Simply Recipes

I am blessed to have been raised by two parents who both love to cook, and do it well. Mom was primarily self-taught, figuring out ways to feed her six kids healthy food on dad's teacher salary. Dad grew up during the depression and learned how to make use of anything available. He used to amaze us with stories about shooting squirrels in the forest nearby for squirrel stew. My parents know things that I don't - how to take a pheasant that has just been shot and make a meal out of it, how to gut a fish, or how to butcher a rabbit. Several years ago I moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area to be closer to my folks. Having been too busy with my career to cook much, I wanted to learn how to cook the foods I loved growing up, and document what I was learning for my siblings and friends. I started Simply Recipes, a food blog, that uses many of the recipes and methods of my parents, focusing primarily on home cooking with whole foods in season. I strongly believe that everyone should know how to cook and I especially love teaching the children of my friends the joys of cooking.

How to Steam Hard Boiled Eggs

Pssst! You want to know the best way to make hard boiled eggs? Steam them! ...more

Roast Leg of Lamb

The most important thing to remember about cooking a lamb roast is to not over-cook it. Lamb has such wonderful flavor on its own, and is so naturally tender, that it is bound to turn out well, as long as it is still a little pink inside. Continue reading "Roast Leg of Lamb" » ...more

Crispy Hash Browns

My father, being of the solid German stock that he is, is naturally a...more

Artichoke and Shrimp Risotto

Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be in a hurry these days? Sometimes I think in our mad dash to do everything and live life to the fullest, we...more

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs! Easter egg hunts and summer picnic potlucks. I have been known to devour a dozen of these in one sitting....more

Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

The trees outside my bedroom window decided to leaf out this week, signaling that spring is in full bloom here. A week ago all I could see was filaments of grey and brown, and now the view is awash in the bright lime green of budding leaves. Here’s a quiche to celebrate the green of spring, with spinach, artichokes, shallots, and goat cheese ....more

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day with this rich, chocolatey, moist, out-of-this-world chocolate guinness cake, adapted from Nigella Lawson by...more

Irish Soda Bread

It appears everyone has their favorite Irish soda bread recipe. Some with caraway seeds, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. The essential ingredients in a traditional Irish soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk ....more

Colcannon

Have you ever had colcannon? A St. Patrick’s day favorite, it’s a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and usually kale or cabbage ....more

Shrimp Scampi

Do you have a favorite meal for those need-something-quick-and-don’t-want-to-have-to-plan-or-work-too-hard days?...more