Grilled Chicken and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Probably inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, these sandwiches include some of my favorite things, spinach, avocado and goat cheese.  Feel free to use your favorite tangy cheese.  Blue or gorgonzola would be just as good.  I added chicken for a heartier dinner sandwich but a meat-free version would be just fine too. Chicken [...] ...more

Garlic Chili Pepper Chicken

Simple and spicy.  Don’t like a lot of heat?  Try red bell peppers (or a combo of chili and bell peppers)  instead.  Either way, it’s full of flavor. Boneless Skinless Chicken, an assortment of breasts and thighs here Red Chili Peppers, 6 to 8 Garlic, one small head Tomato Paste, about 3 tablespoons Olive Oil [...] ...more

Sausage and Potato Soup

The weather is getting warm but there’s still enough chill some mights to enjoy a warm and hearty soup.  This one is easy and delicious. Italian Sausage, 1 1/2 pounds Onion, 2 small Garlic, 2 or 3 cloves Red Bell Pepper, 1 Rosemary Sage White Potatoes, 6 to 8, depending on size Chicken Stock or [...] ...more

Steak with Leeks and Red Wine Butter Sauce

Why, hello there!  Long time no see.  Our Life in the Kitchen, the blog, has been neglected even more than our actual life in the kitchen lately.  No good excuses,  really.  Life’s been busy, work’s been busy.  Cooking has been entirely uninspired.  We’re down to a household of only three and I’ve found the adjustment [...] ...more

Flashback: Navy Bean Soup

Got leftover Christmas ham?  Put it to good use with big pot of warm comfort food.  This pot will serve a big crowd, perfect if you’ve still got Holiday company, but it’s easy to halve it.  No ham this year?  Try bacon or sausage instead. Navy Beans, 2 pounds, dry Ham Bone with some meat [...] ...more

Creamy Chicken Vegetable Soup

This simple soup is warm comfort in a bowl.  Using frozen chicken tenderloins made it easier but a whole cut up chicken, simmered in the pot and then deboned, would add even more flavor.  The choice of herbs is yours.  I used poultry seasoning and a little additional sage.  Marjoram, thyme, rosemary and sage would [...] ...more

Holiday Treats

  My favorite holiday treat isn’t a cookie, it’s a sugary confection called Divinity.  Light and airy and nearly nothing but sugar, it’s not something I’d eat all the time but that’s what makes it such a treat.  This recipe is a long-time family tradition.  Here’s the recipe, along with a couple of cookie favorites. [...] ...more

Beef Brisket

Although my grill-master son (and I) would prefer to slow smoke this outdoors, the cooking low and slow in oven is a good substitute when the weather’s not the best for outdoor cooking.  As usual, I was feeding a small crowd so there’s a lot of meat here.  If you’re cooking less you’ll probably have [...] ...more

This Year’s Thanksgiving Menu Plan

It seems like Thanksgiving has come up quickly this year.  Earlier this week it suddenly hit me that I better start thinking ahead.  I’m planning a pretty traditional dinner this year, sticking with tried-and-true dishes for the most part.  We’ll do two smaller birds, one shown here and one to be smoked by my son [...] ...more

Honey Lavender Roasted Sweet Potatoes

An easy side that went very nicely with the Sweet Tea Brined Pork Tenderloin, sweet potatoes with a touch of sweet and a hint of lavender.  They’ll go well with chicken too. Sweet Potatoes, 3 or 4 Honey, about 1/3 cup Butter, 3 tablespoons Lavender, 1 teaspoon Salt and Pepper Preheat the oven to 350. [...] ...more