We now can get fresh gnocchi that does not have to be boiled. It can be cooked in a bit of butter or oil in a skillet. One fries it until lightly browned and it takes less than 10 minutes.
Pair that with the precooked, cleaned shrimp that I get at the fish counter and this main course is done … Continue reading.....
Sometimes life should be easy.
When unknown critters are wreaking havoc on all things edible in my potager I do what any practical person would do….
In my case it was to buy some good pesto.
And some good, fresh pasta.
Add one of mon mari’s favorite fruits, avocado, some cooked, cleaned shrimp and dinner is served … Continue reading.....
I actually used both white and green asparagus in this dish, but, as they are cooked differently I only listed the green in the recipe.
We had white asparagus for the starter and we had too many…. so, after they were cooked (properly for white asparagus), I tossed them in the skillet with the shrimp.
Yes, now we’re eating two … Continue reading.....
This time of year, when the salads are done and before the beans and tomatoes and sweet corn start, we alternate between chard and summer squash.
On weekends, when we have a first course, we have one for the starter and the other for the vegetable one night, then reverse it for the next.
I often stuff whichever is the … Continue reading.....
This is my favorite time of year…. The days are still warm but the nights are pleasantly cool.
Cool enough to use the oven.
Cool enough to make mini pizzas.
Little pizzas, made with prepared puff pastry, make an easy first course.
These were smothered in summer favorites.
Mon mari insisted I do them again the next night….
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Traditional American Potato Salad, at least the Mid-Western version I grew up with, has, like so many classics of cuisines around the world, as many iterations as there are cooks.
Some dressings are cooked, some not; some add eggs, celery, peppers, onions or pickles, some not.
My particular favorite used lots of mayonnaise and good, old 'French's Yellow Mustard', aka: … Continue reading.....
One doesn't normally think of cherry tomatoes as a spring vegetable, but they always appear right along with the asparagus and green garlic…. Before their bigger cousins are ready.
French elections – after the recipe
Purchased puff pastry makes these little tarts a snap.
Other than giving the leek a quick sauté, this is just a matter of assembling and … Continue reading.....
There is no major focus to the work, chez nous, at the moment.
The big push to accomplish stuff before the family arrived is over. Now the goal is to finish all the little bits that were pushed aside and to do all the outside work while the weather is nice.
Of course, it would all be much more fun … Continue reading.....