Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

The holiday season brings an abundance of Meyer lemons from my backyard tree and fresh leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving's relish that adorns the table every year.  Cranberries and lemons are a natural flavor pairing and each year, I find a way to combine them.This year, the simplicity of muffins bring a burst of lemons and … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Festive Fizz Cocktail

It's the holidays! A wonderful and most Booziest time of year. And to make your spirits brighter here is a festive fun cocktail you can whip up with just a few simple ingredients and a couple of really hard shakes.Festive Fizz CocktailServes 2Recipe from all recipesIngredients:Holiday Simple Syrup1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup water1/2 cinnamon stick1 (3-inch) rosemary sprigFor … Continue reading Festive Fizz Cocktail

Weeknight Wonders: Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry

We have embraced our empty nest status and continue to focus on creating a less hurried lifestyle (still a struggle) and rising to the challenges of cooking for two.Until recently, I was not sure what I felt about tofu.  Tofu is essentially mashed soybean curd.  Does that sound appetizing to me?  No, it does not. … Continue reading Weeknight Wonders: Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry

Scenes from My Pantry: Coconut Chicken Corn Chowder

Soup is on! One of my favorite ingredients in soup is coconut milk. Coconut milk provides a smooth and creamy base without the heaviness of cream.  This recipe not only delivers coconut milk as a layer of flavor but the base of the broth is simmered with fresh corn cobs to release the milky sweet … Continue reading Scenes from My Pantry: Coconut Chicken Corn Chowder

Scenes from My Pantry: Tabbouleh Summer Salad

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad traditionally made with parsley, mint, tomatoes, bulgur (cracked wheat) lemon juice and olive oil.   Like the spelling of Tabbouleh or  Taboule, or Tabouli, the variations are endless.  Traditional Lebanese and Israeli versions are focused squarely on the herbs, and the bulgur is meant only to be a garnish. My … Continue reading Scenes from My Pantry: Tabbouleh Summer Salad

Savoring the Season: Grilled Spiced Corn with Bacon

Growing-up there was only one way to eat sweet fresh corn and that was boiled.  My corn on the cob was always dressed the same.  A corn holder for each side, a pat of butter, salt and pepper.   I spent a lifetime eating corn without the slightest of variance.  Why? because it was good, … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Grilled Spiced Corn with Bacon

How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Vegetable Salad

The summer garden is in full swing. The beans are abundant, squashes are arriving, tomatoes are ripening, spring onions are ready, and we have harvested the last of the remaining spring carrots and beets.Mother Nature produces phenomenal flavors and textures, and she intends for you to enjoy it as close to nature as possible.  This … Continue reading How Does My Garden Grow: Summer Vegetable Salad

Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated~ConfuciusThere is nothing complicated here.  Only a few fresh ingredients needed.  Take a moment and savor the simplicity.Potato and Kale SoupServes 6Ingredients:2 Tablespoons olive oil2 strips applewood bacon, chopped1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1-2 large carrots, diced6 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup