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
by TT December 5th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
When creating our Thanksgiving menu, I tried to consider the likes and dislikes of all four diners. However, for one of our dishes I felt that the preference of three diners outweighed the dislike of the fourth diner. And with that decision, I added Pureed Caramelized Squash to the
by TT November 5th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
All of my children and my husband love bacon. So, for a lazy weekend breakfast or a summer burger barbecue, there is often the request to have bacon with the meal.
However, the mess from cooking bacon on stovetop (even when using a lid or a splatter shield) often makes me
by TT October 29th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
As a child, I would have picked onions out of many dishes. I wouldn't have wanted them on a salad, in a sandwich, probably not in a soup either. However, with age I developed a more adventurous palate. In fact, I still am opening my mind to new foods, but