Tomato & Olive Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad, Tomatoes & Olives

The theme for Monday posts in August is Summer. There are just so many summer recipes that accumulate over the season that I always run out of time to get them posted. We wait patiently for tomatoes, then we have hundreds. The same with the summer squashes and green beans. We just hope that the … Continue reading…

Grilled Filet Mignon with Mushrooms

Steak & Mushrooms

When we lived in the U.S. and were working we always went out to dinner on birthdays and anniversaries. After moving to this side of the pond we initially kept up that tradition. It slowly changed to having a few days away as a combined celebration for all events. We like staying at a ‘restaurant … Continue reading…

Niçoise-Style Pasta Salad; leaves

Niçoise Style Pasta Salad

I originally posted this a few years ago, but it’s one of our favorites so I thought it deserved an update. I used to call this Niçoise Pasta Salad but as no self-respecting Niçois would break so far from tradition I decided to change the name. A proper Salade Niçoise would have the small, black Niçoise olives and be … Continue reading…

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce; hot… again

Chicken Satay, Green Beans

Usually, lately, especially in summer, I like easy meals. Sometimes I still like to get a little complicated. This isn’t a difficult meal but, like most Asian cooking, while it requires a bit of prep, the cooking is easy. If one is organized it goes rather quickly. And we both agreed it was worth the … Continue reading…

Stuffed Chard Leaves, Chive Sauce

Stuffed Chard Leaves

The theme for Monday posts in August is Summer. There are just so many summer recipes that accumulate over the season that I always run out of time to get them posted. We wait patiently for tomatoes, then we have hundreds. The same with the summer squashes and green beans. We just hope that the … Continue reading…

Tomato & Summer Squash Stacks; trees

Tomato Zucchini Stacks

‘Stacks’. I don’t like that term. It’s a perfectly appropriate word to be used after smoke or hay but doesn’t add anything to a food name – in my opinion. However, the thesaurus did not offer up any better alternatives so there it is: Stacks. Because that’s what I did – I stacked the cheese … Continue reading…

Rice, Pea, & Parsley Salad; heat wave

Rice, Pea & Parsley Salad

I love pasta. Mon mari loves rice. I’m trying to make more interesting things with rice. While the internet is stuffed full of pasta salads, there are far fewer rice salads…. And even fewer that interest me. I had frozen peas and a bunch of parsley…. a lemon that hadn’t been used. Voila! Click here … Continue reading…

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