Sweet & Sour Cucumber Noodles

Shhh, don’t mention this to my wife, but I bought a mandoline the other day.  No, not the musical instrument – that is a mandolin – but the multi-purpose kitchen tool that cuts, slices, grates and juliennes foods.   Like a lot of kitchens we have too many gadgets and not enough space to put them […]

Grilled Pineapple Tart

More often than not my meal planning starts with looking at recipes, then going to the store to purchase what is needed for that particular dish.  Much less frequently I start with the thought “What should I do with this ____ that I have left over.”  Dessert the other night was a case of the […]

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing technical this time – and I admit it is a bit subtle to the casual observer – but something is definitely missing. To understand I need to back up a step… The weather has turned cooler and it seemed a good time to make a nice pot of soup. […]

Apple and Sausage Pie

I made a fantastic (if I say so myself) entrée for my wife’s birthday dinner a few weeks ago.  Generally when I make something I really like it finds its way to the blog pretty quickly.  In this case it was an incredibly tasty combination of sausage (hot chicken sausage in our case), Granny Smith […]

Heirloom Tomato Torte

Have to admit that when I look at other food blogs I am often jealous of the beautiful photography I see there.  While my food staging and picture taking skills have improved over the months, I am still a novice, and not nearly as good at this as I’d like to be. Case in point […]

Pomegranate Guacamole

“Hey, this looks very Christmassy.” That was my mother-in-law’s assessment of the Pomegranate Guacamole I made as an appetizer for my wife’s birthday dinner. Oh yea, also “This is very tasty.” She was right on both accounts. I saw this recipe on the Just a Taste food blog and the color is what certainly caught […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

My adventures baking with zucchini and Greek Yogurt continued this week.  I bought a few more zucchini at a local farm stand (Cournoyers Farm in Paxton for those of you in Central Mass) after finding an interesting sounding recipe for a chocolate chip zucchini bread on the Domesticated Academic food blog.  Not sure if the […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Occasionally a confluence of factors goes into helping me figure out what in the heck I am going to make. In the latest case it was seeing lots of zucchini at our local farm stand and my desire to try a dessert using Greek yogurt.  Let me explain that last part… I have signed up […]

Quinoa and Blueberry Salad

Wait, another recipe with quinoa? Seems like I am in a rut, but how can you not love the nutty taste of quinoa mixed with blueberries. Even better this recipe adds pistachios to the mix, resulting in an amazing, palate pleasing dish. Frequent readers know I have been on a quinoa kick lately. While I […]

Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn & Chiles

I do declare* that quinoa is my favorite grain.  Sure, we eat rice or barley or farro also, but the nutty crunchy taste of quinoa just works for me.  My latest foray into using it was with a nice recipe I found that took fresh tomatoes (plentiful this time of year) and stuffed then with […]