chicken & noodle larb

Larb – one of my all-time favorite salads. Originating in Laos, larb is vibrant & lively. A delicious, exciting salad of ground chicken, lots of garlic, fiery chilies, noodles, peanuts, crunchy bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, lime juice & fish sauce – all ingredients typical to Southeast Asian cuisine. Not always served with noodles, I think…  [Read More]

vietnamese pork & herb noodle salad

For most of the country, thinking about sitting down to a fresh, vibrant salad is probably the furthest thing from everyone’s minds right now, especially with so much of the country under snow. I know it’s only January but I’m eager to be cooking summery food (I’m not eager for the hideous Florida heat though).…  [Read More]

sticky pork & pear stir-fry

Pork pairs beautifully with fruit – fresh & dried: Apples, grapes, raisins, apricots, prunes, peaches & today…pears. A few weeks ago I won a lovely box of pears from the terrific people at Northwest US pears. They chose my honey thyme roasted parsnip & pears recipe as a winner in a competition they were having on Instagram. Exciting! Even…  [Read More]

lemony chicken sausage & spinach pasta – gluten-free

It’s rained all weekend here in sunny, steamy Florida. I love the rain. There’s something cozy & comforting about rainy days. Plus I find then very productive: I concentrate better & enjoy knuckling down getting things done when it’s gloomy out. It was this stormy weather that prompted me to whip up a scrummy pasta dish for lunch.…  [Read More]

no-cook vietnamese cellophane noodle salad

It’s hot & you don’t want to cook but you want something nutritious that’s also quick & easy, that isn’t take-out…enter this simple, crunchy, healthy, easy, yummy noodle salad. Yes, it’s all of those things. If you can boil water then you can whip-up this salad. That’s about as hard as it gets – boiling water to soak…  [Read More]

grilled veggie gluten-free pasta salad

Pasta salads. They’ve never been my thing…until now. Instead of a thick, creamy dressing common to most pasta salads, I opted for a balsamic, basil & parmesan dressing with some sambal oelek (chili paste) for a little heat. The results were delish, making this a perfect salad for a relaxing summer barbie. What makes this salad…  [Read More]

lemon & herb butter calamari, the UK & a niece

When I think calamari I think Italian – garlic, wine, lemon & fresh herbs…some olive oil…some butter all working cohesively in a hot, cast-iron pan to flavor & cook to perfection the delicate calamari, that’s then tossed through al dente homemade pasta with some spring peas thrown in for color & sweetness. That’s how I imagined the calamari…  [Read More]

one pan roasted autumn wild rice with squash

Nothing is organized for dinner tonight. Although we could have breakfast for dinner – bacon, eggs and maybe pancakes too. I’m still craving eggs from what was to be my breakfast very early today. At five this morning I cooked two eggs, had one bite of their buttery goodness, put the plate on the bed…  [Read More]

pork and mushroom rice noodles

I was going to go for a swim but now it’s pouring with rain. All day it’s been sunny and hot, now it’s a deluge. I’m not complaining, I enjoy a storm after a long hot day. With the heat and humidity back again today I feel like we should be eating salad for dinner…  [Read More]

better than take out shrimp fried rice

As I’m siting here writing this I’m scarfing down leftovers from last night’s dinner my husband made – hamburgers. They were sensational.  There’s two patties in the dish topped with sliced jalapenos and cheese he put in the fridge last night for us to eat today. The plan was to eat just one and leave…  [Read More]

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