Savoring the Season: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Soup in my world is fundamental.  It is basic, real and soulful.  My love affair with soup may be because simply stated Soup can just happen.  It can be made from almost anything leftover bits of meat, veggies, discarded celery tops, a handful of beans or pasta woven together in a broth, it just works, … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Fast Weeknight Wonder: Oregano Lemon Chicken

A fast delicious meal does not get any easier than baked chicken with lemon and oregano. Served up with fresh greens with a light vinaigrette and basmati rice to soak up all the pan juices.Oregano Lemon ChickenServes 6Recipe from Taste of HomeIngredients:6 bone-in chicken thighs3 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons honey1 tablespoon olive oil3 garlic cloves, minced2 … Continue reading Fast Weeknight Wonder: Oregano Lemon Chicken

Rock Your Crockpot: A Family Favorite Pot Roast

When I move into crazy ass mode by mid week, or have lost my kitchen groove, and a family meal is still required this is when my slow cooker emerges from the depths of my cabinetry, and makes it way to my counter top.  A slow cooked meal can produce a weeknight/weekend wonder meal.  With … Continue reading Rock Your Crockpot: A Family Favorite Pot Roast

The Incredible Egg: Spanish Eggs and Toast with Goat Cheese

"The Incredible, Edible egg"- American Egg Board (circa 1977)Eggs are not just for breakfast anymore. There is absolutely no reason why eggs cannot be your dinner and lunch too.  Eggs are healthy, lean, protein rich and can be part of an endless array of dishes.This dish is a traditional Spanish style dish called migas ("crumbs" … Continue reading The Incredible Egg: Spanish Eggs and Toast with Goat Cheese

A Weeknight Wonder: Vietnamese Pork Chops

Shallots, brown sugar, fish sauce, rice vinegar, freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt makes for a beautiful Vietnamese style marinade Fire up the grill or heat a large skilletServe up and enjoy these tasty pork chops Vietnamese Pork ChopsServes 4Recipe from Bon AppetitIngredients:1 small shallot, finely chopped1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar1/4 cup fish sauce (such … Continue reading A Weeknight Wonder: Vietnamese Pork Chops

Keeping it Simple: Creamy Tomato Soup

We often forget that there are simple foods that nourish us body and soul.  What comes to mind is a  bowl of creamy homemade tomato soup.   The only thing that might be missing from this bowl of perfection is a grilled cheese sandwich.Creamy Tomato SoupServes 6Recipe from Cooking LightDirections:1.  Heat a medium saucepan over … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Creamy Tomato Soup

Fast and Easy Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

 Got chili?  Here is a perfect companion bread.  A southwest style jalapeño and cheddar bread that works every time. Jalapeño Cheddar BreadMakes 1 loafIngredients:2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoon sugar1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 teaspoon salt1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 cup milk1/3 cup canola oil1 large egg3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced1/2 … Continue reading Fast and Easy Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

Eating Down the Refrigerator: One-Skillet Sausage And Polenta Parmesan

While trying to reach the glory of eating down my refrigerator and pantry, I came across this recipe that makes for an easy weeknight meal.  This would not have likely made my radar,  but  I have odd and end ingredients scattered throughout my pantry, and it caught my eye.  It's a good thing because it … Continue reading Eating Down the Refrigerator: One-Skillet Sausage And Polenta Parmesan

Easy Classic Chicken Jambalaya

There are gazillion variations of jambalaya.  This one is simple, stays close to the classic style, and is easy to make for your family, or for a roaring hungry crowd.There is more than chicken that fills the pot. Lots of andouille sausage and smoked ham too.Classic Chicken JambalayaServes 6-8Recipe from EmerilIngredients:One 3-1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 … Continue reading Easy Classic Chicken Jambalaya