Chard, or Swiss Chard, is a slightly bitter green, reminiscent of spinach.
In the US the leaves are eaten.
Here the stems are eaten.
We eat it all.
In the US green summer squash are called by the Italian name: zucchini. The other colors are simply summer squash….
Here, and in Great Britain, all summer squash are called by the … Continue reading.....
When one has almost 5 lbs of asparagus one can afford to be creative.
After steaming and frying and roasting and grilling, serving it with butter or olive oil or lemon or Balsamic vinegar I decided to add meat.
Normally I put a variety of vegetables into a stir-fry, but with all the lovely asparagus, I decided to keep it … Continue reading.....
We had Slow-Roasted Moroccan Lamb last weekend.
Mon mari tells me (often) that his ‘mother always made Lamb Curry’ with leftover leg of lamb.
I had a bad allergic reaction (I woke up in the Emergency Room with a priest hovering over me) the last time I ate curry, so I’ve been somewhat reluctant to eat it again.
So I … Continue reading.....
In some fields it's required to maintain a license in order to work.
In some fields it's required to stay on top of changes; to be on the cutting edge.
And I suppose one could say that it's necessary to keep our brains stimulated.
But wouldn't it be nice if there were just a few things that we … Continue reading.....
I love a party.
I love pasta.
So when I heard from Ruth that Presto Pasta Nights was turning 5 (5!!!) I had to join the fun.
I've hosted this event a few times in the last 5 years but have been sadly remiss in participating lately.
We don't eat as much pasta any more.
I still love it….
But … Continue reading.....
We have something new in our 'creepy-crawly' zoo.
Warning: disgusting information to follow…. For those with delicate sensibilities, page down to the recipe.
Last week I noticed a strange odor above our bed. Not to put too fine a point on it, I could smell a dead animal.
I questioned mon mari.
Yes, it seems he had, in fact, … Continue reading.....
I was just on holiday for 2 1/2 weeks…..
It went like this:
I spent 3 weeks frantically busy getting ready for it.
I was busy every day and every evening while I was gone.
I've spent the week since I've been home frantically busy catching up.
What's wrong with this picture?
Every summer we watch the French (and other … Continue reading.....
How does one know when it's time?
I've been a dog owner for all of my adult life, usually with two big dogs.
I've heard myself state, with confidence, the accepted bit about how being a responsible pet owner includes being responsible for making the last days as easy as possible.
But I've never had to actually do it before.… Continue reading.....