Cream of Carrot Soup


I was not completely sold on the idea of carrot soup when I first heard it.  I gave it a try, though, and it quick became one of my favorite soups.  I’m partial to it in the fall, probably because of carrot harvest, but it is light enough to be on your table year round…. [Continue Reading]

Zucchini and eggs


When I was a kid, my mother, sister and I lived with my Italian grandmother for a bit before moving into our own digs. There are several food related memories from those days, as you might imagine. 

Yard Larder: Rhubarb


Because of its perennial status, rhubarb can easily be categorized in the Yard Larder category.  It’s sour when eaten raw, but I do know folks who are perfectly content with a stalk of rhubarb and a shaker of salt.  I’ve done that myself; not bad, but not my favorite use of rhubarb.  Personally, I think… [Continue Reading]

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of those dishes that draws people into experiencing Thai cooking. It’s a tasty beginner’s dish and it’s made with ingredients that are easily available and allows for mild, medium or spicy palates. Pad Thai can be served with Chicken, Shrimp, Tofu or Vegetarian Style. 6 Garlic Cloves (peeled and pressed) 1/4 C Fish… [Continue Reading]

Shrimp Pizza


Shrimp pizza is one of my favorite homemade pizzas.  We make it a little more non-traditional by using an alternative pizza sauce.  Our sauce for shrimp pizza is a traditional cocktail sauce, and instead of mozzarella, we use grated cheddar. Also, the shrimp is par cooked before topping the pizza. If put on the pizza… [Continue Reading]

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

Another successful confection from my candy-making phase is traditional hard candy.  Hard candy is a classic.  It takes few ingredients to make, and it is pretty in a candy dish or a gift jar.  This old recipe is my favorite. 2 c sugar 1 c water 3/4 c light corn syrup Food coloring (red, green,… [Continue Reading]

Porcini Mushrooms in a Cognac Cream Sauce

Porcinis in cream RSZD

Mushroom and cream sauce fans alike with love this recipe.  The dried porcinis make this an extremely flexible dish as far as scheduling goes.

Cowboy Caviar


A coworker from my past introduced me to this completely simple, economic and tasty appetizer.  The ‘caviar’ is not fish eggs, but yummy black  beans.  Good chunks of veggies, tortillas, and sturdy tortilla chips are good options for dipping or scooping this tasty concoction.  I never got the formal recipe from Kathy, my coworker, but… [Continue Reading]

Perfect Butterscotch Patties


When I was a teenager, a couple friends and I went through a candy-making phase that lasted about 3 months.  Being a big fan of butterscotch, I dug up this recipe from the family archives.  It’s made with stuff found in most people’s kitchens, is pretty foolproof, and sure is good.  I’ve given it for… [Continue Reading]

Add Some Chevre


Another great way to add some snap to a sandwich is chevre.  Chevre is a tangy, light, soft goat cheese whose flavor and texture make it a great layer on a  veggie wrap, for example, loaded with carrots, cukes, sprouts, and whatever other vegetable options are available to you.  Chevre cheese is a mid-priced cheese,… [Continue Reading]

Chicken with Lemon-Caper Cream

chicken capers cream RSZD

I love it when elegant recipes come with a short list of basic ingredients. Such is the case with this version of chicken with lemon-caper cream.

Sandwich Spread


Several years ago, my Aunt Sylvia gave me a jar of the most interesting sandwich spread.  It was different and really, really tasty.  I asked for the recipe, and was surprised to see green tomatoes as one of the core ingredients.  I’m always on the lookout for ways to use excess produce, and green tomatoes… [Continue Reading]

Scallops and Mushrooms in a Martini Cream Sauce

scallops and mushrooms RSZD

Bay Scallops and baby mushrooms are two of my favorites. So when I found this simple recipe combining the two of them, I was delighted.

Welsh Humbug


On a recent trip home, I went on a recon mission to find some of my favorite family recipes that I didn’t already have in my collection.  I went on a candy-making spree sometime in my teen-aged years.  My stepfather brought this recipe to the table in the midst of my hard-candy phase.  I loved… [Continue Reading]

Honey/Peanut Rolls


My mother made this for us when we were kids.  Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and honey, in my humble opinion.  This treat just brings that home.  Few ingredients, cost effective, pretty healthy and yummy, too.  And it keeps well.  It’s a great holiday cookie; hostess gift; or just a nice sweet to have on… [Continue Reading]