Chicken drumsticks with warm spice – mandarin orange sauce

6 chicken legs (drumsticks)2 cloves garlic2 shallots1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil1 Tbsp butter1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)1/4 tsp allspice about 1/2 cup watersalt, to tastejuice from 1-2 mandarin orangesparsley garnish Cut the shallots into small sections, and slice the garlic cloves in half. Place them in a skillet or frying pan together … Continue reading Chicken drumsticks with warm spice – mandarin orange sauce

Sauteed beet greens with lemon: Super good, super easy, super food

Beet greens with lemon

Beets are a vegetable that seem to either be loved or hated. I happen to love them, but I don't think you need to be a beet lover to like beet greens. They are great as tender shoots in a salad, or delicious sauteed as a cooked vegetable. Here's my take on an easy, healthy, … Continue reading Sauteed beet greens with lemon: Super good, super easy, super food

Melt-in-your-mouth meatballs seasoned with garlic, lemon, and parsley

Meatball with lemon and garlic, with garnish of baby greens

These meatballs are amazing! This is an adaptation of a recipe I learned from a French lady years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Ingredients 1 1/4 lb ground beef1/2 cup oatmeal ("quick oats")1/3 cup milk (of choice, I used unsweetened almond)1/2 medium onion, diced small2 large cloves garlic, diced small5-6 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped1/2 … Continue reading Melt-in-your-mouth meatballs seasoned with garlic, lemon, and parsley

Roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and fresh dill

Plate of roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and dill

We had a head of cauliflower in the house that was just calling out to me to be cooked. It lent itself perfectly to this nice roasted cauliflower recipe that I put together. The garlic gives it tons of flavor and the lemon adds a nice, tangy zing. The fresh dill builds the flavor even … Continue reading Roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and fresh dill

Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Last week my sister came back after having lived abroad for a while, so I had a perfect opportunity to make a cake. What better way to welcome someone home than a homemade cake? For the cake itself I found a lovely vanilla cake recipe and changed this a bit by adding lemon juice and … Continue reading Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Mom and dad need time-outs, too: “me” time for parents

Isn't it funny how our perspectives change over time? I'm telling you: it wasn't that long ago when a month felt much longer. By the way, how is it February already? Now, in my thirties, the seasons seem to come and go much more swiftly than they did even five years ago. Never mind when … Continue reading Mom and dad need time-outs, too: “me” time for parents

Chicken and rainbow pepper stir fry with rice

Here is a simple and tasty stir fry recipe for you! When I put this dish together I did not have a ton of vegetables on hand. This goes to show that even just a few fresh ingredients can come together into a wonderful meal. Ingredients 1 shallot1 onion1 clove garlic2 peppers about 2 lbs … Continue reading Chicken and rainbow pepper stir fry with rice

Pork roast with fresh rosemary and garlic

This pork roast is a recipe I learned to make when I was living in Slovenia, and I have adapted it a just a bit. It is quite easy to prepare and always comes out wonderful and full of flavor. Ingredients about 3 lb pork roast (I used two smaller roasts)6-8 large cloves garlic2 Tbsp … Continue reading Pork roast with fresh rosemary and garlic