by TT October 5th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
I don't know if it is just my household, but we get into culinary trends. My husband tried braising meats late in the spring, and ever since then it has been his go-to dish. Not that I'm complaining. Braising produces such a wonderfully tender meat and makes the house smell
by TT September 22nd, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
As this recipe contains only four ingredients (two, if you omit salt and pepper), I have to admit that I feel a little silly posting it. However, it rounded out our football Sunday munchies menu so perfectly, I felt obligated to share it with others.
I had found a recipe for
by TT July 15th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes
Although I tend to be a planner, sometimes spontaneity can be quite nice. Late Friday afternoon, we went to the grocery store with no plan for our dinner. The only plan we had was to peruse our options at the butcher and base our meal around our meat choice.
by TT July 10th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Our Fourth of July was celebrated in a truly foodie manner. We spent the afternoon in our kitchen making various food and drink products. We made infused vodkas (one of which was made with leaves from our lemon verbena plant), two types of homemade sausage patties, chicken salad with a
by TT June 19th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
When we had coconut shrimp for dinner the other night, the kids and I debated what we could serve with it. Steamed broccoli or grilled squash didn't seem to make good pairings. So, we decided to go with a stirfry.
I have learned that in order for a stirfry to sell
by TT June 15th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Our 11 year old daughter and my husband have been working together on a small container garden. Most of the plants are herbs and have been growing slowly. However, this weekend our daughter noticed that the cilantro was getting quite big and could be used for cooking.
This prompted the big
by TT May 26th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
A while ago we purchased lamb shanks while grocery shopping. We put them in our freezer, saving them for a special "dinner for two" night. Last Sunday seemed the perfect day for cooking them. After defrosting them overnight, we slowly braised them with red wine and an assortment of spices
by TT May 9th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Planning our menu for a mid-week dinner, I had decided on a pork tenderloin and broccoli, but I needed one more dish to complete our meal. Although some sort of potato or rice dish would work, I was looking for something lighter. I also wanted to make a dish that
by TT March 19th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Asparagus is a popular vegetable choice in our house. In fact, it is so popular that it is often requested by the kids. Well, some of them anyway. . .
So, with it being served as a side dish every few weeks, I have become bored with steamed asparagus. However, the
by TT February 25th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
We were forecast to have rain and snow this past Sunday. So, after spending all day Saturday shopping, my husband and I were looking forward to a quiet day on Sunday. As we had this whole weekend without any of our brood at home, we had only our dining pleasures
by TT January 30th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
With a French theme started for Monday night's tapas dinner, we needed to create a dish to compliment the Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs
. The meatballs seemed like they could be a pinch on the heavy side, so I wanted to make something lighter, most likely with a fruit or
by TT January 16th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
On Wednesday, I found myself in an unusual situation: I was going to be alone for dinner. With my husband away on business and the kids not home until after dinner, it would be a party of one for my evening meal. Needing to retrieve the kids at 7:00 didn't