Creole Peas in the Instant Pot

Well, I have become a pressure cooker convert. Like thousands of others, I jumped on the Prime Day bandwagon and ended up with an Instant Pot (IP). I was amazed by the hard-boiled eggs, with shells that slipped off effortlessly in one piece. I fell in love with the 7-inch cheesecake, perfectly creamy and done… Continue reading Creole Peas in the Instant Pot

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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

Modified from TaylorMade Market Truthfully, I have not been much of a spaghetti squash fan when people have touted it as an alternative to spaghetti noodles. It always turned to mush for me and seemed kind of bland. I noticed this appealing recipe on Pinterest and decided to give spaghetti squash another try. As usual,… Continue reading Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

Potatoes Au Gratin

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Have you ever made a cheesy potato dish that you love, only to have it curdle or end up topped with an unappetizing pool of grease?  There’s a lot of variables at play – the amount of starch in the potato, the proteins in the cream and cheese, how well… Continue reading Potatoes Au Gratin

Summer Squash Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Never mind the date on the calendar; it’s truly summer when summer squash are bursting out all over.  Whether you grow your own or depend on your local farmers,  summer squash is in season!  Luckily it is very versatile and I never get tired of eating it. We usually go for something simple with summer… Continue reading Summer Squash Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Cheddar Bacon Biscuits (grain-free)

These savory little shortbread cookies will taunt you until you have eaten every last one – I’ll warn you now!  I had to make batch after batch of these because I “forgot” to take a photo, and next thing I knew, they were all gone. I first set out on the path to make plain… Continue reading Cheddar Bacon Biscuits (grain-free)

Crispy, Baked Sweet Potato Fries (gluten-free)

Over the weekend I went on an internet mission to find the secret to sweet potato fries that are crispy, baked (vs fried), well-seasoned, and gluten free.  I wrote down what I thought were the best ideas from a multitude of recipes, added seasonings I like, and put it all together in a Hail Mary,… Continue reading Crispy, Baked Sweet Potato Fries (gluten-free)

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Vodka Sauce

Tomatoes are starting to roll in, and not even I can keep up with eating that many BLTs.  One of the easiest and most versatile ways to take advantage of this is to oven-roast the tomatoes.  I love the super-concentrated, sweet taste of roasted tomatoes – and you can use them in a sauce, eat… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Vodka Sauce

Chicken Piccata with Rainbow Chard

We were out of town last week, although not really vacationing.  I had envisioned cooking up a storm and having lots of things to post, but soon after arriving at our non-airconditioned home (in a desert) those plans fell to the wayside.  I forget how much turning on a stove or oven heats the entire… Continue reading Chicken Piccata with Rainbow Chard

Acorn Squash with Kale and Pecans

We’re starting a new venture with community-supported agriculture this year, and we’re signed up with Rise ‘n Shine Organic Farm.  Two weeks into it now, we’ve racked up plenty of good things  – lettuce, kale, radishes, swiss chard, carrots  –  and also supplements of local honey, pecans, and grits since the growing season here is… Continue reading Acorn Squash with Kale and Pecans

Smoky Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon Topping

Adapted from and Inspired by Bakeaholic Mama I recognize that I use every excuse in the book to eat anything dripping with cheese and/or bacon….but this time I really needed some comfort food.  If any of you have ever had a pinched nerve in your back, you know what I’m saying.  Ouch!  Although I was… Continue reading Smoky Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon Topping

Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Inspired by Love That Food It’s vacation time, and you gotta indulge.  Since white potatoes are not normally in our diet, when we have them we want them to be extra-special.  This recipe for “smashed” potatoes is like the bridge between roasted and mashed – they are boiled until tender, then flattened and crushed so… Continue reading Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Zucchini Noodles with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Who’s a fool for sauce?  I don’t know about you, but if there’s a sauce or condiment I can drench my food with, I will do it.  My husband, not so much.  Not too long ago, I made some salmon patties and asparagus – and on a whim, whipped up a quick lemon-butter sauce to… Continue reading Zucchini Noodles with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Seared Tuna Steaks with Spicy No-Carb “Miracle” Noodles

Last week a wise reader alerted me to a zero carb, low-calorie noodle called “Shirataki de Konjac” – well, that’s what they are called in France.  (Thanks, Donna!)  I did a little research and found that shirataki are are thin, translucent, gelatinous noodles made from the konjac yam (also known as elephant yam or devil’s… Continue reading Seared Tuna Steaks with Spicy No-Carb “Miracle” Noodles

Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote

Cranberry sauce isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I personally have a deep abiding love for the stuff and can’t imagine a Thanksgiving table without it.  I usually try a new recipe every year – there’s just so much you can do with it – but this recipe must might end up as a perennial favorite.  Where… Continue reading Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote