Category Sides and Salads

Libra Lentil Salad

I realized last October that I have a bevy of Libra friends. From late September until late October, it is a birthday bonanza and I only celebrate about half of them. I mean really…as hard as I try, I can only fit so many parties into one month. This year, I decided to honor a […]

Julia’s Scalloped Potatoes

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal last month that got my blood boiling. I’ve tried to let it go but it keeps coming back to my mind so I have decided to speak that mind. The author was spouting off about Julia Child’s complicated recipes and his dinners with her, specifically one dinner, when […]

Paleo Carrot Banana Muffins

Some recipes just work. Maybe it’s because you are comfortable with the ingredients, or the results satisfy your taste buds in some kind of a primal way that is rarely achieved, or maybe you were in a good mood the first time you tried it.  Whatever the reason or reasons, some recipes strike the right […]

Frances’ Summer Tomato Soup

Just when you think you have plenty of amazing and interesting friends in your life, someone comes along and knocks your socks off.  My new friend Frances would have thrown out some hilarious Southern phrase instead of saying “knocks your socks off” but I can’t remember a single one she uses, even though she has […]

Manuel’s Baked Chile Rellanos

Manuel’s restaurant resides firmly in my memory as being nothing short of genius. It was a clean, modern, hip restaurant with neon signage, concrete floors, black booths and cloth napkins in the days when Mexican restaurants were styled with red and green flags and usually adorned with the smell of refried beans and slightly rancid oil. […]

Foolproof Favorites From Famous Chefs: Lemon Curd

Lemons, lemons, lemons.  I’ve got so many lemons! I have always loved the smell of lemon, and all citrus for that matter.  When I was a young girl, there was a lotion in a tall thin glass bottle that was the scent of lemon.  It was $2 a bottle, and I was too young to […]

Pamela’s Clam Dip

My friend Pamela is a old-fashioned girl with a modern twist. She loves tradition and history and longevity of friendships, but she knows how to jazz things up to make them seem fresh and new and interesting.  There is always fun to be had when Pam is around! You can see just how much fun […]