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…

Forgiveness Is Freedom

Forgiveness is freedom. It’s the greatest gift you can give yourself. You will be free of resentment, bitterness, and anger and free to live and love fully again. Forgiveness is simply accepting what happened in the past and not letting it destroy your present. It’s a beautiful thing. Some people struggle with forgiveness. They want…

Funerals Are for the Living

Though my 83-year-old neighbor was a gregarious man, his funeral was sparsely attended. Maybe several dozen people were there – and many of those were family. They sat in the first three rows. The next 10 or so rows were empty. I sat in the back, along with some of my neighbor’s elderly friends. I…

Being a Good Father Takes Time

Being a good father is really simple. It doesn’t take a lot of money. Nor does it take a lot of practice. But it does take time. The time a dad spends with his kids is far more valuable than most anything he could buy them. Kids are wiser than we think – especially teens….

The Art of the Thank-You Note

The thank-you note is as archaic as black-and-white televisions and vacuuming with your pearls on. Yet we all know that receiving a thoughtful, hand-written note of gratitude in the mail is far more rewarding than receiving a text or an email. And it’s way sure better than not having a gift acknowledged at all. In the…