I’ve been looking at a recipe for creamy crab bisque nearly four years. I figured it was finally time to either test it or get rid of it. Guess which one I chose? Continue reading
Unofficially, summer is over. Labor Day has come and gone and kids are back in school. Soon enough, the leaves will start changing color and carpet our lawn as they fall from the trees. We will shut off our A/C, open the windows wide, and enjoy crisp cool evenings. Until then though, that A/C is running. Continue reading
It would seem illogical to crank up the oven in the middle of summer. But the application of intense heat can transform simple summer staples into oven roasted nirvana. Got a bumper crop of tomatoes? Tired of gazapcho? Break out the sheet pan and turn the oven on. In one afternoon, you can work some magic of your own. The oven does all the hard work, leaving you free to spend a few hours doing something you REALLY enjoy, not standing in front of a hot box. And really, isn’t that delicious? Continue reading
This past weekend saw more kitchen action as I hosted a small brunch. Not sure which I enjoyed more…the food or the time with friends. The combination of good food and good friends is always a winner.
We dined on:
Butternut Squash Soup
Mixed Green Salad with Carrot Ginger Soy Dressing (this is similar to the dressing that comes on your salad in a Japanese restaurant…yum)
The food was easy to pull together in advance. Try it yourself, you’ll see.
To celebrate the kitchen finally being functional enough to use, I swept the dust bunnies under the sofa, cleared off the dining room table, and invited a friend over for supper. Make no mistake, the work isn’t done and the house is still all torn apart but after weeks of frozen meals and take out, I was ready to cook.
I wanted something familiar, something comfortable, something that no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t really mess up. The first full meal cooked in the new kitchen was:
Chunky Mushroom Soup
Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Chicken and Avacado
Raspberry and Mango Crisp