A Couple Warm Soups For Cold Weather

November 17, 2014

Sue and I worked together to make two soups.  They are both quite hearty, tasty, and great for that snowy Winter’s day.  Great with a nice loaf of artisan bread for lunch.  Add a salad, and you’ve got dinner.

Spicy African Sweet Potato Soup



Creamy Carrot Orange Soup


Curried Corn Soup

October 21, 2014

There’s been a really chill in the air lately, and now it’s time to make some stews and soups for Fall.  This corn soup is a real winner.



Sue made up a really nice home made pizza to go with it – basil pesto in place of tomato sauce; lightly blanched spinach, pre-cooked diced chicken.  Very nice.

Easy Picnic Fare

June 24, 2014

As is the custom, I prepared picnic fare for a potluck Father’s Day picnic for my Dad and sister’s family.  What to do that’s easy, tasty, and won’t break the bank.  Make-it-yourself sandwhiches from roast beef and shaved ham.  They were a great hit.  The spicy pasta salad with gouda cheese, tomatoes, and basil was a great addition.  Add a few picnic favorites like pop, potato chips and pickles, and you’re all set to enjoy.



Spicy Chicken Cakes

April 4, 2014

This was a little different.  I’ve tried tuna cakes, salmon cakes, and even crab cakes – but never chicken cakes.  Hey they were delicious.  Enjoy with a side salad and some starch and your golden!




Orange Chicken Piccata

March 17, 2014

Very tasty and easy to make.  The chicken goes really well with rice and peas, and maybe a salad on the side.



Serves 4.  Great reviews 9/10.

Happy Valentines 2014!

February 20, 2014

So we celebrated valentine’s day a couple of days late.  Set up a formal dining setting on a card table in front of the fireplace.  Got all dressed up fancy – very nice.  I was able to make-ahead most everything except the pork, so the meal itself was relaxing, but it was a busy prep day!  Everything got rave reviews – a really excellent meal for a romantic weekend, or for having company over.

Appetizers: Creamy Parsnip and Pear Soup; bacon wrapped pineapple; apricot brie toasts



Main: Pork tenderloin a l’Orange; Israeli Couscous with roasted vegetables



Dessert: Carmelized pear bowls with vanilla frozen yogurt.



I hope you enjoy!

Bok Choy

December 13, 2013

Here’s a really easy side veggie.  It’s geat with anything Asian themed, but it goes will with any main dish.  Left overs are great warmed up too.


Salad Time

December 13, 2013

I realized that I’ve never posted my go-to potluck salad.  Always popular.  Easy to make – 5 minutes does it.  Relatively inexpensive.

If you expect you may have leftovers, you’re better to reserve part of the salad minus Ramon noodles.  The noodles get soggy if they sit in the salad for more than12 hours.  Rated 5/5.



Happy Birthday to Sue

November 12, 2013

Late birthday festivities for Sue.  This was truly for her, since I can’t eat shrimp.  The girls enjoyed it.  Nice with a French loaf and a grapefruit salad.



Great reviews all around.

Garlic Tomato Israeli Couscous

October 31, 2013

Another side I made up a few weeks ago while cooking with my wife is Israeli Couscous.  I forgot to write down measurements, but I made the couscous according to the box directions and added 1/4 c sugar to the water.  You could use apple juice, just as well.  I sauted 1 small onion and 4 cloves minced garlic until soft, then added 4 cups of cherry tomatoes and sauted until they soften and pop.  Just a couple minutes before it was time to mix the garlic-tomato with the couscous and serve, I thought about adding celery.  I quickly chopped up 2 stalks of celery and tossed it in regretting that I hadn’t sauted it with the onion and garlic.  Well son-of-a-gun, but didn’t the  celery add a delightful texture – almost crunch, but not quite.  We really enjoyed this and will certainly make it again.


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