Making Great Meals

I don’t consider myself a great cook.   I have been trained so I understand technique and cooking methods, and am not afraid or intimidated by recipes, but like art school, or music conservatories, culinary school can teach you technique, but no one can teach you to be talented.   That being said, I have made some really great meals that stand out in my memory as wonderful and delicious memories. ...more

Want to Eat - Too Tired to Cook?

Now, as you know dear readers, I am participating in the BlogHer blogging challenge for January. The topic of the month is Energy…and today’s prompt [a little question or comment that keeps you on topic] is this:Which daily task takes up the most of your energy?...more

A Creative Take on an American Classic: Turkey Burgers with Blueberries, Ginger and Lemongrass served with Blueberry Ketchup

On a recent road trip to visit a friend, my father passed Shirk’s Country Market, a unique food store located in rural central Missouri. My dad knew that I would be delighted to have a few items from this little shop....more

Easy Homemade Lasagna

Do you like lasagna but think making it is a hassle? Three pans is all it takes. We use home canned sauce, but you can use store bought sauce if you like. We use the old fashioned lasagna that you boil, but there is an oven ready lasagna noodle available now, which would cut the pans needed down to two. You can even make lasagna in a solar oven, but that is a post for another day!...more

Sheperding in Fall

On this cold, gray, drizzly day, I can't help but think of my two high school boys who have cross-country practice after school. As I picture them trotting along a nearby forest preserve trail in just t-shirts and shorts, damp with sweat and mist, and possibly a leaf or two stuck in their hair, one thought keeps crossing my mind. Read on......more

Almond Yogurt Chicken Recipe

Ingredients to make Almond Yogurt Chicken Recipe :4 chicken leg-thigh combinations2 tsp freshly grated ginger1 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakesSmall red chili peppers2 garlic cloves, minced1 tsp vegetable oil1/2 cup lemon juice2 tsp coriander1 tsp cuminCilantro sprigs1/4 teaspoon saltIngredients for Almond Yogurt Sauce :...more

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ball

I will let the pictures do the talking......more

I have succumbed to Pinterest Peer Pressure

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has seen a zillion pins for the eggs cooked inside a ring made from a pepper.I tried to be strong, but I just could not do it. I've succumbed to the peer pressure and made Omelet Inside Pepper Rings.But since I did not want to be a copy cat, I've made a few changes....more

Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk 1 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice zest of 2 limes juice of 2 limes pinch salt 1 bunch cilantro, chopped...more

Shrimp and Orzo Salad

Fire down people. I see the concern on your faces. Another recipe? Is this turning into a Martha Stewart gig and the next thing we’ll see is a post on how to crochet wineglass covers to keep bugs out of your wine during outdoor parties? NO. While I have the greatest respect for women who are that kind of creative I am not one of them....more