Traditional

Basil pesto

Basil pesto

Basil pesto. Made from fresh basil leaves, this aromatic classic Italian sauce is a perfect accompaniment to pasta, bread, salad, risotto, pizza, rice noodles. There is so much you can do with it. I always keep a batch of it in my fridge. Get the Recipe: Basil pesto

Aubergine Chickpea Curry

Aubergine Chickpea Curry

a hearty, protein rich, healthy curry. cooked as an accompaniment to a meal with Indian flat breads or even hot rice Get the Recipe: Aubergine Chickpea Curry

Classic Vegetable Cheese Pizza

Classic Vegetable Cheese Pizza

Pizza or Pittsa, what Italians called it, has bowled over the whole world with bready, cheesy and spicy flavors. The origins of Pizza can be traced back to Romans, when they baked flat bread called Focaccia(see recipe here) and called it Picea, yes you read it write Focaccia is the inspiration for Pizza. The modern day Pizza has it’s roots in Naples, Italy and in the honor of Queen Margherita, the famo…

Stuffed Sirloin with Spinach & Bacon

Stuffed Sirloin with Spinach & Bacon

A delicious, fantastic twist on cooking sirloin. Ingredients: 8 slices bacon, sliced into small pieces 1 small onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1 tbsp chopped thyme 8 oz fresh baby spinach 4 oz cream cheese 3/4 c Italian seasoned dried breadcrumbs 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 2 lb beef sirloin tip roast 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil Parmesan Quinoa: 1 12oz…

Roast Chicken with Brown Sauce

Roast Chicken with Brown Sauce

We are what we repeatedly do. [Barbecue], then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle* Even though this recipe isn’t a barbeque let’s start with a short history lesson, the word barbecue has attracted several inaccurate origins from folk etymology. The word is derived from the French language, the story goes that French visitors to the Caribbean saw a goat being cooked whole and described the meth…

 Christmas Fruitcake

Christmas Fruitcake

Fruitcake dates back to the Roman times and in the 1400′s the British began their love affair with fruitcake when dried fruits from the Mediterranean first arrived. This cake was generally served at weddings – the dark cake was given out as the groom’s cake and the white fruitcake was the bride’s. It was the custom in England for unmarried wedding guests to put a slice of the cake (…

Cast Iron Roasted Cumin Chicken (with roasted cauliflower)

Cast Iron Roasted Cumin Chicken (with roasted cauliflower)

So Niki (who has a lot of recipes here, but you can find her at her own blog, Life in Recipes), has been raving about her oh so easy and tasty discovery of Cast Iron Skillet Chicken.  So, I decided to try it out, and then of course post about it, and steal her thunder, muhahahahah!!  OK.  Kidding.  I am going to post about it though.  And add my own little twist. Hardware: 12 inch iron skillet Software: So you basic…

Mama's Banana Bread

Mama’s Banana Bread

This is my mom’s recipe that has been passed down to me! It’s not too dense or too light and is just right! From the original site: Ah, mom’s banana bread recipe. What could taste any better than a childhood item baked by your mom? While I’m no banana bread expert, I’ve tried to make her recipes a couple times and for the most part, did okay with it. Get the Recipe: Mama’s Banana Bread

Bing Cherry Jam

Bing Cherry Jam

Bing cherries are in season, and this easy jam makes great use of them! It’s from American’s most decorated home canner, so you can have complete confidence in the recipe. From the original site: When Linda Amendt hands you a jar of jam, you do a silent little dance, because you know it’s going to be the best version of that kind of jam you ever had. Get the Recipe: Bing Cherry Jam

How to Freeze Greens

How to Freeze Greens

Welcome again to Jennifer Locklin of Jane Deere!  For the second in her “Techniques” series, she brings us all the info we’d need to freeze greens for future use.  This swiss chard she’s working with here is just lovely.. she’s lucky enough to have grown her own, but you could of course use greens from your local farmers market or CSA box, if you’re thumb isn’t quite so green…

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