Alex Boake’s Gluten-Free Onions au Gratin

When we first started this blog, it was hard to imagine that anyone would see it except our friends, who could be subjected to nagging and arm-twisting until they clicked on the links we sent them to our creations.  Thanks to blogging “tools”, we could even track where the 20 or so hits we were… Continue reading Alex Boake’s Gluten-Free Onions au Gratin

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gratin

If you’re following along, earlier this week I ventured out to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market and brought home a few bags of inspiration for the blog.  Our second meal resulting from that haul was grilled veal rib chops with this savory mushroom and goat cheese gratin.  Although the veal chops were delicious, the mushroom gratin… Continue reading Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gratin

Fennel with Cheese Sauce (Finocchi Al Formaggio)

Modified from Italy, The Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Regions of Italy, by Lorenza de’Medici and Patrizia Passigli I have this rather large cookbook, Italy, the Beautiful Cookbook, which is sized more appropriately for coffee table display than for actual cooking.  For that reason, I haven’t really taken much advantage of the great Italian… Continue reading Fennel with Cheese Sauce (Finocchi Al Formaggio)

Spanish-Style Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers

Modified from Whole Foods Recipes, via iphone app Wow, we were blown away by how wonderful these peppers and portobello mushrooms were!  Roasted mushrooms and peppers are one of our favorite side dishes, but the vinaigrette from this recipe with capers, garlic, and raisins added a sweet and sour dimension that turned this dish from… Continue reading Spanish-Style Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers

Roasted Lima Beans with Italian Herbs

Modified from Wholefoods.com It was not shaping up to be an exciting day for vegetables.  There were slim pickings in the refrigerator, and I didn’t relish the idea of going out to the grocery store in the rain.  However, the ever-dependable lima beans were waiting in the freezer.  Waiting for a chance to be something… Continue reading Roasted Lima Beans with Italian Herbs

Lamb Chops with Moroccan Spice Rub and Apricot Risotto

These grass-fed lamb chops from U.S. Wellness Meats are rich in taste and perfect for grilling.  We marinated the lamb chops in a wet spice rub of classic Moroccan herbs and spices, and paired the grilled chops with a creamy risotto spiked with Turkish apricots and pistachios for a dinner worthy of any special occasion. … Continue reading Lamb Chops with Moroccan Spice Rub and Apricot Risotto

Pork Chops with Sweet Potato and Fennel Hash

Pork chops are so easy.  They cook up quickly without much fuss, which makes them great for mid-week dinners.  I especially like pork paired with something that has a little sweetness.  Fruits like apples, cherries, and apricots are clear winners – but so are the sugars from slowly caramelized fennel, onion, and sweet potatoes in… Continue reading Pork Chops with Sweet Potato and Fennel Hash

Cornbread Pudding

Modified from Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen Cornbread pudding is one of our perennial favorites for any holiday meal.  Not only is it melt-in-your-mouth good with a creamy custard base, savory herbs and dry aged cheese, and a touch of natural sweetness from corn and caramelized onions…mmmm…what was I saying?  I seemed to drift off there… Continue reading Cornbread Pudding

Thanksgiving Round-up

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday.  For a cook, there is nothing quite so satisfying as planning, cooking, and serving up a feast to your family or friends. One giant meal for the day, with lots of nibbling and snacking in between.  I look forward to that first stolen bite of turkey, the privilege of which… Continue reading Thanksgiving Round-up

Roasted Delicata Squash “Fries”

I was negligent in not posting this simple, simple recipe for delicious delicata squash on our blog.  The readers of our facebook page know that this is one of our new favorite side dishes (if you haven’t liked our facebook page…see, there’s one good reason you should!)  With Thanksgiving coming up soon, everyone needs an… Continue reading Roasted Delicata Squash “Fries”

Twice-Cooked Zucchini Boats

I confess – I’ve been a little crazed with the zucchini this year.  Not because I actually grew any  – – I am a horrible gardener!  I planted several zucchini plants, and didn’t grow a single squash.  When people talk of how productive their plants are, and they “just don’t know what to do with… Continue reading Twice-Cooked Zucchini Boats

Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Modified from “Etta’s Cornbread” in Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen Every good Southern cook probably has a prized recipe or two for cornbread.  I like mine buttery, slightly crumbly but not dry, with a touch of sweetness and a crispy crust.  I adapted this recipe for gluten-free cornbread from one of my favorite cookbooks, Tom Douglas’… Continue reading Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Cauliflower Purée with Goat Cheese

We ran across some MONSTER grass-fed ribeye steaks on-the-bone, perfect for Sunday Steak Night™!  It seemed like a good night for a simple, mashed vegetable side dish.  We have posted another recipe for mashed cauliflower, which I love, but it is really hearty and filling on its own.  We needed something a little less rich… Continue reading Cauliflower Purée with Goat Cheese

Roasted Figs and Fennel

The last week has been blessedly fall-like with cooler temperatures.  Time to start thinking about all the wonderful meals of the harvest season!  Roasting vegetables in the oven is one of my favorite cooking methods – because it’s easy, sure, but also because the high heat caramelizes whatever natural sugars are present and transforms about… Continue reading Roasted Figs and Fennel