Braised Celery and Olives

  It is a rare occasion when I find myself spending an hour in front of the television catching up on my recorded cooking shows. My husband is usually in charge of the remote control since I simply don’t watch much TV.  Even rarer is the occasion when husband would actually sit through an entire […]

Couscous and Cremini Stuffed Bell Peppers w/ Manchego

  It seems that I was on the same wavelength as several other bloggers this week–I put couscous on the menu, something I haven’t served at home in a very long time.  My motivation was to find a replacement for rice since, as I’ve mentioned a few times, I gave it up for a few […]

Quick and Easy: Spinach and Garlic Fried Rice

  This post is taking the place of one that I was excited to share with you but likely will not be happening.  Last week, while out to dinner with my husband, I came across some fresh sardines at a market in Mountain View.  I was curious about their inventory, having never shopped there before, […]

Sunday Lunch: Spinach and White Bean Soup

  I’m considering starting a series for my blog.  I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing more of my quick and easy pantry dishes–tried and true meals–or something entirely different in which I commit to trying a new recipe from each of my cookbooks.  Because I’ll admit, I may be addicted to buying them […]

Welcoming the Ski Season with a Vegetable Soup Trio

If you live on the Eastern Seaboard I’m guessing your cold, blustery holiday looked (and felt) something like the white out conditions I had to endure during a certain ski trip years ago.  I hope you managed to stay safe with family and friends and warm with a bit of egg nog, hot cocoa or […]

Yam and Apple Casserole with Citrus Sauce

  Okay, I realize that Thanksgiving is over.  If your refrigerator looks anything like mine–overflowing with leftovers–you may not exactly be clamoring to read about yet another Thanksgiving dish.  I understand, believe me.  Besides the traditional Thanksgiving menu I prepared, the rest of my family also brought enough food to feed another army. But I […]

Bruschetta with Roasted Tomatoes, Thyme and Feta

One of my foodie friends, Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet, makes some mean crostini.  She never seems to run out of topping ideas for these little toasts, sweet or savory or for any occasion. Imagine my delight when she announced me the winner of her Crostini Challenge, thanks to adorable Max!  It was quite a […]

Spaghetti All’Arrabiata

  This will be a quick post for a change–I bet you’re relieved not to have to read (or skip over) my ramblings.  Believe it or not, I’m sitting at the dinner table with my husband and our two friends who are visiting us for the week.  We’re having a casual meal and as we […]