Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas

Yorkshire Pie with Ham

“The U.S. and Great Britain are 2 countries separated by a common language.” The comment is widely attributed to George Bernard Shaw and there are at least 4 variations on the phrase. There are other common things that separate as well. Yorkshire pudding is one. The first time I made Yorkshire pudding was in the … Continue reading…

Great Coffee, Making a Difference

Great coffee can do more than just wake us up and improve our mood. It can also improve the planet. In early December I received an email offering me free coffee. There were a few things wrong with the idea….. I live in France. Companies offer me free stuff, find out a live in France, … Continue reading…

Spaghetti with Chicken and Mushrooms; changes

Spaghetti with Chicken & Mushrooms

In the before times, when I did our grocery shopping every week, I almost always bought mushrooms. We both like them and they’re good for us. I’m not going to repeat the health benefits but if you google ‘health benefits of mushrooms’ you’ll be amazed. I’ll give you 1 link on mushroom health benefits to … Continue reading…

Red Beet Risotto; sunrise

Risotto with Red Beets

Americans call this root vegetable ‘beets’. I, being American, would say: We’re having beets today. Brits call it ‘beetroot’. My neighbor, being British, would say: We’re having beetroot today. Now you know. The 2 most common colors of this vegetable are red and gold. Living in France I have rarely seen gold – perhaps at … Continue reading…

Beef Braised in Beer; a plant

Braised Beef & Onions

Now that I have an Instant Pot and 2 slow cookers I have been making wonderful braised beef dishes…. in the oven. There is something magical about a heavy cast iron pot full of beef, slowly cooking in the oven for a few hours (or so). When it cooks in the oven I can take … Continue reading…

Chicken and Rice Pilaf, Instant Pot; a question

Instant Pot Chicken & Rice Pilaf

This is the 3rd chicken and rice recipe that I have done in my Instant Pot. The combination really works well. The chicken is tender and moist; the rice is almost like risotto, even though I use Basmati, which is usually fluffy, not sticky. I’m slowly learning to change the ingredients for different results. I’m … Continue reading…

Piquant Pork, Slow Cooker; a beautiful day

Slow Cooker Pork & Peppers

I don’t like palate-burning hot foods. I can eat a few green chilis in an enchilada but I won’t touch a jalapeño. A few drops of green Tabasco is as daring as I get. But I do like strong flavors. I especially like strong flavors after I have been indulging in holiday food – like … Continue reading…

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