Thursday, November 11, 2010

Meat and Potatoes Night

It was a meat and potatoes type of night. A bit cold outside and we were hungry. Lamb and pan fried potatoes with a very special sauce filled with chanterelle mushrooms and do you see anything particularly interesting in the sauce?

Saturday, October 2, 2010


When you have a mushroom this beautiful how can you go wrong? And we got 'em for an amazing price. Think we will have to get more tomorrow...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sugar Cookies

I know! It isn't Christmas yet, but we have lots of happiness going on this Christmas and I don't know, or rather didn't know how to make a sugar cookie. This is it! I generally don't care for sugar cookies, but this beauty is tasty. I will admit that I did half whole wheat flour and half all purpose, I also added a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. I don't think the cinnamon was needed, but the nutmeg, really did the job.
I found this recipe on and adjusted it as noted above.
Christmas, will be perfect this year.
I was also thinking that adding a little coconut or chopped macadamia nuts to the cookies would be so yummy!
Let me know if you give this a try.
1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour,
baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and
vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into
balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet
two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks

P.S. This recipe makes about 24 cookies.
P.S.S. DO NOT cook this babies any longer than 8 minutes or they will become much too crunchy. In fact, I started checking on them after 6 minutes, as our oven can get rather hot.
P.S.S.S. I also rolled some of the cookies in a bit of powdered sugar, and those were my favorite!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Beet Carpaccio

Beef carpaccio is hands down, one of my favorite foods. But for you vegetarians out there, or just for the beet lovers, this beet carpaccio is fast topping my list. We served this one with a homemade vinaigrette, topped with smoky and spicy gouda and fresh green onions. At the end of dinner, when we still wanted just a bit more, we tried it with a mild goat cheese, which was to die for and would have been even better if the cheese had been a bit more sharp, a bit more goaty!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kale Chips

There are a plethora of kale chip recipes out there so I won't worry about typing one up. But they are delicious!
Don't forget to cut the center ribs and stems(I didnt'!) and I used a tad too much salt(but I love salt). I think next time I will make larger pieces for a bit more bite.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pasta Puttanesca

This needs no words!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oh Goodness

Don't just take my word for it. Make it. I changed a few things, I used frozen berries, cause that is what I had on hand, added a little sugar and cinnamon to the crust. Also, in my oven it only took about 20 minutes, so keep an eye on it.
Oh, and I didn't have any cornstarch, so I just did without. Cooked the berries in water and sugar 'til a little of the water evaporated.
Now for the recipe!


3/4 c. water
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
3 c. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or peaches

In saucepan combine water, cornstarch, and sugar. Bring to boil. Cook 1 minute. Add berries and remove from heat. Pour into 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Top with cobbler.


1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. milk
3 tbsp. oil

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix milk and oil; add to flour. Work to ball and drop over berries. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes.