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…

12 Apr 2022: David Lebovitz’s Lemon-Glazed Madeleine

One of the rewards of reading David Lebovitz’s Sweet Life in Paris was discovering some of his favorite recipes interspersed among entertaining story-telling of adapting to Paris and French culture. This recipe is one of my favorites – you can find David’s original blog post here – definitely a must-read. For this, my second-ever batch…

10 Apr. 2022: Dorie Greenspan’s Green-As-Spring Soup

This was a delightful soup – hot or cold. Night One we ate it just as it finished cooking with a dollop of Greek yogurt, lime, and some basil. The next day, I took Dorie Greenspan at her word that the soup was good hot or cold and ate leftovers straight from the fridge. Both…

30 Mar 2022: David Lebovitz’ Dulce de Leche Brownies

Recently, I finished reading David Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris, which tells about his move to Paris and coming to terms with the cultural differences between his newly adopted home in Paris and San Francisco where he lived and worked. More than just a relocation, moving to Paris, or any other location really,…

22 Mar 2022: Kripalu Lemony Carrot Soup with Fennel Relish

I was fortunate to stay at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health a few years ago. Along with the inspirational yoga, Kripalu has a wonderful and well-earned reputation for deliciously healthy and healing foods. This delicious soup from Chef Jeremy Rock Smith is bright with lemon and dill and not at all heavy. Highly recommended:…

21 Feb. 2022: Arabian Squash-Cheese Casserole

It’s Monday and time for the #Moosewood2022 challenge! This recipe comes right from the original Moosewood Cookbook, one we purchased in 1978. This was surprisingly filling, and unsurprisingly, delicious. I’ll admit to taking a shortcut with the butternut squash though as our local grocer did not have any butternut squash this week. I used a…

18 Feb. 2022: Prosecco Chocolate Truffles

For my birthday this year, Adrien gifted me with 2 Sur La Table online cooking classes, and they’ve been terrific. Not only have we had some really wonderful meals, but I’ve learned a lot from the Chef at each demonstration and cook-along. Beside the reasonable cost ($29/class which allows for household to be online) the…