Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

In Italy, “piccata” is a method of preparing meat (typically veal) – the meat is sliced thinly or butterflied, tenderized, dredged in flour and cooked, then served in a sauce made from deglazed pan drippings.  Here in the USA, the most well known version of this Italian dish is made with chicken and is served [...]

Homemade Refrigerator Pickles: Spicy Dill & Garlic Cucumber

Homemade pickles

I love pickles…. especially the salty and sour kind!  Kosher dill pickles, cornichons, giardineira, Japanese umeboshi… they’re all good.  If you like pickles too, they are quite easy to make – simple refrigerator pickles can be made to taste (you can make them with all kinds of flavors and spices… whatever you like), and are [...]

17 ideas to use up leftover Halloween Pumpkin Jack O’lanterns

Leftover Jack O'Lanterns

Happy Halloween everyone!  Halloween has always been my favorite holiday… why?  I think it had something to do with all the candy!  I also like the fun surrounding it – being creative with pumpkins, and coming up with new treats to use up the leftovers.  Pumpkin is food, and I don’t like to waste it! [...]

Potato Leek Soup

Homemade Potato Leek Soup

Here’s a hearty fall soup recipe to warm you up… Potato Leek Soup!  It’s quite simple to make because there are only 2 main ingredients: potatoes and leeks (plus stuff you probably already have in the pantry).  From start to finish, this soup is usually done in less than 30 minutes, so it makes a [...]

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans: Healthy Fall Snacks

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans

Now that Halloween is approaching, store shelves are filled with all kinds of sugary candies and chocolates. (There is a reason why this is my favorite time of year…)  I love chocolate… but right now I’m trying to be a little bit more healthy and not indulge in candy/chocolate ALL of the time.  (Moderation!)  I [...]

Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake

Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake

At home, I have this old beat up bundt pan from the 1980′s – it has dents all over, and the inside is really scratched up.  Despite the condition of the pan, it was one of my favorites… mainly because it’s one of the first cake pans I used when I learned how to bake [...]

Steak Diane

Steak Diane

Steak Diane was a popular American dish back in the mid to late 20th century.  This was a pan-fried steak (often prepared tableside) served in a sauce made of pan-juices and flambéed with brandy or cognac.  These days, you don’t see Steak Diane on many restaurant menus… but it remains a delicious way to prepare [...]

Homemade Fresh Guava Jam

Homemade Fresh Guava Jam

Last week, some friends gave us a bag of guavas from their backyard tree.  The guavas were perfectly ripe, and very fragrant… Great timing, as I was planning to make some fall jams and jellies to give away during the holidays! While some guava jam recipes don’t call for added pectin… I think it’s a [...]

Simple Ratatouille (French Provençal Vegetable Stew)

Ratatouille (Mediterranean Vegetable Stew)

Although it is now officially “autumn”, the tomato plants in my garden must not have gotten the memo…. a few days ago, I had a ton of tomatoes sitting on the counter and I wasn’t sure what to do with them.  When my farm box arrived (it’s a once a month service that delivers produce [...]

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (and Syrup Recipe)


Last week, I saw that Pumpkin Spice Latte season (at Starbucks) officially started!  This is probably my most favorite hot fall beverage, and I look forward to it every year.  But every year, the PSL comes and goes… and we only have a short window of time to enjoy it.  :(  So last year, thinking [...]