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Simple? Yes, it is. But as I’m telling myself, you have to conquer the basic before you can get to the complex. This salad is so good – America’s Test Kitchen does not mess around!  Lettuce (Spring Mix) Feta Cheese (Crumbled) Red Onion – diced Roasted Red Peppers (Jarred are fine) Black Olives ( I omitted these, cause gross) Diced tomatoes Olive Oil Salt Pepper Oregano Parsley Lemon Juice Put the salad together as you would. Dice the onion, mix it in with the olive oil and lemon juice, add the oregano, salt and pepper and you’re good to go.…

Having a terrible cold does not bode well for cooking. My palate felt off, I was congested, but somehow I still wanted to cook. I pulled open the cookbook and risotto was on the list which was perfect because the weather outside was dreary and rainy and a warm risotto sounded just brilliant. Normally, I make parmesan truffle risotto so this one was outside my comfort level. Using green onion, leeks, parsley, mint and lemon zest, this was a very “Spring” risotto but tasted great in the fall. Making the gremolata, I chopped up parsley, mint and lemon zest and…

Things were going too well. Everything has been tasting great, no major mishaps so it was likely that it couldn’t last forever. This is the tale of how 3.5 hours of work was ruined in 3.5 seconds. I love cooking on Sundays the most. The joy of having a leisurely day and all the time in the world to spend in the kitchen makes me happy. This particular day, we were a bit busy but I knew I would be making Chicken Provençal for dinner and I was giddy with anticipation. This is a French dish that I had wanted…

I first had this dish last year when we had a soup and chili cookout at work, and while I’m not sure this dish would fall in either category (it is a category all its own), someone brought it in with spices bought in New Orleans and damn, it was delicious. I love shrimp and enjoy trying to find new ways in which to use it. A pescetarian by nature, shrimp could be my main source of protein. Why I had never come across this dish boggled my mind and made me question my self-appointed “foodie” status; I think as…

Spaghetti a la Vodka. Adding alcohol to food? I’ve been doing it for years. Weirdly, I had never made this pasta sauce which is such a classic. Coming home from a long day at work, I admit, I wasn’t as thrilled to cook this sauce as I had started out being that morning. It was seven o’clock before I even got started and I was on my way to being very hungry.  Being prepared for a project such as this is absolutely key. I had already bought all the ingredients for the week so preparing my mise en place went quickly.…

Still sick here. Still congested. Maybe my body knew I would be ill last week when I came up with this week’s menu but I’m grateful that I had all the ingredients to make this delicious dish. I love curries anytime of year but especially in the colder months and even more when I’m under the weather. There’s nothing better to clear my sinuses than a mildly spicy (I’m kind of a wimp) curry to warm me to my toes. I have made Thai curries but never a deep aromatic Indian one. While they can be intimidating, this one was easy…

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that Roast Chicken is one of the first dishes I made back when I started this thing over a year ago. While I don’t eat meat very often, I do love the tender, juicy flavors of a slow-roasted chicken, especially so on a Sunday spent with family and friends. This time was different as it was the first time I made one a la Jacques Pepin. Jacques Pepin has a fool-proof method for roasting chicken, including a lovely sauce to glaze it with. I ended up doubling the recipe and made two chickens…

chickenveronique

As I’ve written about my love affair with coffee, my love affair with wine also began in Spain and has gone on strong ever since. I have visited many a winery in Spain and the South of France where I drank in the knowledge like the fine wine it was. The land full of history, the families who lived in Provence for generations upon generations and their history is planted in that land and bottled up for all to experience. You Will Be My Son is as complex as a bottle of vintage Bordeaux. It begins, like a tasting, soft…

Tomato soup French

Winter has arrived, at least here in Kansas City. The chill in the air has me bundled up inside wanting nothing more than to create wanderful recipes for you! Today I was craving something I could make in a cast iron dish, a recent purchase and most likely the start of a new obsession. I settled for something familiar, something warm, something French, yet Spanish inspired. As a mostly vegetarian, let’s call it chicken-atarian, I had difficulties with the cuisine in Catalonia. It is centered around meat. Beef and pork, sausages-you name it, they find a way to add it to…

SavoryCrepe

The film this week is a risqué one. A young seventeen year old beauty discovers her sexuality-then sells it. Taking place in France, Isabelle lives a second life.  The story progresses nicely as it takes place over four seasons. Beginning with summer where she loses her virginity to a German guy while on holiday, autumn comes next with her beginning her business and so on. She develops a clientele and manages to meet a number of suitors but none like Georges, a much older man who begins to mean much more than just a few hundred euros. The film, ‘Jeune…