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Kale and Onion Polenta Crostini

by TT November 24th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Before this past Tapas Monday, I had never cooked kale before.  I remember one of my childhood friends complaining about its constant presence at the dinner table thanks to her parents' garden, but it was a veggie I had not been served or had cooked.  Seeing that it's a leafy
spicy honey

JP’s Spicy Honey Sauce

by TT November 22nd, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
My husband and I enjoy foods of many varieties and try to share these foods with our children.  Granted, new dishes, such as squash soup, aren't always met with the biggest of smiles.  However, this exposure to new foods tends to open their minds to creativity and expands their
Black Bean Salad

Mexican Black Bean Salad

by TT November 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
After a Sunday afternoon spent shopping for outdoor gear and winter sports attire for two of my children, an easy to make dinner was in store for us.  As we were without my husband due to business travel, the idea of using legumes, his least favorite food item, was
Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

by TT November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
While my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our
Callaloo stuffed pork

Callaloo Stuffed Veal

by TT October 27th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
One of the most relaxing parts of the weekend for my husband and myself is to shop for interesting ingredients and cook.  With harvest in full swing in September and the beginning of October, we made numerous trips to local farms.  While visiting Lull Farm we discovered that they had

Figs and Roquefort

by TT October 26th, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Last week my husband and I had the pleasure of vacationing in Paris.  Although the news reports from France focused on the strikes and protests, I am happy to report that we saw none of that.  What we experienced were five days of utter joy:  fabulous architecture, amazing pieces
French Onion Pork

French Onion Pork

by TT October 13th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
Sometimes the last minute idea for dinner ends up being a big hit.  Last night it certainly did.  When I shopped early in the week, I purchased boneless pork chops.  I didn't have a plan for them but figured something creative would come to mind.  As is typical of any
sweet and sour meatball

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by TT October 6th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
For me, meatballs are an obvious choice when entertaining.  First, most people tend to enjoy meatballs (at least in my circle of family and friends).  Second, they can be prepared in advance and kept warm in a crockpot.  Third, they need no garnish or accompaniments, just a fork and a
pumpkin bread pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

by TT October 1st, 2010| Desserts, Recipes
While fall does mean the end of most local produce, there are some culinary highlights to this season, for me anyway.  First, fall brings winter squash, which I happen to adore.  Pumpkin, sunshine, butternut, acorn. . .the list could be quite long.  Second, the cooler temperatures practically beg for something
whipping cream

Whipped Cream

by TT September 27th, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
You know, sometimes the simplest of things is what impresses people the most.  A perfect example of that is whipped cream.  Making it requires three ingredients and one minute.  That's it.  Yet, every time I make whipped cream instead of spraying it out of a can, I receive comments,
pumpkin bread

Aunt Sue’s Pumpkin Bread

by TT September 24th, 2010| Breads, Recipes
Like many others, when I cook and need inspiration I usually turn to the Internet.  While I do have a cupboard filled with cookbooks, I find it easier to do a quick search online, as that will offer me more options at a quicker speed than reviewing my cookbooks.  However,

Sweet & Savory Pizza

by TT September 13th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
Originally, this pizza was going to be named Pear & Onion Pizza.  However, looking at that title made me think that people would see the title and move on to the next web site.  Although I absolutely adore this pizza, I do understand that it may seem that pears don't
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