Don’t Make This for Dinner

I gave into my baser instincts. I saw the video on this page (use Google and let it translate the page for you) and I had to make it. Had to. I know, it’s over the top. It’s outrageous. But it is made with my two favorite things in the whole world – potatoes and … Read more

Why I Cook

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Why I Cook

Lately there has been a lot of discussion in the media about family dinners. In case you didn’t know, family dinners will apparently solve all your family’s problems – from health issues, to mental health, to school performance and more. There has also been a glut of cookbooks lately that claim to make cooking family … Read more


Posted by Brette in Food

My daughter urged me to try out a recipe for tahdig, a Persian rice dish. This is so incredibly simple to make and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I am not wild about super spicy foods, so we went low key. Add more turmeric or other spices to yours if you like. … Read more

Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta

This recipe is  result of trying to deal with my CSA bounty and trying to deal with my leftovers! I had a leftover grilled chicken breast and leftover broccoli. Here’s the result. Garlic Scape Pasta   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients For the pesto: 16 garlic scapes ½ cup olive oil 2 ounces pine nuts ½ … Read more

Portabella Caprese

I did a meatless Monday recently and used Portabella mushrooms for our main course. This recipe is super simple and you can make it in the oven or on the grill. Rub your mushrooms with oil (I had a wild mushroom and sage oil I used that was wonderful) and season with salt and pepper. … Read more

Make Your Scrambled Eggs Fluffier

I am super picky about eggs. Each type of egg prep has its own specific rules for me. When it comes to scrambled eggs, I do not like wet, partially uncooked eggs. But I also don’t like them dry. Achieving this is a fine line to walk. The solution? Butter. I know you’re thinking this … Read more

Apple Round Up

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Apples are one of my favorite things about fall. I like them in desserts, but I also like them in savory dishes. I thought I would share some of my favorites: Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Apples Pork Tenderloin with Sauerkraut and Apples Parsnips and Apples Apple Crisp Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apple Fried … Read more

Italian Potatoes

Everywhere we ate in Italy, our meals were accompanied by potatoes. Not just any potatoes. These were golden chunks of potatoes that were super crispy and flavorful on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Like nothing I’ve eaten at home. So of course I was on a mission to figure out how … Read more

Tomato Pesto Chicken Pasta

The night started with the intention to make some pesto from the basil I brought home from the CSA. Here’s the delicious dish that ended up on our plates: Tomato Pesto Chicken Pasta 1 lb ground chicken olive oil salt and pepper 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves 2 tbsp pine nuts 1 tomato 2 … Read more

Huli Huli Chicken

I’m still in love with the food we had in Hawaii, so from time to time, I try to recreate that trip on our dinner table. I came upon this recipe in July Taste of Home (a magazine in which I rarely find something I want to make in!) and really enjoyed it – simple … Read more