Thought I’d try to plant something new in my autumn garden in September. Red and White Russian Kale are new to me and they are turning out to be star performers in my garden. This sent me scrambling to learn how to cook the kale. Looks like Braised Kale should be easy. Continue reading
The inspiration for “Thai Crunch Salad” is my backyard garden. I planted an autumn garden on the first of September. A month later, I am pleased and proud that the pak choi has grown prolifically with very little help from me. It is ready for harvest and I need recipes.
I remember eating a dish for “Thai Crunch Salad” with chicken and a peanut butter, cilantro and lime dressing at California Pizza Kitchen. Although flavor combination was a bit unusual; the dish was outstanding. I’ve always wanted to try making it at home. Here’s my version. Continue reading
Autumn is the season for apples and I enjoy finding new and interesting varieties of apples in produce markets. I’m calling this pie, “Jazzed-Up Apple Crumb Pie”, and used a new type of apple–Jazz apples–in the pie. This recipe is everything a pie should be–juicy and sweet, the apples are still just a little crisp and the topping is crunchy. And the pie has only a few ingredients; it is very, very easy to make; hence if falls into my category of “Easy Cook”. Continue reading
The seasons turned from summer to fall last week; the weather doesn’t feel any different; it is still hot and muggy. But now it is football season and in Louisiana folks take this sport seriously. Tailgating before LSU college football games is a social ritual; hundreds of folks descend onto the LSU campus for an afternoon party and then to watch the game. “Game Day Sloppy Joes” is an easy and tasty main dish to serve at the picnic.
Have you ever gone grocery shopping and purchased a gorgeous vegetable or piece of fruit on a whim just because it looked so tempting. But alas, it set on the kitchen counter for several days until it was too over-ripe to use? Yes, ripe produce spoils quickly. It is nice to have some easy ways to prepare the vegetable or fruit with ingredients that are generally in a home pantry; a recipe not requiring alot of time or effort. Hence, Easy Cook: Roasted Cauliflower. Continue reading
Nothing is more elegant than Cherry Pie. No dessert is so dramatic and aromatic. I became inspired to make a Cherry Pie after I saw a Facebook post of a baker making creative cut-out pie crust toppings in a interesting time-lapsed video. I can do that, I mused. I’ll make a Cherry Pie. Mine wasn’t as perfect as the video; but the pie tasted great. And it was quite easy to make, too. Continue reading
Here’s an interesting way to use plums — bake this “Tangy Plums Bread.” With autumn rapidly approaching, plums are in season and they are easy to find. This quick bread is very simple to make, very healthy and best of all, quite delicious. It makes a great breakfast bread or snack and the aromatic flavors of plums and walnuts stand out.
Here’s another delicious eggplant recipe. If you are not an eggplant fan, try this recipe. The seasonings, often found in oriental cuisine, make the eggplant spicy and pungent. Grandma Jeanne says it is her favorite way to fix eggplant. Continue reading
I love fresh, ripe peaches in the summertime. They make a juicy and aromatic snack and are one of my favorite summer fruits. My cousin, Barbara, from the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina, shared one of her favorite recipes and another interesting way to serve peaches. “Maryland Peach Chutney” is a spicy compote of fresh peaches, raisins and apples. I made a small batch and served it with baked chicken and rice. Continue reading
Everybody raves about Aunt Gaye’s Eggplant Caponata. It’s another great recipe for eggplant which includes lots of garden fresh vegetables. These are all chopped up and baked in a simple red wine vinegar and olive oil marinade. The flavors meld together in just the right blend. It’s difficult to stop eating this appetizer.