Some years ago there was a sumptuous banquet in a place far away. The banquet was found in a land of mountainous beauty, and the meal echoed that beauty with its rich and abundant fare. A little house in the Piedmont region of Italy.* In other words, I attended a lovely dinner party in the … Continue reading Risotto recipe: plain, simple, and distinctive
This delightful pasta dish is rich and flavorful and boasts toasted walnuts, shallots and the zing of cranberries.
Roasted butternut squash with shallot-mandarin orange dressing: so rich, lightly sweet, and satisfying.
There wasn't much time to make dinner today, and I started preparations quite late. Not knowing how long my daughter would hold out before being desperate for food, I needed to come up with a quick dinner idea. I made a variation on a dish I created a few years back. It is a simple … Continue reading Purple and white potatoes with ground beef and sour cream
Since starting this blog I have been inspired to cook and bake more, to try new recipes, and to return to those from years ago. When I lived in Slovenia I did a lot of cooking, and was able to learn recipes and techniques unique to that country. The experiences I had in the kitchen … Continue reading Beet salad recipe inspired by Slovenia
What a surprise to wake up to snow this morning! It's not terribly common to get snow this early in the year where I live, but here it is. What better time than this to enjoy the warmth of the indoors and some home-cooked food? Yesterday my daughter told me "Mama, cook!" To my great … Continue reading Simple stewed apples with cinnamon
As a child I remember my mom making Hungarian beef... the onions simmering in a pot on the stove, the earthy red color of paprika, even the large ceramic casserole dish she baked it in. ... the onions simmering in a pot on the stove, the earthy red color of paprika... Yet, I never knew … Continue reading Hungarian beef and egg noodles
This recipe became an immediate favorite with my family when I created it about 3 years ago, and it's really quite easy to put together. I jokingly called it "chicken and 'taters'" and the name has stuck. I love that it is basically a meal all in one, as it has a starch (potatoes), vegetables … Continue reading Baked chicken and “taters” with fresh dill
Here where I live we've officially gotten into soup season. I don't really believe that there is a season for soup, though. Soup is great all the time. I've actually been known to eat soup during the hot summer, from time-to-time. A couple of days ago I thought up a dream of a soup and … Continue reading Homemade chicken fennel soup
A few days ago I posted about a great, fluffy pancake recipe. After having made that one, I decided to make a pumpkin pancake recipe of my own. My recipe is inspired by and roughly based off that fluffy pancake recipe.* These pumpkin hotcakes are soft, warmly spiced, and lovely for the autumn. Ingredients 2 … Continue reading Pumpkin spice pancake recipe