Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa with Fresh Basil

I've got a big yellow bowl sitting on my kitchen counter.  I love that bowl.  It looks like sunshine.  And it’s overflowing with all my beautifully delicious fruits and veggies.   I also love my big yellow bowl because one of my dear friends gave it … [Read more...]

Summer Lasagna

I suppose you're wondering what in the world is Summer Lasagna?  Well, it's lasagna I make in the summer.  :)  Naw!  Just kidding.  Summer lasagna is my answer to lasagna all year-long.  Just like soup, I like to eat lasagna in all seasons.  So I … [Read more...]

Stuffed Pork Loin with Fresh Spinach, Feta and Golden Raisins

I just might have a thousand recipes for pork (exaggerating a wee bit), but for some reason I'm completely bored with all of them.  I think it's time to get a little fancy with this week's pork.  And by fancy I don't mean lots of work,  … [Read more...]

Warm Farro with Wilted Baby Spinach and Crispy Pancetta

Meet my new discovery, Farro.   Well, it's not really a "new" discovery, I've just finally figured out how to cook with it.  Farro is one of those new again ancient grains to gain popularity in the mainstream food arena.  A grain that feels and cooks … [Read more...]

Fresh Raspberry Pan Sauce over Roasted Cornish Hens

When I was little I couldn't wait for the  summer sun to ripen all the bright red raspberries in our garden.   I'd spend hours milling about the sweet smelling berry bushes eating the sun warmed berries, when really I was supposed to be picking … [Read more...]

Lemon Chicken Florentine

Sometimes I feel like the Queen of the quick meal; prep it, cook it, sauce it and serve it!  Fresh ingredients that require minimal effort but result in exceptional flavor.  And sometimes I like to make dinner a project.  Piddling around in the … [Read more...]

Salisbury Steak with Pan Gravy

I walked in my front door a few weeks ago and heard my oldest gal call “hey Mom!” from the family room sofa.  She’d come home from college for a few days to recover from a cold she’d picked up during mid-terms.  After we chatted for a few minutes … [Read more...]

Chicken Gaston Gerard

I'm truly over the moon excited about this recipe.  It feels as if I've won the lottery or at least discovered the next best chicken recipe of the year.   It's an interesting story how I stumbled upon this delicious dish.  I was browsing a few of … [Read more...]

Red Cabbage, Apple and Carrot Coleslaw

Recently, Ranger Craig and I watched the full length feature film documentary, Food Matters.  A compelling look at the food we eat and how it affects our health and well-being.  It's an absolute truth that we are what we eat.  Food can affect our … [Read more...]

Roasted Fresh Seasonal Fish with Herb Butter, Tomatoes and Garlic

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to dinner in the Bennett house.  This doesn't mean we like to sacrifice quality or flavor, it just means some days we need dinner in a jiffy.   Fresh fish is fast.  It's easily paired with fresh … [Read more...]

Shortbread Toffee Bars

Once in a blue moon we must have a dessert post.  I'm not big on dessert mind you, only because when I make dessert I end up consuming much of what I've just prepared... with no leftovers!   I have a huge sweet tooth for warm baked cookies, cakes, … [Read more...]

Grilled Mahi Mahi With a Savory Strawberry Salsa

Recently Ranger Craig and I found ourselves without teenagers for a few weeks and decided to take off on our own summer adventure while our girls were away.  Of course my idea of summer adventure is somewhat different from Ranger Craig's.  That being … [Read more...]