Balsamic Chicken & Red Beets; language

Chicken with Beets

We’ve lived on this side of the pond for almost 25 years. We’ve watched British tv (telly) for that entire time. That viewing history includes a lot of cooking shows (2 Fat Ladies, Hairy Bikers, etc.) We can still be confused about British words for familiar foods. An American cookie is a British biscuit – … Continue reading…

Getting Started With Sous Vide Cooking

Many years ago an ex-girlfriend of my son called him early on a Sunday morning with a frantic question: How to cook bacon. She wanted to make her new boyfriend breakfast and didn’t know how to cook bacon. Knowing that my son was an accomplished cook she called him. He, of course, kindly answered her … Continue reading…

Sausage & Rice Skillet Dinner

Sausage Rice Skillet Dinner

I’ve always wanted to try this and, for some reason, never have. Tossing the rice right into the skillet with everything else is so easy. It wouldn’t work for a stir-fry when the vegetables should retain a bit of crunch, but for something like this – there’s no reason not to. Rice is easier than … Continue reading…

Bread Baking Babes Head to Sweden for Hällakakor

Norrländska Hällakakor is a traditional flatbread from Sweden. It’s a soft flatbread eaten warm, slathered with butter. I’m moving to Sweden just so I can eat this. Some people top it with cheese. I’d like that, too. But….. Salmon mousse and / or caviar? Now you’re just teasing me. The only thing I like better … Continue reading…

Pork and Vegetable Pie; toast

Pork Vegetable Pie

Think of this as a Shepherd’s Pie made with pork. A Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb (shepherd – sheep). I could call it a Swineherd’s Pie but that just doesn’t have the right appeal. I made this with leftover pork roast. I’m not posting the recipe or any photos of the pork roast because … Continue reading…

Carrot-Rice Gratin; a question

Rice and Carrot Gratin

The holidays are coming. Are you looking for something new to put on your table this year? Are you thinking about defying tradition and serving something other than Green Bean Casserole with your Thanksgiving turkey? Maybe you just decided to make life a bit easier for yourself…. If you want to stay with a fall … Continue reading…

Butternut Squash Timbales

Butternut Squash Starters

Are the food police still recommending 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day? I just googled that. My statement regarding the ‘fruits and vegetables’ is correct, but the grammer made me want to check…. Is it 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables? The answer is no. It’s 5 servings of fruits … Continue reading…

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