Meatless Monday No. 12 - Portobello Mushroom Burgers & Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Well, I did it... as promised, I restarted my Meatless Monday experiment and cooked dinner for Peter and I tonight. ...more

First Impressions of the Nobel Prize winning Chef Massimo Bottura in Modena, Italy

I have passed the Osteria Francescana many times before while perusing through Modena.  If you are a tourist, visiting for the first time, it is highly unlikely that you will pass it unless you specifically plan to go past.  It is off the historic main streets on a mainly residential side street. ...more

The Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Crisp and tangy, fried green tomatoes are the ultimate Southern comfort food .. These are one of my favorites.  I LOVE Fried green tomatoes.. A southern classic.  But this fried green tomato has a modern twist, Panko.Panko is a japanese breadcrumb that gets really crispy when fried or baked.  I absolutely love the crunchiness the panko gives to these tomatoes....more

Meatless Monday - Take Two

Not sure if anyone happened to notice, but (whispers) I didn't restart my Meatless Monday experiment in January like I'd said I would. And now (further whispers) it's more than halfway through February, and I STILL haven't managed to get back on the ...more
melanie jean juneau That's the nice thing about personal blogs - you can write about whatever ...more

Buttermilk Chicken Fingers

Only because I missed a recipe yesterday am I mixing it up and posting one today. I mean, if you're weather is anything like ours, you're starving. Why does snow/ice make me so darn hungry? All I want to do is eat! Well, here's an easy one (you probably have all of the ingredients if you're not able to go to the store) and it's pretty good for you! As long as we have power, I'll return tomorrow with my regular posts :) Everyone stay warm, safe and dry. I know E is super disappointed at the lack of snow and all of the ice we have....more

Egg White Muffin Cups

Are you trying to stay on track with your diet but run out of time in the mornings to cook? We share your pain. We are all about making meal planning easy and healthy. We came up with these super healthy egg white cups. They are basically just egg whites and asparagus, so they are very lean and healthy. There is a lot of controversy about eating the whole egg, so the question is…should you include the yolk? Research shows that it is important to add some egg yolk. You can add egg yolks to the mixture. If you are having 4 egg whites, maybe do three egg whites and one whole egg....more

I was in an abusive relationship, and cooking saved my life.

Sometimes I feel like I have a lived a hundred different lives and that I have found some impossibly clever way to tuck them all up inside of myself, revealing them only in the most deliberate of fashions. Like a wooden matryoshka doll stuffed full of smaller and less-full people, I sometimes seem to unfold.Which brings me to this story. This story I have been trying to write down for years now. This story that I am just now accepting as a part of my life, as something that happened in it and to me. It’s the story of how cooking saved me....more

Cook the Book: The Ancestral Table

This is the second "warm up" exercise in my Cook the Book:  The Ancestral Table adventure.  You may have read about the Domestic Man and his book The Ancestral Table and my first warm up here....more

Crosspost: Women's Receipt Books

In today's entry from The Great Plains Diaries of Harriet E. Whitcher, Hattie mentions working on her receipt-books:...more

Salmon Croquettes

This quick and easy dinner is perfect for those days when you forget to plan ahead and want a quality meal with minimal fuss.  These Salmon Croquettes taste great and are low in fat.  You can pair them with an array of sides including sweet potatoes, brown rice, baked fries, and of course steamed or fresh vegetables.Here is the simple recipe…enjoy! ...more