Rice Florentine; Tangier Walks

Rice Florentine

As we all know, Florentine means made in the style of Florence which means the dish has spinach. I love fresh, raw spinach in salads and sandwiches.. I love cooked spinach in anything. Mon mari even likes plain cooked spinach… as in frozen, naked, spinach, thawed in the microwave. I will not even, for one … Continue reading…

Rice Florentine

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach; tomatoes

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach

We’ve been eating a lot of shrimp lately. There are three simple reasons…. We like shrimp. I can now buy cleaned shrimp. Mon mari was not overly fond of cleaning shrimp and I can’t. I have no problem eating shrimp but my hands break-out in a rash if I clean them. (My story and it’s … Continue reading…

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach

Baked Cod Florentine; food styles

Cod Florentine

It’s Friday. Time for mon mari’s least favorite protein: Fish Okay, maybe not least…. I think he would attribute that to tofu and lentils. And I think he actually likes fish – he just likes to complain about it better. His complaining does make me strive to be more creative with our fish dishes. Since … Continue reading…

Cod Florentine

Beef and Spinach Lasagne, II; dog help

Mon mari and I have an ongoing disagreement about the proper way to make lasagne. Neither of us is in favor of our college-age staple ingredient of cottage cheese….. I like to use no-cook noodles because it’s easy (and I’m lazy) but no-cook noodles require a bit more liquid in order to get the noodles … Continue reading…

Sautéed Spinach & Red Pepper; to hoe or to hoe

Sauteed Spinach & Red Pepper

Normally this would have been made with spinach and onions from my vegetable garden. Not this year. This will be the first year since moving to France in 2004 that I have not had lettuce, spinach and chard in my garden in June to pick and eat. Usually by the middle of June we’re starting … Continue reading…

Sauteed Spinach & Red Pepper

Farmhouse Risotto; the pool

Farmhouse Risotto

I have been making Farmhouse Pasta for years. I’ve made it for two and made it for 20. It’s one of our very favorites and always a hit. When I asked mon mari if he wanted pasta or risotto for dinner he immediately said Farmhouse Pasta. But I wanted risotto. Yeah, I know…. I shouldn’t … Continue reading…

Farmhouse Risotto

Shrimp and Spinach Pasta; Crimean Choir

Shrimp & Spinach Pasta

I don’t have anything in my vegetable garden yet. Actually, I haven’t even thought about it yet. I need warm sunshine to put me in the mood. We’ve had cold wind and rain. Still – I have started to crave spring foods. I saw the first artichokes last week and the avocados have been good. … Continue reading…

Shrimp & Spinach Pasta