Hints-of-the-Mediterranean Braised Lamb

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

I know we’ve talked about this before…I am a dyed-in-the-wool lamb lover.  It’s special and it’s delicious.  Lamb tends to be a bit more expensive than beef or pork, but shoulder chops are an economical option.  They can be fried quickly, but braising them really develops some lovely flavors.  Continue reading

Greek-Style Roasted Potatoes

Tags

, , , , ,

I’ve never met a potato that I didn’t love.  Potato versatility is, without a doubt, endless.  But, what the Greeks do with potatoes, is heavenly. These are the perfect side dish.  And on a busy day, they go together so quickly, you can easily make them for dinner.  They are perfect with a nice lemony, roasted chicken.  Or better yet, buy a supermarket roasted chicken.  Sometimes life just needs to be that easy.  Continue reading

Caponata with a Twist

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Caponata is incredibly delicious.  It is the perfect end-of-the-summer-garden dish to prepare.  This version “twisted” or “evolved”, as I was searching through the garden.  Only it’s roots are traditional.  Then it wanders.  And it wanders into pretty, delicious territory.  Continue reading

One Layer Chocolate-Cherry Cake

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Layer Chocolate-Cherry CakeThe Goddess likes cake.  Yes, she does.  She doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but chocolate cake is so good for breakfast.  This recipe is a riff on that old Peg Bracken cake from her “I Hate to Cook” cookbook.  In her recipe, you mix the cake right in the pan you’re going to bake it in.  It was a drop-dead easy recipe and had such a good flavor, so naturally The Goddess tossed in some bing cherries…naturally.  Continue reading

Sweet Potato-Tomato and Bean Chili

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

As you know, The Goddess does vegetables, but not really into the vegetarian thing.  She loves her burgers, chicken and pork!  But, sometimes a person needs to get outside their little world and wander a bit.  This is what happens when she wanders off the beaten path…. Continue reading

Herb Salt

Tags

, ,

This is one of those wonderful seasoning blends that you’ll use on all sorts of things.  Herb Salt makes pretty much everything taste better, particularly potatoes.  But, don’t limit yourself.  Try it on everything…you might want to spare that cheesecake, but if it’s savory…. Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Pecan Bars

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

Chewy Chocolate Chip-Coconut BarsThese are rich and chewy, with bits of crunchy, toasted pecans, gooey chocolate and coconut…and they’re just plain good.  So pour the coffee and invite a friend…. Continue reading

Eggplant with Onions, Wine Vinegar, Grapes and Pine Nuts

Tags

, , , , , ,

Vini da Arturo, in Venice, makes this incredibly simple, but delicious dish.  It’s perfect for summer and it’s gets better the next day.  Bring this to the next potluck BBQ.  Continue reading

Betty’s Tres Leches Dessert

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Tres Leches is the perfect dessert for entertaining.  It’s rich, delicious and must be made ahead of time.  Did I mention it’s mind-bendingly delicious?  You really can’t overstate the delicious-ness quotient.  Continue reading

Saucy Bearnaise Vinaigrette

Tags

, , , , , ,

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a fling.  Yes, The Spicy Honey is aware of my dalliance and he approves.  Right now, you’re wondering just what kind of blog post this is, aren’t you?  So, my dear gutter-minded-friends, I’m talking about tarragon and mustard!  And the ultimate question—is it a sauce?  Or is it a vinaigrette? Continue reading