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

“Great Balls of Fire” Bourbon Mustard Sauce

Hat tip to Pork n Whiskey blog! Bourbon, mustard, and pork…great combination!  Oh look, the recipe says to flambé the bourbon.  “I can do that”, I think to myself.  “This will make a great photo for the blog”, I tell James.  I set my phone on the butcher block, in camera mode.  I want to… Continue reading “Great Balls of Fire” Bourbon Mustard Sauce

Ground Pork with Spicy Thai Noodles

I love noodles, and I love peanut sauce.  However trying to stick with a quasi-Paleo diet means eating no gluten and avoiding legumes, which knocks out a lot of noodle possibilities and also peanuts (which are legumes, not nuts).  I’m not going to discuss why these common foods could be bad for you – there… Continue reading Ground Pork with Spicy Thai Noodles

Roasted Pork Shoulder with Winter Spices

Modified from The Splendid Table The traditional menu for New Year’s Day here in the Southeastern United States is pork, black-eyed peas, and greens.  As the saying goes, “Eat poor on New Year’s and eat fat the rest of the year.”  These foods are supposed to bring you prosperity in the coming year  – the… Continue reading Roasted Pork Shoulder with Winter Spices

Pot Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy

Recipe modified from For the Love of Cooking There were more important things to tend to than spending long hours in the kitchen – for that afternoon we were picking Brian up at the airport to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us.  It was also his first visit to what we hope will soon be… Continue reading Pot Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy

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

Roasted Kabocha Orange Squash

So…I think there was something big going on in the last week and I never got around to posting about this delicious squash.  Something about an election?  Thank goodness that’s over! Last year I “discovered” delicata squash and I’ve been keeping an eye out for it at the market, but no luck so far.  Time… Continue reading Roasted Kabocha Orange Squash

Roasted Cauliflower Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Inspiration: Puree of White Bean Soup from Brasserie le Coze This week I got a blender, a powerful one, something that incredulously was missing from my arsenal of cooking tools.  I could not wait to take it for a spin.  After making a couple of smoothies, I thought I had the hang of it.  Let’s… Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Seared Sea Scallops with Fig-Balsamic Glaze

Scallops are simply wonderful for a quick meal – they only take a few minutes to cook and there are many simple ways to serve them.  I love them seared and served on a bed of creamy risotto and roasted asparagus, with a trickle of balsamic glaze over the top.  This is the essence of… Continue reading Seared Sea Scallops with Fig-Balsamic Glaze

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes (gluten-free and grain-free)

Recipe from Nourishing Days Mr. “He Cleans” requested pancakes for breakfast this weekend, and I was happy to give them a try. I haven’t made pancakes since we went gluten-free and I wasn’t too sure how they would turn out.  My experience with almond flour is that it holds up pretty good unless you get… Continue reading Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes (gluten-free and grain-free)

Peppers Stuffed with Curried Beef

I am overly fond of martabak, a savory, meat-stuffed pancake that one of our nearby Thai restaurants has on the appetizer menu.  It is meaty and a little spicy, with curry, minced onions, and garlic… and wholly addictive.  I’m not sure where this treat originates – according to Wikipedia it can be commonly found in… Continue reading Peppers Stuffed with Curried Beef

Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork (Thit Kho To)

I fell in love with a Vietnamese restaurant, and with Clay Pot Pork.  Chateau Saigon is a gem of a restaurant in the mecca of multi-ethnic eateries that line Buford Highway.  Restaurants in this area of Atlanta are mostly in shopping centers and strip malls, alongside pawn shops, thrift stores, and car dealerships.  In other… Continue reading Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork (Thit Kho To)

Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Most nights, we treat ourselves to a small square of dark chocolate for dessert.  It is not too guilty of  a pleasure, since dark chocolate is packed with cell-protecting antioxidants, known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Of course, that is  exactly what I’m thinking about as I savor my portion and… Continue reading Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Summer Squash Hummus (Bean-less, Gluten-free)

I find myself with a surplus of white, patty pan squash.  I have roasted it, baked it in a casserole, and eaten it sliced and sauteed in butter.  It’s all good – but I know there are gardeners (and cooks) out there that are looking for more things to do with their bounty of summer… Continue reading Summer Squash Hummus (Bean-less, Gluten-free)