Apricot & Garlic Glazed Pork Chops

Searing the meat first makes the chops moist and the sauce is incredible. It was a wonderful feast for a cold winter night. However, it could easily translate to summer dinners as well. Imagine starting the cooking process on the grill and finishing with the glaze. Add a scoop of pineapple sorbet and a slice of watermelon and you have a perfect meal. … More Apricot & Garlic Glazed Pork Chops

CRISPY MAPLE GLAZED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON

While these sprouts can be made ahead and warmed up they are best served right out of the oven. I also suggest that you use fresh Brussels sprouts, instead of frozen, to reach the right crispiness. While a couple frozen bags of Brussels sprouts are a staple in our freezer, I like to use fresh ones when I am able.  … More CRISPY MAPLE GLAZED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON

BEEF GYROS WITH CUCUMBER TZATZIKI SAUCE

This year I have had a bumper crop of cucumbers, and after making several batches of dill pickles and selling an abundance at the Skandia Farmers Market, I have been coming up with different ways to eat cucumbers. One of my favorite ways to enjoy their refreshing flavor is in a homemade Mediterranean tzatziki sauce. While I enjoy using it as a dip for vegetables and in a sandwich wrap, I thought I would try my hand at a marinated beef gyro. When I posted a photo on my personal social media account of my food experiment, several friends asked me for the recipe. A couple mentioned that they loved the flavors of a gyro, but felt an aversion to eating lamb. If you do not eat beef, you could use chicken and if you do not eat meat you could substitute large portabella mushrooms or eggplant. If you are watching your intake of bread, you can leave off the pita and turn it into a gyro salad. … More BEEF GYROS WITH CUCUMBER TZATZIKI SAUCE

Seven Beet Recipes: A Curated Collection

This week a friend contacted me and asked for some advice. She had never grown beets, or cooked with them before, and her garden was producing a beautiful crop of plump beets. After directing her to the various recipes on my blog, I decided it may be a sound idea to curate some collections of recipes that feature various vegetables and herbs.

So today I offer the first in a serious of posts. This one featuring the glorious beet. … More Seven Beet Recipes: A Curated Collection

ASPARAGUS, MUSHROOM, & GOAT CHEESE FRITTATA WITH LEMON ROASTED POTATOES: HOMESPUN CUISINE

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ― Henry David Thoreau Rustic elegance is my current favorite term. It embraces both my design style and my philosophy about food and cooking. As my husband adds an addition onto … More ASPARAGUS, MUSHROOM, & GOAT CHEESE FRITTATA WITH LEMON ROASTED POTATOES: HOMESPUN CUISINE