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Strawberry and Rhubarb Streusel Pie

It’s Definitely Spring When Rhubarb Shows Up At The Market. I had been wanting a strawberry rhubarb pie for quite awhile and when rhubarb finally showed up at my market I knew that Spring had arrived and I jumped on it. Got home and went right to work on a pie. Well, that first attempt […]

Bacon-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms On Bitter Greens

Talk About a Great Main Course Salad Meal! Lots of bacon. That’s what happened here. I started out by cooking 10 slices of bacon, but I wasn’t sure I’d use all of it. Really? Who was I kidding? It ended up being the perfect amount of bacon. No big surprise there. I haven’t made stuffed […]

Cheddar Crust Apple Crostata

I Don’t Think It Can Get Any Better Than This! I love it when I get this excited about a recipe. Throughout the years, I’ve tried various recipes for apple pie/galette/crostata with cheddar cheese in the crust and I have never been satisfied. I see no reason to add cheese to the crust if you […]

Pineberry Tart with Pineapple Curd

It’s So Exciting to Discover a Beautiful New Fruit! I don’t know if you’ve seen these pineberries in your markets, but I’ve occasionally seen them around for a year or so and I finally couldn’t resist trying them out. They are a hybrid of regular Florida strawberries and Japanese white strawberries. As you can see, […]

Sausage, Bean, and Escarole Bake

The Flavors of White Beans, Italian Sausage, and Greens Hardly Need Anything Else in Order to Shine. Escarole and beans is a classic dish for a reason. It’s one of those ultimate comfort foods. The bitter flavor of the greens mellows completely when they’re braised with the beans. I had a taste for it, but […]

French Toast

What’s For Brunch? French Toast with a Secret Ingredient. Hello, friends!  It’s been awhile. I optimistically hoped I’d be up and running a few weeks after moving, but it turned into a couple of months. I’m happy to say my kitchen renovation in my new house was completed 2 days before Christmas and I’m ready […]

Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake

Roasted Strawberries Ensure This is Packed Full of Berry Flavor! I’ve tried my hand at making a strawberry sheet cake and wasn’t at all satisfied with the result. The strawberry flavor didn’t transfer well. It had a dullness to it that didn’t strike me as particularly delicious. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.  Then […]

Rice Pudding with Nectarines and Amaretto

Rice Pudding with Nectarines and Amaretto

Perfect for Summer – Ice Cold and Creamy Rice Pudding. This came about because I made a mistake. I really don’t know how it happened, but I ended up having 25 pounds of Homai Calrose medium grain sushi rice delivered in my last Costco order. I remember looking at it awhile ago, but have no […]

Red Fruit Salad with Lime and Chili Syrup

Here’s a Salad That Will Spark Up Any Meal! When fruits are at their peak, I don’t think you need to do a lot in order to enjoy them at their best. I love to serve them as salads and when I do, I keep everything else very simple. A grilled piece of meat or […]

Kimchi-Inspired Perilla Leaves

These Marinated Herbal Leaves Really Elevate a Plain Bowl of Rice. I don’t know if you’ve ever tasted perilla leaves. They’re big leaves that taste similar to mint and basil, but have a decidedly more intense and grassy flavor that also reminds me of deeply flavored spices. I bought these for the first time a […]