Slow-and-Low, Dry-Rubbed, Oven Chicken & A Greek Salad

THURSDAY Slow and Low Dry Rubbed Chicken  |  Greek Salad Before getting into our dinner, I just want to thank all of you for your kind words, either here on the site or via email, regarding our loss of Duke yesterday.  Those notes and the several e-cards I received were a bright spot at such a Continue reading → «Slow-and-Low, Dry-Rubbed, Oven Chicken & A Greek Salad»


Filet Mignon Sliders & A Simple Kale Salad

THURSDAY Filet Mignon Sliders with Sautéed Mushrooms on Toasted Brioche Buns  |  Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette & Parmesan Shavings   I knew Michael would be coming home today when I planned our dinner menu last week.  After four days of airplane food and meals eaten during meetings in conference rooms, I wanted to prepare Continue reading → «Filet Mignon Sliders & A Simple Kale Salad»


Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

MONDAY Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce  |  Chopped Kale with a Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Cheese  |  Garlic Croutons   “On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” ― Mark Haddon As I Continue reading → «Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette»


Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches

FRIDAY Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches  |  Sweet Potato Fries  |  Fresh Strawberries  |  Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Okay, I know…I missed a dinner {last night}.  This week has been, well, you know…one of THOSE weeks!  Michael gone {traveling in Europe}, me left to juggle Max’s baseball and football schedules as well as the girls’ barn schedule, Continue reading → «Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches»


Chicken Salad & A {Very Special} Chocolate Cake

MONDAY Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad  |  Chocolate Bundt Cake {Gluten-Free} Back in April I made this amazing chicken salad.  The ingredients are simple…simmered oranges, saffron and honey  puréed into a dressing, fresh basil and mint, salad greens…but, when combined, produce an incredibly flavorful and satisfying salad.  For this evening’s dinner, I used left-over Grilled Continue reading → «Chicken Salad & A {Very Special} Chocolate Cake»


Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with a Creamy Sumac Sauce

MONDAY Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion & Cumin  |  Creamy Sumac Sauce   I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  I returned home yesterday after a wonderful retreat here.  Days filled with yoga, hiking, swimming, massage, reading…resting.  It is not until you stop…really stop…that you begin to realize how much “noise” Continue reading → «Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with a Creamy Sumac Sauce»


Grilled Sausages, Lemon Risotto & Roasted Asparagus

THURSDAY Grilled Sausages  |  Lemon Risotto  |  Roasted Asparagus   This evening’s dinner was supposed to be a Pantry Soup…a variety of ingredients taken from the pantry, fridge & freezer that become transformed {with a little bit of kitchen magic} into a savory and satisfying meal, pleasing the palates of everyone gathered at the dinner Continue reading → «Grilled Sausages, Lemon Risotto & Roasted Asparagus»


Grilled Chicken with Harissa & Mint and Herbed Lemon Couscous

TUESDAY Grilled Chicken with Harissa & Mint  |  Herbed Lemon Couscous   I have never found myself particularly attracted to the cuisine of the Middle East, India, Thailand, Africa or the Mediterranean.  Not because of any dislike mind you but rather ignorance.  Not having been introduced to those foods growing up, my tastebuds were honed Continue reading → «Grilled Chicken with Harissa & Mint and Herbed Lemon Couscous»


Citrus & Herbs

MONDAY Capellini with Lemon & Basil   Pasta and lemons must just go together.  Lately, I have bumped into recipes that feature those two ingredients in several places:  Deborah Madison has a version in her Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, the ladies at Canal House have one as well in their Canal House Cooking, Volume No. Continue reading → «Citrus & Herbs»