09 July 2022: Roasting Beets

Today, July 9th would have been my Dad’s 104th birthday, and so, in his honor I give you… roasted beets. (Just kidding. Dad really did not like beets one bit. As kids, we sometimes threatened to “hide” them in his mashed potatoes, thereby tricking him into eating beets, Ahhh kid-logic. It never occurred to us…

07 July 2022: Vegan Potato Salad

Melissa Clark is one of my favorite food writers at the New York Times. In fact, her book, Dinner in French, is one of my go-to’s for inspiration and French cuisine. With our granddaughter’s egg allergy, I am always looking for egg-free dishes that are delicious and appealing. This creamy potato salad, which we rolled…

04 July 2022: Fizzy Watermelon Mocktail

While I’m not a terrible home bartender, I’ve discovered that my mocktail game really needs some work. This morning I was in search of a refreshing mocktail that would offset the heat of Independence Day. And put to good use some of the very large watermelon that was taking up space in my fridge. This…

01 Jul 2022: Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup

On this 90-plus degree day, we turned to our cherished Moosewood Cookbook for a cool, refreshing, and light summer’s night dinner. Made early in the day, the soup had plenty of time to chill. It was also simple to pull together – add everything to a blender and blend. Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup Recipe from Mollie…

27 May 2022: Broccoli Salad

With grocery roulette becoming more pronounced, I’ve been looking for some new salad ideas, particularly ones that don’t involve using lettuces. Hetty McKinnon, cookbook author and a food and recipe contributor to the New York Times, is the creative force behind this salad recently published in the New York Times. For more terrific food ideas…

18 May 2022: King Arthur’s Simple Scones

Because today, May 18, is Adrien’s birthday, I decided to bake one of his favorite breakfast treats: scones. I really like this recipe from King Arthur Baking because it is a simple base from which to experiment. This morning, I added cinnamon bits and substituted maple syrup for the flavoring, but really, whatever the recipe…

08 May 2022: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad

We hosted family for a casual lunch on Mothers’ Day this year. When picking out what to cook for our family get-togethers, there’s a lot to think about when considering the guests range in age from 3 to 98. This simple and versatile recipe comes from Karie Houghton via Taste of Home website. It was…

02 May 2022: Vegan Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Sometimes I feel like I don’t make enough use of my Instant Pot. However, whenever we make a bean-based dish calling for dried beans, I absolutely know that going back to the “old ways” of prepping dried beans has been made infinitely more easy since Instant Pots and pressure cooking came back into vogue. This…

24 Apr 2022: Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

This soup was very satisfying – not vegetarian, but could easily adapted to be so. The combination of mashed and whole chickpeas made for an interesting texture. I personally would substitute something less salty for the chicken broth (wine?) and I would never use garlic powder. The portion sizes must be huge! I made a…

20 Apr 2022: Chicken Piccata

We don’t consume much meat or poultry any more, but when I do, I live by the mantra “a little goes a long way”. So this recipe for Chicken Piccata from Whole Foods Market was light on the chicken and the serving sizes were much smaller. The chicken meat was pounded with a rolling pin…