Ambrosia Cake

  If you follow my blog or have attended my classes you know I like to give you recipes that you will actually make.  They usually don’t contain a log of ingredients and come together fairly well.  But every once in a while, you just need a cake that has that “wow” factor. It could be for a special occasion […]

Fast and Easy – Raw Beet and Herb Salad

As the days get warmer, we want to spend less time in the kitchen. That is unless you like being in the kitchen as much as I do. Regardless of time spent in the kitchen, this is a remarkably cooling salad. Without too much effort, you can have this refreshing crisp salad – make lots so you can have it […]

Fast and Easy – Eggs in Tomato Curry

This is a recipe adapted from “Classic Indian Cooking” by Julie Sahni. I love the flavors of this recipe. I love the flexibility of this recipe. It makes a great curry base which you can easily make lots off, freeze and bring out later for easy home made meals. I modified it to fit with our criteria for the “Fast […]

Fast and Easy – Buttermilk Biscuits

You need to know how to make a good biscuit. There are tons of recipes out there but this is a lovely tasty and versatile recipe. In other words, if you can make this, it can be an accompaniment to a soup, a dish with gravy/sauce, a breakfast addition – well you get the idea.  You can also impress the […]

Osso Buco

Osso buco! If ever there was classic Italian comfort food, this would be it! Served with pasta or as my friend Maria serves it, with risotto. It is a tummy filling, lip smackingly good dish (yes I know there is no word like smackingly). With osso buco, you get fall off the bone meat, delicious thick sauce and most of […]

Fast and Easy – Pasta with Bagna Cauda Sauce

Bagna Cauda is a wonderful Italian dip. It literally translates to “hot bath”, and was used to dip vegetables in.  It comes together in minutes and this is another application for the dip. The stars of this show are anchovies, garlic and a tremendous supporting role by olive oil. Even if you don’t like anchovies, this is a recipe you must […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Guinness Brownies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yes there will be much green flowing today. I think we’ll all have our fair share of food and things that are green today. Here’s a recipe to celebrate the most (well almost most) famous creation from Ireland – Guinness Brownies. Yes, there is Guinness in these brownies, along with some good dark Lindt chocolate and […]

“Caffins” – March Break Baking Activity!

    It is March break and all the kids are off – but you know that. If you didn’t go away, you probably have them all with you in the house. So keep them busy by getting them to make their own batches of these “caffins” (cake + muffins). I couldn’t think of what else to call these rich […]

International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to every woman out there! It does make me sad that we have to designate a day to pay tribute to women. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a wonderful idea, but I think that everyday, we should celebrate the women in our lives and the women that change the world in their own way. […]

Fast and Easy – Mushrooms and Barley

I originally posted this blog in 2015, but it lent itself so well to this section that I updated some of the Substitutions and Alterations. This is not only good for you but so versatile. I used cremini mushrooms but really any type will do. The secret – not really, is to sear the mushrooms well until all the water […]