by TT November 20th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
After a weekend of travel and eating meals out, there is something nice about returning home and cooking in your own kitchen. Thankfully, this weekend of travel was filled with excellent meals, so the excitement to return to my kitchen was more about wanting to cook than needing decent food.
by TT October 29th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
A couple weekends ago, we had a simple version of Thanksgiving dinner. We didn't make stuffing or gravy, but we did roast a whole turkey. We also made homemade cranberry sauce, mulled cider, and two veggie dishes. With all four kids here for dinner, it was my hope that one
by TT October 20th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
As I mentioned recently, this time of year I stop by local orchards on a weekly basis. When I went to an orchard a couple weeks ago, I decided to check out their winter squash offerings. With cool weather making itself permanent, I have been craving squash. However, I tend
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