Caldo Verde: A Classic Fall or Winter Soup from Cook’s Illustrated

Caldo Verde: A Classic Fall or Winter Soup from Cook’s Illustrated

I admit it. I am totally in love with my magazine and online subscriptions to Cook’s Illustrated, even though I do find some of the recipes a bit fussy for my taste. But this Caldo Verde recipe is quick and easy to prepare, uses inexpensive …

Kale Chips: easy, foolproof, and even the dog likes them!

Kale Chips: easy, foolproof, and even the dog likes them!

I have tried making kale chips here and there over the years but was never that impressed with the results. But finally, I have learned a few tricks that guarantee perfect kale chips every time.  It is all in the technique and the proportion of…

So Simple Broccoli Soup

So Simple Broccoli Soup

Why broccoli soup? Well, one reason is the two full bunches of broccoli (read: over three pounds) that Steve brought home instead of the 2-3 broccoli crowns I requested…They say necessity is the mother of invention but, in this case, too much of a good…

Perfect last-minute dip recipe!  Quick, Tasty, AND Healthy!

Perfect last-minute dip recipe! Quick, Tasty, AND Healthy!

In a matter of minutes, I made a really tasty dip with ingredients I always have on hand – canned beans, garlic, plain yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley, this last ingredient being for optional garnishing. Given I am writing…

Homemade Egg Rolls – Baked not Fried, and it works!

Homemade Egg Rolls – Baked not Fried, and it works!

Disclaimer – forgive any typos, etc.  Posted after a long day!  🙂 When food shopping a few weeks ago, I picked up some egg roll wraps, just for fun.  A few weeks later, I realized that I needed to use them soon, as their freshness…

Fresh Pressed Olive Oil

Fresh Pressed Olive Oil

I guess I could be considered a food snob or foodie, or both. Why? Because I pay a chunk of change, like $90 plus the shipping, every three months for three very modestly sized bottles of olive oil from Fresh Pressed Olive Oil.  But, you…

Fiddleheads !

Fiddleheads !

I LOVE fiddleheads.  You will too if you like Brussels  sprouts, asparagus, or brocolli. And, even if you don’t, you just might like fiddleheads the way I prepare them with olive oil and Parmigiano reggiano cheese.  🙂 If you live around Wakefield, go to the…

Anything Goes Quesadilla Casserole

Anything Goes Quesadilla Casserole

Talk about easy – and, if ingredients are chosen  with a bit of thought, healthier than one would think.  And really tasty, too! Just look at this: Note: Click  HERE for my guacamole recipe. This was my second time making quesadillas – both times as…

Guacamole – Sometimes simple is better

Guacamole – Sometimes simple is better

I adore avocados. I love the texture, the taste, and the color.  I am happy eating plain slices of avocado, but given my love of garlic, tomatoes, and onions, guacamole is a big favorite of mine. I have tried many different recipes over the years,…

Rosemary Cauliflower Soup

Rosemary Cauliflower Soup

Get ready to die, as in “this is to die for!”  A BIG thank you to Béatrice Peltre, the author of La Tartine Gourmande.  I am not even going to post the recipe ingredients or procedure here,  just the link to the details.  If you…