New England Clam Chowder & A Spinach Salad

New England~Style Clam Chowder  |  Spinach Salad with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette “Soup is the solvent of memory.  For many of us it is love.  When I am tired and want comfort, when I want to share happiness, or when I want flavor, my first desire is soup.  The pots and bowls and cups of Continue reading → «New England Clam Chowder & A Spinach Salad»


Grilled Pork Loin with Hard Cider Sauce & Skillet Apples with Sage

SUNDAY Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Hard Cider Sauce  |  Skillet Apples with Sage  |  Roasted Baby Red Potatoes  |  Steamed Broccoli Rabe   As we began our descent into Portland, Oregon on Saturday morning I looked out the plane window to see that we were in the middle of nearly black clouds and the rain Continue reading → «Grilled Pork Loin with Hard Cider Sauce & Skillet Apples with Sage»


Pot Roast with Parsley~Garlic Sauce

WEDNESDAY Pot Roast with Parsley~Garlic Sauce  |  Applesauce   I am sitting here at my desk, staring at the blinking cursor on my computer screen, twirling my hair {a nervous habit of mine} and thinking of something witty to say in order to engage you to read on about this absolutely lovely pot roast we Continue reading → «Pot Roast with Parsley~Garlic Sauce»


Pumpkin~Parmigiano Soup with Grilled Cheddar & Apple Sandwiches

MONDAY Pumpkin~Parmigiano Soup  |  Grilled Cheddar & Apple Sandwiches with Dijon on Sourdough Bread   Have you ever noticed the correlation between how wonderful a weekend was and how, well, “non-wonderfully” the following Monday manifests itself?  I did…today.  Nothing disastrous, mind you, but overwhelming…not because of an overall importance to mankind but rather a result Continue reading → «Pumpkin~Parmigiano Soup with Grilled Cheddar & Apple Sandwiches»


Classic Mac & Cheese

TUESDAY Classic Mac & Cheese  |  Spinach Salad with Green Apples   What are comfort foods? They are foods that soothe the psyche by reminding us of comforting childhood memories. For most of us, these foods are far from gourmet and generally epitomize home cooking. They invoke feelings of nostalgia, safety, and security.  ~ Peggy Continue reading → «Classic Mac & Cheese»


Roast Pork Sandwiches & Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad

THURSDAY Slow-Roasted Pork Sandwiches with Herbed Grape Sauce  |  Roasted Apple & Cheddar Salad   Nothing creates a sense of well-being like a barely simmering braise or stew cooking quietly on the stove or in the oven.  The warm aromas wafting in the air are deeply comforting.  Dinner is cooking.  A simple and economical cut Continue reading → «Roast Pork Sandwiches & Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad»


A Baseball Picnic

TUESDAY TPLL 2013 Championship Game Roast Turkey, Green Apple, Triple-Cream Brie & Chutney on Croissants  |  Chopped Kale Salad with Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts  |  Spring Tabbouleh  |  Bakery Potato Chips  |  Red Fruit Salad The last four or five days have been a blur around here…attempting to manage two baseball games over the Continue reading → «A Baseball Picnic»


Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Chutney on a Croissant

TUESDAY Freshly Roasted Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Rhubarb Chutney on Croissants  |  Farmer’s Market Cherries   When I came across this sandwich last week on Tumblr, it struck me as “special”…you know, the type of sandwich that you would pack into a lovely wicker hamper along with a lightly colored blanket, some linen Continue reading → «Turkey, Apple, Triple Cream Brie & Chutney on a Croissant»


Vietnamese Pork Chops & Fresh Apple Salsa

SUNDAY Vietnamese Pork Chops  |  Fresh Apple Salsa   “The city takes a breath on Sunday.  Of all that’s lost in the pursuit of what’s next, I hope we don’t lose that…” ~ Hawksley Workman   I try very hard to keep Sundays free of chores.  Cleaning, laundry, errands…these are my constant companions six days Continue reading → «Vietnamese Pork Chops & Fresh Apple Salsa»


Baby Back Ribs, Potato Salad & Kale-Apple Slaw

FRIDAY Molasses Mopped Baby Back Ribs  |  Potato Salad  |  Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing   Next weekend we celebrate Memorial Day.  In towns all across the country we will remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Services.  On a much less profound note, this holiday Continue reading → «Baby Back Ribs, Potato Salad & Kale-Apple Slaw»