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November 16, 2015


Cabbage Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Let me say right up front that I try not to share a recipe without a photo of the finished product. I’m doing it today because this recipe is just that good. I struggle with taking photos once it gets dark and now that the sun sets at around 5 pm it’s always dark when […]

March 13, 2015


Baked Ziti With Lamb

If you are new to reading my blog perhaps you don’t know that I love the Saturday “Off Duty” section of the Wall Street journal. As most newspapers seem to have less than exciting food sections, Off Duty continues to surprise me every weekend with its recipes. I’ve written about them here, here, here, here […]

January 8, 2015


Stewed Sausage With Fennel

For years I’ve subscribed to both Bon Appetit and Food & Wine. I have to admit that for the most part I’ve been more partial to Bon Appetit. The latest issue had me rethinking my allegiance. I understand that with the New Year there’s usually a fair amount of ideas for “healthy eating” in the […]

June 19, 2014


Cooking Yes, Blogging No

Do you think I’ve given up on cooking? My blog seems that it might be the case. I actually have been in the kitchen, but usually it’s in the evening when it’s too dark to take photos and truth be told, some nights I’m in too much of a rush to do anything more than […]

April 6, 2013


Keema Beef Curry

I love curry and typically mix my own spices rather than using curry powder, but for a quick meal this dish fits the bill. J. has taken to calling it “hamburger helper” which I don’t find at all funny, but I dare say that even he could whip this up some evening (hint,hint…). It’s very […]

March 2, 2013


Traditional Chicken And Rice From Lombardia

This is my new favorite one dish dinner. I was thumbing through Lidia Bastianich’s book “Lidia Cooks From The Heart Of Italy” when I found this recipe. It’s simple and you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard. The only thing I had to buy was the chicken. I frequently use Arborio rice […]

February 18, 2013


Tourte Au Chou

As much as I live by everything things Italian all the time, when it comes to food and cooking believe it or not, I do branch out. This savory “tourte” has been on my mind ever since I made the incredible “Woodland Tart” a few months ago. Both recipes come from a restaurant where I […]

February 15, 2013


Shrimp And White Beans

There’s a woman at my farmers’ market selling all sorts of dried beans and grains. In the past I wasn’t much of a bean lover, but I’ve been converted. Her cannellini beans are certainly worth the effort of soaking and cooking rather than using canned beans. A while back I made a very Tuscan dish […]

November 14, 2012


Beef Stew Provencal

I found the recipe for this wonderful stew scribbled on a piece of paper and I’m not sure where it originally came from. When I saw star anise and fresh fennel in the list of ingredients, I knew I had to give this a go. I’m a huge fennel fan. I have a stash of […]

October 1, 2012

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Simple Seafood Stew

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? This simple seafood stew certainly fits the bill. You’ll be amazed how fast this dish comes together. Once you throw the seafood into the broth, it’s barely five minutes until it’s done. The first time I made this I went out and bought a bottle of clam juice […]