This is one of those wonderfully versatile recipes- it works with whatever happens to be in your fridge. It works equally well with firm tofu, ground chicken or ground pork. Feel free to swap in any veggies that you have. Serves 2 -4 people depending on hunger level. The cooking time is rather quick so it’s wonderful for a quick dinner after all your evening chores are done. 1/2 Package Rice Noodles – I prefer the thin noodles 1 Package Ground Turkey 1 Cup Diced Zuchini 1/2 Cup Fresh corn 1 bunch scallions 4 tablespoons chili garlic sauce-  Huy Fong can be found in mostRead More →

This time of year we are generally all rich in squash and corn and although the summer may not immediately make us think of soup- it is a wonderful way to use up that bumper crop. This is a super easy recipe and the soup can be made ahead – with finale being hours later with the squash blossoms. Squash & Corn Soup 2 Medium squash cut into dice 2 ears corn – corn removed from the cob 1 medium onion diced 5 cups chicken stock – if you have homemade lovely otherwise no worries 2 slices crusty bread cut into- if you only haveRead More →

It’s a universally loved food with both children and adults. Pizza dough is versatile stuff – if I’m trying to whip up a quick dinner, I’ll make one large Grandma Style Pizza on a cookie sheet or if the kiddos seem to be looking for something to do we’ll make individual pies. Either way it is a great way to incorporate all types of ingredients. When the kiddos make their own pies I put out as many ingredients as I can find in the fridge or freezer. The kids have a great time making designs on their pies and eagerly eat whatever they create. It’sRead More →

I realized early on that you have to market veggies to kids. Be loud, be proud of what you are serving—shout it from the rooftops: “Hey, there, dinner is ready and guess what we are having? Broccoli YEAH!!!!” You would be amazed at how just a little enthusiasm will all of sudden make that dread thing on their plate into something wonderful. Be a promoter of the mighty vegetable—market the heck out of those veggies to your kiddos : “Small people, did you know that Carrots will help you see in the dark?” or  “Green Makes you grow—who wants to be the tallest?” From an earlyRead More →

I find baking incredibly satisfying. There’s something zen about starting with basic ingredients and ending up with a cake.  I try to bake as many cakes as possible for family birthdays & the occasional holiday. For Easter I made a Coconut Cake with Lemon Icing which  was decorated with Easter Candy . There’s something wonderfully sweet about baking cake for a birthday or holiday meal. Please don’t take that to mean that I make all of the cakes—sometimes I’m slammed and I’m happy to enlist the help of the local baker or supermarket (a great source for flashy & fun kids’ cakes). Anyway, I have oneRead More →

I find nothing more satisfying and simple to pull off then the one pot dinner. They are great year-round and if you can work the vegetable into the scenario – even better!  The other advantage is it makes your home smell awesome all day. This is one of my favorites and it can be served in a myriad of ways. Most recently I served it with rice and avocados tossed with lime and tortillas, but it works just as well with mashed potatoes. The only real labor is the marinade. Garlic Marinated Pork Shoulder with Beans Marinade 4 oranges or tangerines 1/2 cup cider vinegarRead More →

I swear by soup. Every person in the world likes soup and we all have our own variations. I understand in the crazy world we live in that you have to find short cuts just to fit everything in that you need to do — one place, though, where it’s worth the effort, is with home-made chicken stock. Satisfying to make and worth the minimal effort. It is literally liquid gold in your freezer and will serve as the canvas for a million varieties of soup as well as a generally good thing to have in your arsenal. Chicken Stock I Bird, whole or cut upRead More →

I love pies and tarts and all things filled and crusted. Making pie crust is probably one of the more satisfying things you can do in the kitchen and, believe it or not, remarkably easy. So fear not! Here is a fool-proof pie crust. The recipe is great for entertaining as you can make the filling and dough ahead of time, assemble before your guests arrive and pull it out of the oven as they walk in. House smells great and you look like a rockstar. 2 cups all purpose flower 1 1/2 stick butter 1 tspn salt 1 cup ice water Mix flour andRead More →

We all have it: leftover chicken. Not enough to feed the masses, but enough when flushed out with some additional ingredients to make a yummy lunch for one or two. I have a thing for dill so I try to keep it in the fridge, but anything green will do—I’ve even used chopped arugula. Caper Dill Chicken Salad Leftover chopped chicken 1 Tablespoon chopped capers 3 tablespoons of Mayo dash of dijon mustard Chopped dill Salt & Pepper to taste Slice Tomatoes , arrange on plate with sliced avocado and sprinkle with salt—place chicken salad on top and enjoy! *** Like most things I makeRead More →