Let’s Cook Something New: Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Let’s cook something new: Tomatillo Salsa Verde. I had never heard of a tomatillo until our local newspaper published a recipe for enchiladas with a green sauce made with tomatillos. l’m always ready for a challenge and not only made the recipe but attempted to grow tomatillos in my garden last summer. Continue reading

Favorite Oven BBQ Chicken

Never throw away a good recipe. While searching through my mother’s old recipe files, I found a recipe for “Broiled Chicken Barbecue” which dated from a 1952 issue of “Better Homes & Gardens” magazine. Gee, this must be a good recipe for my mother to have saved it for over 60 years. I made the chicken recipe, liked it and now I often serve it when we have guests over for supper. It’s especially nice for summer picnics and barbecues.

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Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad on a Road Trip

This week I’m on a road trip from Louisiana to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. It’s 1002 miles; a long drive. A home cooked meal is always welcome when we’re on these driving trips. Often we’ll stop at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. This restaurant chain is scattered along the interstates throughout the Eastern states; we discovered that they serve family-type menu foods. This time we stopped to eat at one somewhere in Alabama and I tried a new menu item: Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad Continue reading

Easy and Elegant Strawberry Cake for Mother’s Day

Local strawberries are in season for a few short weeks in the spring. Refreshing and healthy, I like to feature recipes using Louisiana berries as a way to support local farmers as well as include fresh fruit in our meals. I have in mind a cake which I made years ago for a bridal shower; a poke cake. And with Mother’s Day coming up soon, it is a very striking cake for this festive occasion, too.

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Thai Wonton Soup (Simplified) and Family Vacations

Part of the fun part of a family vacation is the unplanned adventures which happen along the way. But what is more frustrating that taking a family road trip vacation and finding that the family navigator can’t read a map? I discovered the answer for modern-day travelers. Like may other families we’ve dropped the maps and rely on GPS tracking systems. Last summer we tried to find an address for a Fed Ex store in an unfamiliar urban city and listened to our three GPS systems shout contradictory instructions at the same time.We found the Federal Express Store just before it closed and then noticed a Thai restaurant down the street in the same strip shopping center. We decided to stay and eat supper there. Continue reading

Family Traditions: A Tall Stack of Apple-Walnut Pancakes

I am guessing here; but I imagine that most families have mealtime traditions, especially at holidays. One of our traditions is fixing pancakes on a lazy weekend morning with no reason to rise and shine for school or a work schedule. Mother’s Day, celebrated in May, is one of these holidays with special traditions when we make pancakes. Buttermilk pancakes from a boxed mix is my husband’s specialty. They are light and fluffy and have no equal. Tall Stack of Apple Walnut Whole Wheat Pancakes - IMG_0496_1

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Val’s Split Pea Soup

When a co-worker mentioned that she was going to cook split pea soup for her family; I thought to myself that I haven’t eaten this soup since I was a child. Split pea soup was a standard menu item on Saturday lunches, but I  have never tried to make it myself since growing up. And I really like this soup. So Val sent me the general recipe via Facebook and here’s my attempt at the soup. Continue reading

Fresh Blackberry Custard Tart

I purchased some fresh blackberries by mistake last week. I love the flavor of blackberries so I browsed through my recipe files to find a way use the berries. After a long search, I ended up combining several recipes–a sweet pie crust with a custard and fruit filling. Now it is a delicious blackberry custard tart.  Continue reading

Jeanne’s Chicken Thighs Stuffed with Matzo and Fresh Vegetable Kugel

Jeanne’s Stuffed Chicken Thighs is a time-honored family holiday tradition for Passover from my mother-in-law. In this household, the Passover meal is celebrated each spring with a large formal family meal and recounting of the story of the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt and their life of slavery and on to freedom.  The evening meal wouldn’t be the same without Stuffed Chicken Thighs.I asked my mother-in-law for the recipe for my blog. Although I’d eaten this dish many times, I had never actually watched the preparation and was surprised at the ingredients. The chicken thighs are stuffed with kugel made from a wonderful combination of fresh, aromatic vegetables, eggs and matzo. The chicken thighs are delicious; this dish is good any time of the year. Continue reading