Roasted Yam Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, by a Menopausal Chef

Becoming menopausal has not only altered my personality, but it has also triggered food cravings; and sweets seem to arouse my heart’s desire to no-end. Little did I know that my vinaigrettes—my heart’s creations on a whim, fashioned to sate my sweet-tooth with tartness—would be so well received from family and friends. I now make these often for them, served vegetarian or with shrimp. It is for this reason that I have decided to share my treasured recipes, here on Blog.Her. And this dish, in particular, is simply dazzling on the taste-buds. A great combination of flavors!...more

Japanese Spicy Crab Salad ~ Better Than At The Sushi Bar

Japanese food is an enigma. A delicate balance between the over cooked and the uncooked, between the overly seasoned and the unseasoned… A balance of extremes. Japanese cuisine reflects its culture. A graceful symmetry between the old and the new. A level scale holding on to the past and pressing into the future....more

A Gift of a Salad: Preserved Lemon and Cantaloupe Salad

The salad was so refreshing and interesting that I made more of it for my lunch the next day, this time with the addition of feta cheese. The result is like the recently popular feta and watermelon combo out on a date with a classic Greek salad....more
be careful of the cantaloupes... not sure where you live, but 16 people across the USA have died ...more

Fried Calamari Salad with Caperberris and Lemon Aioli

Looking back on my life, I recognize the most effective heart-felt lessons have been extremely painful to learn.Often we hope and pray for smooth sailing;–for health, wealth, and loving relationships. We claim to be teachable in the good times, but it’s the harrowing moments that force us to stare our character in the face, and make adjustments. Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. ~C.S. Lewis...more

The Roast Chicken Chronicles Episode I: Getting Naked

When nothing much attracts my attention at the grocery store, I slip into a comfortable frame of mind and grab a whole chicken. It’s quick. It’s versatile. It takes care of itself in the oven. Most importantly, it satisfies. Actually, it satisfies me so often that I’m starting a recurring series on Cook the Story devoted to roasting birds. Welcome to The Roast Chicken Chronicles. Staring at those legs dangling coyly alongside the décolletage, I couldn’t decide which exotic spice combo, sauce or method to seduce you with in this first episode. It occurred to me to perhaps start slow, keep the bird naked and take it from there. ...more

Mediterranean Salad

I don't know if I ever told you before but I do all the shopping.  My wife really just slows me down when we go, so grocery shopping is one thing that I do alone, it's my time, and it's actually therapeutic.  It also gives me time to look for new products that might have come in, or just time to think of new dishes to make.... I do enjoy browsing the aisles!...more

Life Lessons from Fish Sauce ~ Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad

The lesson of fish sauce: Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden. ~Phaedras...more

Never under-estimate the power of fish sauce! The dish looks delish!more

Spring Salad Pizza

The sun is shining, the skies are clear and that’s how I like my Mondays!...more

Let's Eat More RAW Kale

Sometimes a good idea appears out of thin air. Other times it comes from an inspired experience. Recently I ate my very first RAW kale salad. Why had I never eaten kale in it’s natural state before? I have no idea. I guess tradition is the culprit. Nutrient rich kale is a veggie I’ve cooked many times. I’ve steamed, stewed, even baked kale, but never eaten it raw....more

A Whole Lotta Gardening

Life has been full lately. A beautiful, tasty, diverse kind of full. But, so full that some afternoons all I want to do is nap. Curl up on top of my clean bed, babe in arms, and drift off. Not for a long while, just a half hour. Alas, Reality Check: Babe is hardly a babe anymore. He's 1 already. Wah! Babe only takes one short nap a day. One very short nap. And, twenty minute nap usually occurs before the afternoon lethargy hits....more