Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~

  A Gratin is a culinary technique in which a casserole recipe is topped with a browned crust, from breadcrumbs, grated cheese, sometimes eggs and or butter. Gratin originated in French cuisine, and is usually prepared in a shallow cooking vessel. The flavors are rich and delicious. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus additional for preparingContinue reading “Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~”

Making Fresh Pasta at Home

Sixteen years ago I designed a cooking school for kids with my then, 6 and 8-year-old daughters. They named it: Kids Culinary Adventures- where math, reading, science and art mix with kids. Although I’ve retired from teaching hands-on to children- and both my kids grew up and onto college. I do continue to food coach parents onContinue reading “Making Fresh Pasta at Home”

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage and a Chestnut Cream. Oh yeah! 

‘Tis the season! Old world Gnocchi made from sweet potatoes, paired with the crunchness of fried chestnut and sage. Delicious. I’ve also bumped up the flavor profile by serving it in a pool of brown butter chestnut cream sauce made with wholesome nut milk — this recipe is heartwarming belly satisfying!  A bit of work,Continue reading “Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage and a Chestnut Cream. Oh yeah! “

Pumpkin Spiced FlapJacks with Bacon Maple Butter

This recipe is best when made with fresh pumpkin puree. Pancakes won’t be so orange and the batter will result in a lighter, fluffier pancake. If pumpkins are not in season, or you are rushed for time– it’s fine to use canned pumpkin. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour or, all purpose flour orContinue reading “Pumpkin Spiced FlapJacks with Bacon Maple Butter”

Boeuf Bourguignon. A must have cold-weather food classic. My adaption from Julia Child’s recipe in, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

A wonderful dish, raising simple “old world ” peasants stew- to a complex, full body depth; capable of transcending you to your comfortable warm happy place! A bit time consuming– but worth every moment and hopefully, it won’t take you as long to cook it, as long as it took me to write it! JustContinue reading “Boeuf Bourguignon. A must have cold-weather food classic. My adaption from Julia Child’s recipe in, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.””

French Onion Soup, from an Italian Nona’s Kitchen! 

Ingredients:  4-6 Tablespoons unsalted cold butter, divided 12 yellow onions. Peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch rings 1 Tablespoons good quality olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 -1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 6-8 cups the best quality, low-sodium beef broth 1 large bay leave 4 sprigs of fresh thyme 4 sprigs of fresh flatContinue reading “French Onion Soup, from an Italian Nona’s Kitchen! “

Spicy Gingered Chicken Bites, with Honey-Orange Glaze! 

These bite-sized appetizers own it! The flavor parings are a match made in food heaven – garlic, ginger, orange, and honey. Oooo yeah ! Perfect to carry off to a game day tailgate party!  Ingredients:  1/2 c local honey, warmed ever so slight  3 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger  2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice  1/4Continue reading “Spicy Gingered Chicken Bites, with Honey-Orange Glaze! “

Individual Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies, topped with Buttery Puff Pastry! Perfect Cold Weather Comfort Food!

Ingredients:  2 -3 Tablespoons flour, plus more for surface 1 pack frozen puff pastry, preferably all-butter, thawed 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 onion, diced 1 small carrot, peeled and thinly sliced into 1/4 inch pieces 1 large celery stalk, peeled and thinly sliced into 1/4 inch pieces 4 small Yukon Gold potato, scrubbed & cutContinue reading “Individual Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies, topped with Buttery Puff Pastry! Perfect Cold Weather Comfort Food!”

Time to Treat the Kids before they Trick You! Here is a Spook-tacular Recipe Sure to Get Everyone in the Holiday Spirit !  🐛 BBQ Worm SanWITCHes!

Make this meal the most frightening one of the year!  Ingredients: 1 package of organic turkey hotdogs or Hebrew Nationals- each cut lengthwise in 1/2 and 1/2’s cut into into 3 strips each 1/2 -1 cup barbecue sauce 4 slices real cheddar cheese, cut into quarters 1 Dozen mini slider hamburger buns, split, toasted. Directions:Continue reading “Time to Treat the Kids before they Trick You! Here is a Spook-tacular Recipe Sure to Get Everyone in the Holiday Spirit !  🐛 BBQ Worm SanWITCHes!”

Coq au Vin – French Comfort Food- A Rich and Historical Culinary Masterpiece!!

This dish though! < Big Sigh,>  Chicken cooked in a rich, velvety sauce, framed with smoky bacon & earthy flavors!  Various legends trace coq au vin to ancient Julius Caesar, but the recipe was not documented until the early 20th century when Julia Child featured coq au vin 1961- on PBS in the United States.TheContinue reading “Coq au Vin – French Comfort Food- A Rich and Historical Culinary Masterpiece!!”