Category The Main Meal

Maureen’s Eggplant with Lamb, Tomato, and Pine Nuts

I have been checking my Amazon pre-order status for months in great anticipation of Maureen Abood’s new book, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. And then yesterday, it finally arrived! I feel like a new mother…so excited, so proud and so wanting to share the news with the world!  You would think I actually gave birth […]

Easter Engagements, Egg Hunts & Rack of Lamb

I’m feeling rather sorry for myself today. Not in a poor pitiful me kind of way…I am not bringing out the violins and expecting people to actually have pity on me. I’m feeling sorry for myself in a nostalgic kind of way, missing my kids and remembering the excitement of Easter and hiding the baskets […]

Remember Me with Enchiladas

Martha Stewart wrote a short article in her Martha Stewart Living Magazine this month. It was moving. It was real. It was heartbreaking. It reminded me of my brother Dave. Martha’s sister had died unexpected at age 59 and Martha wasn’t prepared. She said she had much more to say to her sister. I recognized that feeling. […]

Hamballs are not Paleo

I tried. I really did. But Hamballs are just not paleo. Hamball night is approaching and Hubby is so strict in his paleo diet that I decided I needed to start testing. I tried making them with almond flour. I tried leaving out the breadcrumbs. I even tried using gluten-free breadcrumbs to make them “kind […]

Shari’s Seinfeld Soup

Vegan.  Just the word makes me lose my appetite. I think bland, dull, fibrous and flavorless. But vegan has been infiltrating my world since 2012 so it is time to adjust. This infiltration of dietary restrictions was brought to my attention by a friend from book club who wrote an email to the group stating […]

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 […]

Poblano Chicken for Virginia

When I first met Virginia she was dressed as Mrs. Claus. She came with her friend Russell who was dressed as Santa, or Father Christmas as they call him in Australia where we were at the time.  The occasion was an annual black tie dinner for a group of about ten or twelve people. But […]