Noodles with Eggplant & Mango

Soba Noodles with Eggplant & Mango

  I love reading cookbooks. I read them like novels, but it is rare that I make almost every recipe from a particular cookbook. I find them inspirational and only cook a few recipes from them.  I just recently opened a cookbook that blew my mind and I want to cook almost every recipe in [...]

Garlic in olive oil

Garlic in olive oil

 Mellow, nutty, and sweet. I love how garlic tastes when it is cooked. Making up a jar of roasted garlic in olive oil doesn’t take long. It will last about 2 weeks, but it never lasts that long in our house. What do I use it on? The real question is what I don’t use it [...]

Blueberry and Coconut Coffeecake

Blueberry and Coconut Coffeecake

I have been away for a while. I have had some writer’s block.  NOT sure why, by the way. Maybe I have been just feeling quiet. Okay, my friends just spit out their coffee because I am never quiet. Thanks for your patience, all the same. So finally after three different versions of making this cake I have finally found the [...]

Chicken Thighs, Sausage, and Kale Stew (slow-cooker recipe)

Chicken Thighs, Sausage, and Kale Stew (slow-cooker recipe)

  It is the time of year that calls for us to pull out our slowcookers and make hearty stews of tender meats and vegetables. I had a wonderful reader say what she loves about the growing season is that it starts and ends with greens. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think that I even had kale until [...]

CSA recipe 5: Omelette and Arugula salad

CSA recipe 5: Omelette and Arugula salad

  Ingredients used: Farm fresh eggs Arugula Scallions If anyone ever asks me what my favorite food is or what is my favorite ingredient is… it is the egg.  I love how you can use them to bake, bind a meatloaf, make a deviled egg or serve up a beautiful souffle’. They are creamy, inexpensive, great source [...]