Holy Basil Chicken

Using a new herb from the garden and a great light summer meal. . . . → Read More: Holy Basil Chicken

Summer Orzo Salad

I have a couple of great aunts that are my idols.   Both are in their mid and upper 80s.    Both still live on their own and you truly need to get on their social calendars months in advance if you want to go to lunch with them.    Between bridge, church projects, volunteering, etc., they are . . . → Read More: Summer Orzo Salad

Blackberry Jam Dressing with Basil

The growing season is here.   Yeah!   I am ready for home grown veggies and fruit for salad.   Unfortunately, all I have harvested so far is carrots, beets and a bit of lettuce.    We did buy some peaches (allegedly from east Texas) during our recent trip to Houston.   We are trying to eat them all but . . . → Read More: Blackberry Jam Dressing with Basil

Pizza OCD: Bruschetta Pizza

My husband remembers a pizza parlor in his hometown that would place a chunky tomato sauce on top of the pizza. (It was a My Pi.  I think some are still opened in the Chicago area—far from Tulsa where it used to be a teen hangout.)

He raves about it, but alas, the parlor has . . . → Read More: Pizza OCD: Bruschetta Pizza

More OCD Revisited: Pappa al Pomodoro

I adapted this recipe from A Table in Tuscany by Leslie Forbes.  I bought this cookbook on the bargain rack at a local bookstore MANY years ago.  I think I actually bought two and gave one to my best friend  as a gift.  (We both dream about traveling and/or living in Tuscany one day!)

I . . . → Read More: More OCD Revisited: Pappa al Pomodoro

Spicy Thai Noodle Salad with Raw Veggies

This is a great salad thanks to Jen at Juanita’s Cocina. I used some radishes and green onions from the garden and some basil from the green house. . . . → Read More: Spicy Thai Noodle Salad with Raw Veggies

Comfort Food: Pasta with Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Beans

What to make for dinner? Pasta is always my answer. . . . → Read More: Comfort Food: Pasta with Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Beans

Four Cheese Manicotti with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I am done with gifts. Today I wanted to use one of my Christmas presents, a new baking dish. . . . → Read More: Four Cheese Manicotti with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella Roulade with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

The latest foodie challenge from the hubby. He heard about this dish and explained it to me in glowing terms. This is what we came up with. . . . → Read More: Fresh Mozzarella Roulade with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

As promised—a watermelon cocktail

Celebrating (or mourning) the end of summer with Watermelon ‘Ritas. . . . → Read More: As promised—a watermelon cocktail

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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