Beef & Mushroom Sauce on Tagliatelle

Ground Beef & Mushrooms

This is one of our favorite winter pasta dishes. The sauce is quickly made with ground beef and fresh mushrooms. I usually put a few slices of butternut squash in the oven to roast, then make the pasta sauce, and everything is ready in 30 minutes. Well, add 5 to heat the oven….. That gives … Continue reading…

Roast Pork with Prunes & Chestnuts

Pork with Chestnuts

When one has prunes and chestnuts….. I know I’ve said often that I don’t really like fruit with meat – except for lemon. I also make exceptions, occasionally, for apples and prunes with pork. The apples I like because I love apples. The prunes are for mon mari. I like them well enough, but he … Continue reading…

How Cookware Affects Nutrients in Your Food

One of the biggest fights my parents had when I was a child was over cookware. My mother wanted a complete set of stainless steel cookware – it was the latest and best thing. My father said it was way too expensive. My mother won. She was still using them 50 years later. I have … Continue reading…

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Chicken Mushroom Risotto

Fall flavors! We love them all…. And we really love them all when they come together in an easy risotto. Our butternut squash harvest was smaller than usual this year, and we didn’t get any really big ones, like we have in other years. Still, each squash will give us 6 good servings (3 meals) … Continue reading…

Can we bake more healthily?

Healthy baking? Really? In looking at the cake recipes I’ve posted, I’ve done cakes with apples, carrots, pumpkin, oranges, and lemons to name a few, so I have one tiny component of healthy cakes right. But I could do better. I like the idea of Greek yogurt in frosting (My mother, who loved baking and … Continue reading…

Gnocchi with Ham and Chestnuts

Gnocchi with Chestnuts

Our little region in France is noted for 2 things: tomatoes and prunes. Tomatoes are widely grown here and there is even a variety named after one of the towns. But, for obvious reasons, tomatoes are not a big export crop. The prunes, on the other hand, grown in and around Agen, are world-famous. Le … Continue reading…

Tuna & Spinach Lasagne

Tuna and Spinach Lasagne

Usually, when I make lasagne, I make enough for 2 meals. The quantities of the ingredients work well, it fits my favorite pan, and it’s nice to have a meal waiting with no work. But this was on Friday and we had plans for the weekend. I decided to make a lasagne for 2. It … Continue reading…

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