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 Bread

My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house. One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle’s is this “cheesy bread”, a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza ....more

Chicken Posole Salad

One of my favorite comforting soups...more

Potato Skins

There is nothing like a plate full of crispy potato skins, filled with melty cheddar cheese, and topped with bacon bits, sour cream and green onions. Continue reading "Potato Skins" » ...more

Pickled Beets

Beets are a weekly ritual around here. Usually we boil them and toss them in a sweet sour vinaigrette and keep them...more

Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

These are sticky. These are messy. These are the best darn chicken wings I’ve ever had ....more

Beef Stroganoff

Oh Beef Stroganoff—the ultimate comfort food! Tender strips of beef and mushrooms are first sautéed in butter, then swirled with...more

Cheesy Tortellini Casserole

Do you ever get a craving for lasagna, and start thinking of the different ingredients you’ll need, but stop when you remember that...more

Potato Leek Soup

When the cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. This potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make! You soften chopped leeks in butter, then add diced potatoes, stock, and herbs, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done ....more

Perfect Popcorn

Making popcorn from scratch can be tricky. Not only do you want as many kernels as possible to pop, but you also want to keep the kernels from burning at the bottom of the pan. Until my mother showed me her way of cooking popcorn, I usually took the easy way out and used (gasp!) microwave popcorn, which by the way, is not that good for you ....more

Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Oh my it has been a cold week in much of the country—a good reason to stay inside and keep warm with a big pot of hearty soup! Kale is plentiful in the markets these days, mostly because it’s one vegetable that seems to thrive in cold temperatures. Kale and Italian sausage are one of those heavenly combinations, and together with beans, onions, tomatoes, and stock? ...more