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.

Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

One of my favorite recipes from childhood is one for stuffed bell...more

Classic Baked Chicken

If there is one recipe that every home cook should know, it’s this baked chicken recipe. All you need is chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper (and maybe some stock or white wine for gravy). Continue reading "Classic Baked Chicken" » ...more

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

When the nights start getting cooler after a long hot summer, and the leaves show glimpses of turning color, that’s when apple season starts around here. We grow Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Pink Lady, and Fuji apples, all great for making apple pie! Continue reading "Old Fashioned Apple Pie" » ...more

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

September is a great time of year for fresh green beans here in Sacramento. I was too busy to plant them this year, but have been finding beauties at our local market. Usually we just boil them until tender, place a dab of butter on them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and call it a day ....more

Chicken Parmesan

Oh how we love chicken parmesan—chicken cutlets, breaded and fried, smothered with tomato sauce, covered with Mozzarella cheese, and baked until the cheese...more

Sonoran Quesadilla (Cheese Crisp)

I’ve been going through the Simply Recipes archives lately, updating recipes that seem...more

Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Here is a family favorite for a weeknight dinner—chicken thighs, floured and browned and then baked, served with a creamy mushroom sauce. You can serve it with rice, or if you put it over egg noodles, you have something resembling a chicken stroganoff. Continue reading "Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce" » ...more

Easy Poached Eggs

Poaching eggs couldn’t be easier. It’s also...more

Blackberry Shortcake

Who says strawberries have a monopoly on shortcake desserts? In serious denial regarding the end of August and the daylight hours that get shorter and shorter, I bought a huge basket of blackberries at the market today. I tossed them with a little lemon juice and sugar and let them macerate while I made a batch of butter and cream biscuits ....more

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

It’s Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of the summer holidays (though for some kids, school started a couple weeks ago!) We’ve been experimenting with grilled shrimp lately and I thought I’d share this festive shrimp taco for those of you still looking for ideas of what to grill this weekend. Continue reading "Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa" » ...more