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Carrot Salad

April 24, 2008

  With the great weather we are having I am even more anxious to eat food that tastes of summer. This recipe for carrot salad is a standby that is available everywhere in France. It is so simple and fresh tasting that it is hard to believe it has not yet become a staple in the States. It can be […]

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Green Salad and Dressing

April 14, 2008

As spring approaches I long for the tastes that remind me that the bounty of summer is on its way. Even though I eat it all year long, green salad is the perfect place to start adding what spring has to offer. It’s also the one thing I always have ready in my kitchen.b A good salad and salad dressing […]

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The Perfect Mustard to go with the Spiral Cut Ham

April 10, 2008

A spicy, sweet mustard is the perfect compliment to the flavor of this ham. As it turns out, the company that offers the perfect ham is not the company that makes the best mustard to go with it. Since I was ordering the spiral cut ham from Harrington of Vermont I ordered their mustard. That was a mistake. It was […]

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The Star of the Party – Kale!

April 07, 2008

My French cousins are coming for Sunday lunch and I’m thrilled to have them in my home. They haven’t come to the United States in so long that I actually can’t remember when the last time was. For me, this visit is a big deal. What to cook? Nothing French, that seems obvious. Something they are not used to eating […]

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Spinach and Egg: A Ten-Minute Dinner

March 30, 2008

A night alone is the perfect time to make one of my favorite meals – creamed spinach and fried eggs. This is not a dinner I would make for my family, because they don’t like spinach. I find that hard to understand. I first had this combination as a child. My mother would take me shopping and we would have […]

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Tea from China

March 25, 2008

  Recently I was invited to have lunch with four women. All of us were born in different countries. That’s not that unusual, but it was an interesting idea for a gathering. The other thing we had in common was a passing acquaintance with our hostess. She was a tall woman, whose charm made you feel at ease and glad […]

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Soap and Guest Towel: Ways to keep green I can live with

March 20, 2008

Keeping green is now a nagging thought at the back of my mind. When I see something I know is a waste, I start thinking about how to replace it with something that is environmentally friendly. My latest quandary is guest towels. My choices are paper towels, which are far too wasteful, and cotton towels. I love the Swiss dot […]

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Good Food: Chicken That Tastes Good

March 18, 2008

I thought that I had grown to dislike chicken. The taste is never what I remember, the meat is fatty and frankly flavorless. No matter how I prepare it or what brand I buy, it is just not good. I’d concluded that I just didn’t like the taste of it anymore until I went on vacation with my family to […]

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The Coffee Shop Grilled Cheese

March 12, 2008

I was sorting through a stack of old photos when a picture of my father reminded me of the time I decided to surprise him at work. “How about lunch?” I ask “It’ll have to be quick I have an appointment later.” he replies. This was impromptu; I was happy with what I could get. As we go down the […]

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Oven Baked Tomatoes

March 11, 2008

A note to readers – I’m delighted to be blogging again! I had a false start with some technical difficulties and a lot to learn. I will be posting regularly, so use the RSS feed, email notification or bookmark the link. I look forward to reading your comments. Even though summer is long gone I haven’t stopped wanting those great […]

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Finally a pan that is better then advertised!

December 20, 2007

I bought a grill pan about a year ago, but only fell in love recently. The idea of being able to grill inside had gotten my attention, but it was the aluminum version that I found worth experimenting with. When I purchased it I thought I would use it on my stove top for grilling meats or use the smooth […]

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