Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Fun enough for the kids.  Just grown up enough for the adult palate as well.  So simple to make.  Ready for it?  Sure you are.   This is a fun twist on macaroni and cheese.  I like creating an opportunity to introduce children to new foods and expand their palates, while simultaneously eating something with a sense [...]

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Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta and Mushrooms

Time to talk lamb shanks?  Why, yes. Yes it is. From the lower section of the leg, lamb shanks are a full-flavored cut of meat.  They do, however, require a bit of love and attention to bring out their full potential.  These shanks are first browned in veg oil.  This gives them color while enhancing [...]

Smoked Trout Salad

  It's been said before. It's awfully true ... Food is memories. When I was growing up, many a Friday in the winter meant one thing to me.  Roooooad trip!  We'd get out of school at 2:30 pm.  By 3:00 pm, the car was packed and we were heading north.  Skis and snowboards on the [...]

Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

  I've got roasted garlic and tomatoes, and I've got feta cheese, and I've got arugula, and I've got artichokes, and I've got a deliciously lemony dressing.  And, you may partake with me on one condition; that you listen to (read) my short rant about Spring weather in Chicago.  Those of you not dealing with [...]

Crock Pot Skinny Mashed Potatoes

  I realize it's been been some time since my last post.  I apologize for all the grief and anxiety that you've no doubt been suffering from due to this absence.  So, accept my apology, dry your tears, and let's get goin' again.  Game on! I'm reminded of a wise passage I once read on [...]

Tequila Lime “Margarita” Chicken Wings and Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

  Wasted away again in Margarita-wing-ville ...   I know, a Jimmy Buffet reference. Gimmie a break, though.  It's Sunday afternoon, I've got a bit of writers block going on, and I just made wings that literally taste like a top shelf margarita. (And I just got a manicure ... see those pretty nails?)   [...]

Sticky Bourbon Chicken and Broccoli

  Take-out-fake-out! Unlike my last post, I can't claim to have coined the above phrase.  I can claim a wonderful recipe worthy of staying home in your cozies, and far better than your local take out.  I can also claim a sauce that you'll quickly become addicted to.  Let's roll.   This bourbon chicken and [...]

My Favorite Morning Smoothie

I should trademark this phrase. 'My Favorite Morning Smoothie.'  It'll undoubtedly be the upcoming title of a new band,  a popular song, or political podcast.  Alas, for now, it shall be the modest title of my most recent post. (Don't any of you go stealing it!) In addition to being low in calories and high [...]

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Compote (and warm maple syrup and bacon)

  A classic recipe.  A memorable twist on it. You didn't know National Blueberry Pancake Day existed, did you?  No, I didn't make this day up ... someone else did.  That said, I'm more than happy to celebrate.  I'm also more than happy to show you a fantastically simple, not-so-typical, blueberry pancake recipe. I'm also [...]

Salmon Sliders with Dill and Caper Yogurt Sauce

  Most of us are currently in the doldrums of winter.  It's cold.  Perma-gray clouds are lingering.  We're tediously wiping the pup's paws after every walk.  ("tedious" is the best euphemism I could think of ... it's a family blog, after all.)  With all that said, I have to admit my inspiration for this fantastic [...]

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