Adding on a vegetable

You come home from work and head straight into the kitchen. Within a few minutes, you are pre-heating, sauteing, chopping and seasoning. It's a Tuesday, you've put in a full day at work, and now you are cooking with purpose: You are trying to get dinner on the table before 7 pm....more
My "go to" is asparagus - fresh, not canned.  A little olive oil, garlic and salt and bake it ...more

Grow Your Own Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence is readily available in your grocery store and in your herb garden. You can easily grow the savory, fennel, basil, thyme and lavender found in the commercial mixtures.Read more   ...more

Grow Your Own Bouquet Garni

According to Julia Child, a bouquet garni is used to flavor soups, stews and braised meats and consists of parsley, thyme, and bay leaf with other vegetable leaves added occasionally. Most modern recipes require more complex flavors and call for bouquet garni made of many different herbs, all of which can be found in your herb garden....more

Pickled Peppers

I have such a wonderfully ridiculous quantity of peppers in my garden that I had to come up with a project that went beyond simply adding them to everything that I was eating. Pickling them was really the best idea. They will last for a long time that way, and they also take up a much more reasonable space!...more

Catching Up to the Present

Well, I've got to admit that trying to fill in all of the missing information from the last several years of my life has proven pretty daunting.  I've decided to push forward and just start posting the most current things I'm doing, cooking, and having fun with!For the sake of getting the blog up to speed:...more


This blog is a new start to a blog I started a couple of years ago as I was just beginning my cooking career.  This began as a very green, wide-eyed journey into what I wasn't sure would ever be a life I could sustain and thrive within.My first blog was called "The Profane Chef" and the welcome page was this:...more

How To Make Delicious Gluten Free Pancakes!

What a perfect and luxurious way to start off a Sunday morning, with a tall stack of delicious, gluten free pancakes, topped with figs, plums and whipped, thick cream! Yes, a true indulgence but it really is a very easy recipe. If you love pancakes and you really need a great gluten free pancake recipe, then you need this one!   ...more

The Reluctant Cook: Cutting a Chiffonade of Basil

As evidence of the video below, my knife skills are a bit lackluster, and the Chef's videotaping needs a lot of work too. However, the Chef was giving me instruction on how to cut basil for our dinner last night and he videotaped me using a technique called chiffonade. That's just a fancy little French word for making elegant ribbons....more

Potato Bread

Potato Bread is a easy, soft and tasty bread recipe prepared using mashed potato, flour and milk. This bread is got a mild flavor of potato and little sweetness. You can serve this bread with butter, maple syrup or  with any spicy curry for breakfast / lunch / dinner or even use it in sandwich....more
Looks good!more


 I know it has been a while since I have written here, but this morning seemed like a good time because what I have been reminded of recently was that I need to have faith in my senses and gifts when I am cooking. Cooking is all about having faith in one’s self and one’s abilities....more