Tomato Balsamic Soup

Is it winter or spring? I can’t really tell. On Monday we had everything from fog, pouring rain, strong winds and beautiful sunshine. All within a 10 hour period of time. Yesterday was a fair amount of wind and sunshine. Perfect soup weather. There is just something about tomato soup that fits the bill for…

Beet, Blood Orange & Quinoa Salad

Blood oranges. This little orange is fascinating to me. The melding of colors both inside and out. The slight sweetness contrasted by the tart. It is a work of art. So… when you get excited to see them for a great price at the farmers market and buy one too many pounds of them? Make…

Avocado, Egg & Sourdough

Sourdough bread, butter, eggs, avocado… these are a few of my favorite things! Individually these ingredients are heavenly in their own right. But mixed together? Create a wonderful change of pace. Now this isn’t anything fancy or new. Do a google search, many have done this before me. But when I stumbled upon this combination…

Last Week In The Kitchen: Oct 31 – Nov 6th

Chicken Noodle Soup w/dumplings & sourdough bread My father in law was visiting from out of state and I wanted to welcome him with some comfort food. Homemade chicken noodle soup definitely fits the bill for. The key to this soup? A really solid stock. Like stick to your bones/cure any illness/what our great grandparents…

Jam – The Freezer Kind

Summer is upon us and with it comes an abundance of fruits. This usually translates into me buying more than I Will and I can possibly consume. But that is exactly what jam is for! I did a foray into small batch jam several months back with results that were kind of “meh” for jam…

Hard Boiled Eggs

Who knew how complicated it is to hard boil eggs! How long do I boil them for? Should the lid be on or off? Do I turn the heat off or keep it on? Should I add salt or vinegar, or both? Ice bath or not? Poke holes in the bottom? And peeling … yeah,…

Stroganoff

Stroganoff. Mmm just the name conjures up memories of the comfort food of my youth. Though this is a Russian dish, the version I grew up on is far from traditional. In fact, it is the proud product of the 1970’s America, complete with ground beef and a can of condensed cream of chicken soup….

Petits Fours: The Filling

Petits fours can be made with a variety of fillings. From assorted jams such as strawberry and raspberry to butter cream, pastry cream curds, marzipan, etc. Strawberry jam is what the recipe called for and I had no complaints about that. This was actually the perfect excuse to try a small batch strawberry jam recipe…