Cilantro

Cilantro Being “stuck” at home gives those of us who like to garden plenty of opportunity to get our spring cleaning done. There are weeds to pull, seeds to start, beds to amend, birdhouses to clean and plants to transplant. By now, you’ve probably noticed cilantro returning to your herb garden thanks to fallen seeds…

Smoked Chili

As we inch toward spring, I find myself craving one last batch of chili. So yesterday I gave into that temptation and since it was a mild day, carried it to the smoker rather than keep it inside on the stove or in the slow cooker. WOW! What a terrific difference that made and now…

Lemon Chicken

Let’s be honest … boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be quite boring. But it doesn’t have to be. I found a super sale at the supermarket on this type of chicken and have the recipe that transforms them. I start by cutting the breasts in half lengthwise because they were huge. Then after an overnight…

Bacon-wrapped Pork

If you are like me, you grill all year. And with the dreary weather we’ve been having, I took advantage of a rare sunny Saturday to fire it up. I stocked up on pork tenderloins when they were on sale at the supermarket a few months ago. One of my resolutions for the New Year…

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee What’s not to like about smooth, rich creamy custard topped with a caramelized sugar topping? Crème brulee is French for “burnt cream” but the origins are English. It seems difficult, but is actually very easy to make with just an investment in time. And while a blow torch is fun for preparing the…

Jingles – Ready to go!

Ready to go! So many times over the past year, I have wanted time to stand still as Jingles, our future Super Hero for Southeastern Guide Dogs has grown up before our eyes. We got her at 8 weeks old and now she is approaching 14 months. Jingles has perfected her commands, but time did…

Popcorn Meal Cornbread

I have always carried a bit of culinary pride in cornbread. For decades, I have used Martha White Self-Rising Cornmeal along with buttermilk, oil and an egg. That recipe along with a perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet guarantees a perfect outcome every single time. I could make it in my sleep.   So when my…

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic Garlic has to be the most delicious member of the lily family. It would be difficult to prepare a host of savory culinary delights without it. While many are quite good at peeling the cloves, smashing them with a knife or mashing them through a press, there are so many other possibilities. My…

Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble If you ever run across a pear variety named Royal Riviera, grab all you can! I used to think all pears were basically the same … somewhat sweet, juicy and a tiny bit of grit to the teeth. In other words, they were OK, but not exceptional. That is until I had my…

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread I love fresh cranberries and stock up during this time of year so I have plenty in my freezer. One of my favorite recipes pairs them with  zesty orange juice to make a quick bread that is a marvelous eye opener on cold mornings. I have seen many versions of this recope…