Salad with White Beans and Tuna

I am pleased to announce that I was invited to be a Guest Blogger by Susan, of The Well-Seasoned Cook to help celebrate My Legume Love Affair – Kicking Off Year 4. You’ll find the recipe for this yummy salad, and the rest of my post, on The Well-Seasoned Cook – as well as a … Continue reading…

Ratatouille: A creative challenge

Ratatouille: a  cooked melange of summer vegetables that originated in Nice and is popular, in various versions, throughout the Mediterranean countries. As with most country classics, there are as many recipes as there are cooks. Everyone seems to agree on most of the ingredients: Aubergine (eggplant) Bell peppers, any color Onion Garlic Courgette (zucchini) Tomatoes … Continue reading…

Creamy Herb Dressing with Yogurt; Listening v Hearing

Creamy Herb Dressing There’s nothing like two people talking about the same thing, differently; one in a foreign language, the other with a foreign accent; to really cock-up the simplest request. There is a phone next to the bed mon mari is currently lounging in. We thought it would be kind of fun if it … Continue reading…

Italian Beef and Cabbage Casserole; Stupid Woman!

Go directly to recipe Minnesota in winter! Now I remember why we moved. Right now it's 0F (-18C) with -15F (-25C) windchill.  Tomorrow it's supposed to be cold. (-15F temp. -30F windchill) I have scraped ice off of my car windows.  I have brushed snow off of my car windows. I have driven in a … Continue reading…

Beef Vegetable Soup and My Mother’s Cooking

Go directly to recipe I may have mentioned that, while my mother was a good cook, she was not the least bit creative or adventurous. For Sunday Dinner we either had chicken or beef roast, with the occasional pork roast thrown in, just to be different.  Each was fixed in it's own unique, delicious, but … Continue reading…

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup and Christmas Popcorn

Go directly to recipe When I was growing up we always strung popcorn for the Christmas tree.  It was a family tradition from my mother's childhood. My father would pop a huge tub (as in laundry tub) of plain popcorn; my mother would distribute needles with long, sturdy threads and we would make popcorn garlands … Continue reading…

Pumpkin Gratin and Falling Leaves

Go directly to recipe The theme of this month's Heart of the Matter, hosted by Michelle of The Accidental Scientist, is Holiday Foods.   How appropriate!  And how challenging!  By definition holiday foods seem to be all of the things NOT involved in a healthy diet; if not in and of themselves, at least in the … Continue reading…