Fried Gnocchi with Sage and Pecorino’ water bridge

I haven’t been cooking lately. It’s been hot and I haven’t been in the mood. Normally this is the time of year that I start getting excited about being in the kitchen again after a lazy summer of mon mari cooking on the grill. I look forward to fall cooking with all the wonderful fall … Continue reading…

Sautéed Asparagus with Chives; Life Off-Line

It’s been a long day… But more about that later. We finally have asparagus. We’ve checked at our favorite farm for the last few weeks and, finally, om Friday, we were rewarded. She wasn’t actually set up for business yet but there was a wheelbarrow full of asparagus sitting by the door. I asked if … Continue reading…

Chive, Leek, Prosciutto and Feta Strudel, the herb garden

Along with putting everything in mason jars there is another (only one, you say?) trend that I am not a fan of…. Putting detailed photos of every step of preparing a dish on the blog post. I have no problem with photos of complicated or intricate steps, but I really don’t need to see a … Continue reading…

Spring Risotto with Poached Egg; the update

Yesterday was retro comfort food. Today is current (chez nous) comfort food. My mother was a great believer in poached eggs when one was not feeling 100%. I agree.  This was last night’s dinner. Spring Risotto with Poached Egg Total time: 30 minutes  Ingredients: 2/3 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – … Continue reading…

Stuffed Chard Leaves with Creamy Chive Sauce

The weather has turned cooler.  The zucchini plants are in the compost and the green beans are dribbling out a few beans every other day. The acorn and butternut squashes are about ready…. I’ll pick them next week. Or maybe the week after. That leaves the chard. I didn’t really like it at the height … Continue reading…

Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Chives

What? I made the effort to cut and stuff a pork tenderloin and all I filled it with was chives? Well, maybe one or two other things. Remember, simple can be good and being complicated for the sake of complication can simply be confusing. I was on a mission to make the perfect Pork Tenderloin … Continue reading…

Skillet Roasted New Potatoes

New potatoes are very thin-skinned, immature potatoes. They have a short shelf life, usually only a few days before they start turning green and need to be added to the compost pile. It's likely that you'll only find them at the farmer's market – but try, if you can. They're worth it: incredibly sweet and … Continue reading…