Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli & Pine Nuts

A late meeting forced a late dinner this evening – and I didn’t feel like spending a long time cooking. So I threw together this quick chicken and pasta dish that’s surprisingly fresh and flavorful. Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli & Pine Nuts 1 package angel hair pasta 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 2…

Czech Apple Strudel

The recipe for this Old World delicacy has been in my family for more than 150 years. Like many dishes our grandmothers prepared, it’s labor intensive but worth every bit of effort. Czech Apple Strudel is a stunning, memorable dessert, made with fresh apples and a stretchable dough. It takes patience to get the dough…

Blackberry Pancakes

Plain pancakes make a great weekend breakfast, but adding fresh fruit to the batter makes them even tastier – and a bit healthier, too. These Blackberry Pancakes are a perfect mix of tart and sweet to start your day off just right.  Blackberry Pancakes 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp baking powder 1 cup sugar…

Chipotle Cole Slaw

Here’s a quick and easy topping for tacos with a Mexican flare. Cabbage is a great complement to beef and brisket, so the next time you make tacos, consider ditching the lettuce and tomato for a little cole slaw with a kick. Chipotle Cole Slaw 1 head of cabbage, chopped (or a small bag of…

Salvadoran Rice

When I lived on the Texas-Mexico border, my dear friend taught me how to make Spanish-style rice from her home country – El Salvador. Like traditional Mexican rice, this dish complements Mexican food like tacos and enchiladas very well. Salvadoran rice differs, however, from the El Chico mainstay in that it has no tomatoes or…

Wicked Good Mashed Potatoes

Of the thousands of dishes I’ve prepared, this one is my most requested. It’s my go-to for potluck dinners, team meals, and any large gathering – and folks always ask for the recipe. These mashed potatoes are addictive. I hardly ever have leftovers. They’re rich and creamy – with a little kick from roasted Hatch…

Tortellini alla Panna

Way back in the 80s when I went to college in Rome (Italy), rather than having class in a traditional classroom, we studied on site at famous places like the Colosseum or the Imperial Forum. Then we’d break for lunch to eat a local trattoria. My husband – who was then my fiancé – would…

Blood Orange Scones with Blood Orange Glaze

I didn’t know anything about scones until I was an adult and started cooking regularly. For those of you who don’t know, scones are a British version of American biscuits. They’re just as easy to make, but they’re generally not cut with a biscuit cutter. In this version, the dough is formed into a wheel…

Blood Orange Banana Bread with Blood Orange Glaze

This might be the best banana bread I’ve ever made. I had both super-ripe bananas and a plethora of blood oranges to use up, so I concocted this little gem. Quick, easy, and ridiculously full of bright fresh flavor. Blood Orange Banana Bread with Blood Orange Glaze For the banana bread: ½ c. butter, softened…

Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts & Currants

Sometimes a little jazzed-up rice goes better with a meal than plain white rice – especially if there’s no fancy sauce with the entree. Here’s a tasty rice side dish with Arabic flavors that pairs nicely with baked chicken or fish. It has an elegant presentation, so it’s perfect for serving when you’ve got guests….

Treating the Flu with Homemade Chicken Soup

With schools canceling classes and off-the-chart hospital admissions all across the nation, Winter 2018 has been tough on families because of the flu. Sometimes bed rest and a good pot of soup are what the body needs most. Here’s a recipe for flavorful chicken soup to help warm you up. Homemade Chicken Soup For the…