What Is Vichyssoise? Nothing More Than a Simple Leek and Potato Soup

The Recipe: Pronounced VEE-shee-shwaz, vichyssoise is a simple leek and potato soup. Serve it hot on cold days and cold on hot days. Either way, it is, in two easier-to-pronounce words, simply sublime ....more

Curried Corn Chowder with Coconut Milk ♥

A hearty corn chowder, laced with zucchini and carrot and pungent with curry. It's the time of year to throw a zucchini into everything we can. I know, I know, it's folly to think a household of three could make a dent in a backyard garden's zucchini production ....more

Easy Apricot Jam with Rosemary

The Recipe: A small batch of fresh apricot jam, barely sweet and with a bare touch of rosemary and lemon. And then? No canning required! ...more

Baked Orzo Casserole ♥ with Eggplant, Olives, Goat Cheese & More

A gorgeous summer casserole, orzo loaded with Mediterranean vegetables, every single bite delivers a surprise of fresh, summer flavors. The orzo casserole is inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi and is a great dish to carry during late summer and early fall. It easily switches between a vegetarian casserole or my favorite, laced with chicken ....more

Fresh Tomato Sauce ♥

How to make tomato sauce, not for canning, but fresh for supper. Make it with summer's best tomatoes and eat it straight-away, still warm from the stove, laced with the essence of basil. ~recipe updated~~more recently updated recipes~WAY BACK IN 2007 In the years I was digging my roots as a cook, I had the great fortune to move to Texas – nothing to do with Texas itself and everything to do with the fact that my mother's best friend from grade school lived all of two miles away ....more

Day 107: Pasta with Zucchini Noodles, Ricotta & Basil Pesto ♥

A summer classic, hot pasta tossed with ricotta and basil pesto. But here I've added zucchini noodles, both lightening the dish and somehow making it more substantial. And besides, it's zucchini season! ...more

Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

The Recipe: A no-bake creamy cheesecake pie. The crust is made with ground almonds and the cheesecake filling is topped with a barely sweet homemade blueberry pie filling. We cooks love to elicit moans of approval, this one's not to be missed! ...more

Black Bean & Corn Salad ♥

Summer in a bowl, just fresh vegetables and a can of black beans, brightened with a cumin-lime vinaigrette. So good! A great salad for dinner or a potluck and just to keep in the fridge ....more

Winter Fruit Salad

The Recipe: A fruit salad for the months when fresh fruit is scarce, a combination of fresh, frozen and canned fruit, brightened with lemon peel and Grand Marnier. Winter Fruit Salad is a beautiful fruit salad for buffets, brunches and other family gatherings. Early Easter, anyone? ...more

Falafel Burgers ♥ (Lentil Burgers)

Meaty lentils formed into vegetarian (and easily vegan-ized) veggie burgers, like falafel except shaped into burgers. Naturally Gluten Free. Very Weight Watchers Friendly, just four SmartPoints! ...more
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