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

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

Spicy Ramen Stir Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

My post-parenting years begin soon.  We are moving from a child focused life, back to our own lives.  As parents of two amazing sons, who are fiercely independent, intelligent, humorous, kind and inspiring, this would be the time in our lives we pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done.  If only it were … Continue reading Spicy Ramen Stir Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

Stove to Table within 30 minutes: Moroccan Lentil Stew with Raisins

This lentil stew with raisins is considered a traditional Moroccan comfort soup much like our beloved chicken soup.   Chick peas, lentils, and golden raisins stew in a savory tomato broth with cinnamon, cumin and red pepper.   Dried fruits are a staple in a Moroccan kitchen and the raisins here are a perfect addition … Continue reading Stove to Table within 30 minutes: Moroccan Lentil Stew with Raisins

Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

I was searching for a recipe to highlight the use of both fresh and dried herbs, and stumbled upon this great recipe from Elise at simplyrecipes .  This recipe creates a oven dish wonder.  The dish is layered with potatoes, onions, and garlic cloves, which will roast in the pan juices.  The seasoned chicken thighs will roast on … Continue reading Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Weeknight Madness: Pasta Fagioli (Italian Bean and Pasta Soup)

Pasta Fagioli or as it sometimes called Pasta "Fazool" is an Italian style peasant soup which includes two inexpensive ingredients pasta and beans.  You just need to add a few readily available ingredients  and you have a delicious, healthy and satisfying soup. What I love about this soup is it is forgiving.  A little less … Continue reading Weeknight Madness: Pasta Fagioli (Italian Bean and Pasta Soup)

Winding Down with Arugula-Proscuitto Flatbread Pizzas

It has been a crazy, busy, wonderful summer.  Time to wind down and relax.Fire up the grill for easy to prepare flat bread pizzasSit, relax and enjoy.Argula-Proscuitto Flatbread PizzasServes 4Recipe from Food NetworkIngredients:2 pieces lavash or other flatbread, halved1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing1/2 cup grated fontina cheese (about 2 ounces)4-ounces thinly … Continue reading Winding Down with Arugula-Proscuitto Flatbread Pizzas

Chili Rubbed Shrimp Tacos with Pico De Gallo and Cilantro-Lime Crema

Let's Get This Party Started!Friends open up the windows, invite your family and friends, turn the music up loud, fill the ice chest with cold beer, locate a good porch wine, or better yet shake up a cocktail, it is officially BBQ season (or inside grill pan season). This is an easy to put together three-part … Continue reading Chili Rubbed Shrimp Tacos with Pico De Gallo and Cilantro-Lime Crema

Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil

Let's keep it simple…Life happens.A cold beer or a glass of wine….And a  loaf of crusty bread to soak up the garlicky oil is all that you need to make this easy to prepare shrimp dish perfect.Garlicky Shrimp with Olive OilServes 8 (first course Servings)Recipe from Food and WineIngredients:1 cup extra-virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, … Continue reading Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil

Clean Eating: Roasted Apple with Ricotta, Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate

Sharing my food from my kitchen and garden are important to me, followed by the simplicity of preparation. With these thoughts as my foundation I am also reminded that to be healthy, I have to eat healthy.  Don't get me wrong I eat my share of crap food, on the run, and through the drive … Continue reading Clean Eating: Roasted Apple with Ricotta, Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate