Shrimp Scampi Linguine With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Lemon

There’s a new guy in my life.   And I’ve fallen in love.  Again.  Another dark brown-eyed, silky smooth haired, cute as a bug Terrier. Gucci, a Biewer Terrier,  came to visit for a few days and we’re all smitten.  Especially Suzie Q. I … [Read more...]

Sweet Pepper Chicken… and one more heartfelt Thanks!

As I'm desperately trying to write this post, Suzie Q (my youngest gal) decides to catch up on her shows.  It's Saturday morning and I don't have the heart to tell her to move the party downstairs to the less than fabulous television. This is … [Read more...]

Apricot and Sage Stuffed Pork Loin Roast… and a Thank you

I just read the blogging world is now over 2 million strong.  2 million.  That’s a lot of bloggers. I’ve never considered myself a true blogger.  Just a personal chef and culinary instructor who happens to give her recipes a home, on a blog.  … [Read more...]

Superbowl Sliders! Asian Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Sauteed Sweet Onions and Hot Mustard

My sister emailed me this morning asking if I had any Superbowl Sunday recipes to share.  "When is Superbowl Sunday?" I emailed back.  "Sunday"  My sister replies. Oh shoot!  Where have I been?  Hiding under a rock somewhere? I have obviously … [Read more...]

Chicken Fricassee and “Ruhlman’s Twenty” Cookbook Giveaway!

I love cookbooks.  Old ones, new ones, cookbooks with stories and cookbooks with beautiful photographs.  I love the obscure cookbook that no one is raving about; but the author is clever and talented, and the recipes are fresh and practical. So in … [Read more...]

Oven Barbecue Shrimp with Sweet Potato Polenta

Louisiana is where I learned to love seafood. With dishes like fish crusted in chopped pecans and smothered in fresh crab and a lightly spiced white wine beurre blanc, dark and richly flavored seafood gumbo that’s been simmering for hours, and finger … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Brandy Butter Sauce

Cross country skiing is my sport of choice during the winter months.  You're probably wondering what this has to do with roasted chicken leg quarters. There is a story here.  I promise.  After a day of skiing, Ranger Craig and I are usually … [Read more...]

Stuffed Peppadews and Salsa Baked Cheese

I love peppadews.  I really love them.  I could pop a peppadew everyday.  Especially if it's stuffed with cheese.  I even tried stuffing peppadews with my beloved Rogue Smokey Bleu Cheese.  Don't try that.  It didn't work. So I decided to … [Read more...]

Potatoes Dauphinoise

My little Christmas gift to you and a few poems to brew... I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The … [Read more...]

Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

My two sassy gals love this cake. Actually, my two sassy gals love all cake.  And I can't forget my main man, Ranger Craig.  He lives for cake.  And seafood with sauce on top. He's a saucy guy :) Hmmm... two sassy gals and a saucy guy.  … [Read more...]

Roasted Pear Salad with a Shallot Vinaigrette and Red Chard and Spicy Sausage Quiche

A few weeks ago Full Circle Farm  contacted me and asked if I'd like to sample a month's worth of their produce.  I'm a huge fan of local, CSA farms and I felt honored they asked me to give them a try.  So I signed up, cruised their user-friendly … [Read more...]

Tropical Shrimp Curry over Coconut Rice

Ranger Craig and I found a beautiful blue summer sky in the mountains yesterday.  Our first cross-country ski of the season.  It was glorious.  Except when I was laying face first in the snow.  The first snow is always a little … [Read more...]