Cabbage, Carrot and Dried Cherry Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dijon Dressing

This is my new "go to" salad.  For some reason I've been on a cabbage kick lately.  Not sure what got that started but my frig has constantly been full of purple cabbage, savoy cabbage, and Napa cabbage.  I think it's due to all that beautiful … [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...]

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...]

Black Bean and Ham Soup

Black bean and ham soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.  For me, it shouts home cooking and all that's good and right with the world.  It's full of delicious flavors that soothes the soul and most certainly delights the palate.  A winter soup … [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...]

Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Leeks and Gruyere

Tis the season for rich and creamy comfort food.  Risotto is a dish to be savored, and a lovely dish to be served Fall, Winter or Spring. This decadent risotto is filled with the distinct and exquisite flavors of porcini mushrooms, sweet leeks and … [Read more...]

Petrale Sole with Mixed Olive and Citrus Relish

Looking in my pantry one afternoon, I realized I had quite the assortment of olives.  Kalamata olives, Greek stuffed olives, orange peel stuffed olives, black olives, large green olives and an olive and herb mix in vermouth.  I guess it's no secret, … [Read more...]

Roast Pork Loin with Cranberry Port Sauce

Thin shaved pork tenderloin with Yakisoba noodles and veggies, or pounded pork tenderloin medallions with an exquisite sauce.  And we can't forget the good ole pork chop smothered in spices and apples.  However you like to prepare your pork, the … [Read more...]