I may be a child of the 70’s, which means I grew up on casseroles, odd fruit salads, and canned vegetables, but my taste has always grasped for fresher ingredients. And while I love a nice, thick, juicy steak, I also find that I gravitate more toward utilizing fruits and vegetables to compose a really good-tasting dish. I like the challenge.Read More
"You should write a cookbook!"
I hear that a lot, and while I'm always humbled that folks seem to like me and subsequently my food, it seems an incredulous notion to me. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE cookbooks and I'd be lying if I said I didn't care one wit about my name hanging around long after I'm gone in the form of a cookbook, but ...Read More
Spring is here, and while I'm having a hard time letting go of my cold-weather, meat-centric braises, I'll admit a light dinner comprised of low-fat protein with a zingy salad piled on top appeals to me. Which is why my ears perked up last weekend when I heard the goddess of "How good does that look?" and "How easy is that?" sharing her recipe for a Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Arugula Salad on the Food Network channel.Read More
’m not sure why we relegate our pumpkin consumption to the holidays, but who am I to question centuries of tradition? I will enjoy the orange gord any which way I can get it during this narrow window. That includes pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice Cheerios. Don’t judge me.Read More
Technically, I am not a hoarder. The tangible cookbooks I do have rest comfortably on shelves or stacked in neat piles on tables, and the myriads of digital books are categorized specifically on my tablet. But the sheer volume of them, fellow food lover ... well, let's not split hairs here.Read More
I'm of the opinion that folks who don't like to try anything new might also have a slight kitchen phobia. Pots, pans and and cooking utensils are eyeballed suspiciously and rarely to be trusted. It's merely a theory that rolls around in my head. I have no way of proving it.
I have a lot of cookbooks (a LOT) and while I adore them all, there are truthfully very few I'm able to pick up and cook a recipe from flawlessly. At least the first time. This has little to do with the credibility of the cookbook author/chef or my abilities as a home cook (though let's be honest, the more we do, the better we become), and more to do with uncontrollable variables like ingredients, whether or not I have the recommended cooking equipment, and the fact that cooking times vary from one kitchen stove to the next.Read More
I've got my kitchen back!
The withdrawal was horrific and I apologize to those of you who were made to deal with my grumpiness - but we're back in business and cooking with gas!Read More
I admit I'm quite ready to be done with this summer heat and am that I'm actually longing for the crips coolness of fall for the simple. I'm ready to be done with summer for the simple reason that my evaporative coolers are literally driving me mad. They've always required a lot of attention but this year they've required a considerable amount of additional hand-holding - shuddering, groaning and weeping excessive amounts of water off the roof of my modest home. This has required frequent calls to my local handy-man because you know I'm not hoisting myself up onto the roof of my house, teetering precariously on a metal ladder - I know my limitations.Read More