Potato Soup with Milk and Honey Bread

March in New England is a fickle beast. Temperatures in the 60’s with sunshine one week and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow the next, (great book reading weather!) I just finished a great little novel by Jenna Woginrich. The $4.99 ebook is called Birchthorn.  It’s suspenseful with great characters and plot twists. There’s a scene in it where…

Minestrone Soup

The sun was shining this morning when we set out for the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. Three Red Trees, a school of natural living was holding a wildlife tracking class there. About a dozen people showed up for the monthly class, some with no knowledge of tracking while others held impressive qualifications. We bundled up and…

Homemade Pasta

I never knew making homemade pasta would be so easy. A couple of eggs, flour and your time is all that is required.   2 eggs and 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided Make a well with 1 cup of flour on a work surface and add eggs. Using your fingers, work the dough until it…

Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thanks to the Sandwich King, I have a new favorite sandwich. Who would have thought that cauliflower would make such a nice accompaniment to grilled cheese? Start by cutting the cleaned cauliflower into slices. Season them with salt and pepper. Add a bit of olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Flip them over…

Homemade Chinese Food – Wonton Soup and Chicken Fried Rice

Wonton Soup 32 oz. vegetable stock 32 oz. chicken stock 2 celery stocks 35 wonton wrappers 1/2 lb. ground pork or chicken 1 egg 2 green onions, chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce pinch of pepper pinch of ginger a couple bok choy leaves, chopped milk or egg for sealing edges of wonton Combine ground meat,…

Broccoli & Garlic Pasta

I’m always on the look out for a new family favorite. I really enjoyed this dish. Ethan thought it was too spicy and Thomas is not a huge fan of garlic. I guess this won’t be gracing our table as often as this or this, but I will be sure to make it for myself from…

Meat and Veggie Loaf

It’s been one of those rainy, lazy, sickly sort of days. Ethan may or may not have the flu. Everything else is irrelevant when he’s sick. We’ve been pushing the liquids. Lots of tea, water and ginger ale. Vernors, that is. Thomas had the priviledge of tasting Vernors Ginger Ale in North Carolina while visiting with some very gracious…

Venison Stew

Some people won’t eat venison simply because it’s deer meat. We conjure images of Bambi and just can’t comprehend using this beautiful creature as sustenance. The meat I used to make this wonderful stew was a living 160 lb. doe just two days ago. I received this harvest from a co-worker who is an avid hunter. He shot,…

The Meatball

The meatball was once a mystery to me. After many failed meatball meals, I have found the ingredients to make the best meatballs. They make a great sandwich as well as a steller pasta dish. The Meatball Recipe 1 lb. ground turkey 1 egg 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs 1 Tbs. grated parmesan cheese 1/4…

Inspired Chili

Like so many families, my parents divorced before I was old enough to remember them as a couple. The same holds true for my grandparents. My Gram remarried before I was old enough to know that “Grandpa” wasn’t my mother’s father. Of course, as I got older I was told this but he was and always will be,…

Homemade Pizza with chicken and broccoli

Like most kids, I loved pizza when I was growing up. My dad always made homemade pizza topped with ingredients like sausage and hamburg.  I was  fascinated with the idea of making your own pizza dough. I have tried over the years to make homemade pizza taste better than store bought but I have always come up…

Chicken Soup with Rice

My boy has gotten his first cold of the season. With the beginning of school a few weeks ago, I knew it wouldn’t be long before the sniffles and coughing started. One thing that is comforting when we’re sick is a steaming bowl of chicken soup. I make this particular recipe regularly in the winter as it’s an…