The Cotswolds

We flew in early this morning on a red eye flight straight from Denver and got a rental car in a blur to drive to Oxford, England.  We stopped at Cafe CoCo there to have our first [of many] basic English breakfast: grilled tomato, baked beans, eggs, potatoes, mushrooms, and toast (opting out of the…

Dinner and Dessert

Caramel Apple Muffins 10-12 apples 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided Peel and finely chop apples to equal a heaping 3.5 cups….

North African Egg Dish

Green Shakshuka 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1 large celery stalk, sliced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 bunch of Swiss chard, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons 1 cup spinach (tightly packed) 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 4 large eggs Salt and…

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan with Nitro

Make sure to saute some onions and garlic to incorporate into the homemade tomato sauce!  I like a thicker sauce, so this doesn’t get watery.  Finished the dish with cherry tomatoes and arugula to get in some fresh greens and juicy tomatoes  Nitro with “The Mustache”

Boulder and Brews

After our hike up in Nederland, we picked up Frank in Boulder and check out the new Avery Brewing Company.  I love Frank’s house, especially his heated pool and his dog Hazel (she appreciates the pool as well).  He offered to share his local beer collection too!  After one post hike beer and collecting all…

Back in Big D

I had a blast with my good friends gathering for this happy hour reunion at Parliament.  It couldn’t have gone better than this and everyone showed up just to see me!  I sure missed these guys but not particularly the Dallas lifestyle. LauraAndyChristina By night… With the full work day, 4 hour drive, and partying since 5pm,…

Creamy Lobster Mac n Cheese

My first time preparing lobster was a complete success!  I cut the top of the shell to release the meat and broiled this guy with a little butter and crushed garlic for about 4-6 minutes. Then I added it to my homemade white mac n cheese.  I love these Cavatappi noodles as they make the…

Eat in NOLA 

Muriel’s serves “classic creole with old world elegance” and is located in the middle of all the action in Jackson Square. We started with Pimm’s cup and a bottle wine.A delicious fried green tomato-arugula appetizer We finally got up early enough to score a table at EAT also located in the French Quarter just a couple…

Cabin Cooking

Here’s our apéritif filled with pickles, olives, honeyed figs, grape tomatoes, Triscuits, feta and cheddars, and some Greek specialties. This is my layered vegetarian Italian casserole. Zucchini Delight Elbow macaroni (cooked al dente) Zucchini Shallot Garlic Cottage cheese Ricotta Parmesan Italian seasoning Salt and pepper Olive oil Vinegar grape tomatoes Red pepper flakes optional to…

A Colorful Palate

What a deliciously healthy meal made fresh from the local farmers’ market! Garlic roasted potatoes, beets, carrots… ..with honey goat cheese and fresh tomatoes I served this with zucchini and onions cooked on the stove in butter with Herb de Provence.  I learned to cook these vegetables Provençale style from my lovely French friend Stephane. Thanks to…

Sunday Night Special

His plate: -Pork steak (chop) with a garlic pepper rub -Creamy cheese grits with sautéed Cremini mushrooms -Salad with ginger garlic lime vinaigrette Her plate: -Tuna Steak with a ginger garlic pepper rub -Creamy cheese grits with sautéed Cremini mushrooms -Salad with ginger garlic lime vinaigrette Ginger Vinaigrette Fresh ginger or ginger powder to taste Freshly squeezed…

Risotto and Blueberry Tart

Veggie White Wine Risotto carrots onions zucchini garlic butter Parmesan Vegetable broth Sauvignon Blanc white wine–some for cooking but most for enjoying while cooking! Italian herbs salt and pepper Saute chopped carrots, onions, garlic, zucchini in butter with choice of Italian herbs and salt & pepper.  After the flavors start to marry, add risotto and…