Spicy Carrot Pasta Sauce

“Not for me the pile of buttered carrots on the plate.  Too sweet, too orange {too bloody cheerful more like it}.  But the carrot’s place is assured in my kitchen as the bringer of earthy sweetness, a backbone vegetable on which to build layers of flavor.” ~ Nigel Slater, Tender


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»


Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches

MONDAY Crispy Pancetta, Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches  |  Fresh Cherries One of my favorite sandwiches is the classic “BLT” {bacon, lettuce & tomato} and the best time to enjoy one of these beauties is during the summer when heirloom tomatoes are hanging heavy on the vine.  My tomato plants {Julia Child and Paul Robeson} Continue reading → «Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches»

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice

TUESDAY Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice Yesterday afternoon & evening did not leave much time for a dinner post.  Baseball after school, followed by a quick trip to the orthodontist’s office, Michael returned home last night from business travel in Southern California, and some friends from Sonoma County stopped in for a Continue reading → «Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice»


April 14, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu & Recipes

SUNDAY Grilled Chateaubriand with Parsley Tarragon Butter*  |  Baked Potatoes  |  Chopped Raw Asparagus & Pea Salad** MONDAY Egg Salad with Tarragon, Parsley & Chives*  |  Toasted Baguette Slices  |  Broiled Grapefruit TUESDAY Chicken Thighs with Preserved Lemon**  |  Steamed Artichokes  |  Tarragon Mayonnaise* WEDNESDAY Rolled Flank Steak with Pesto***  |  Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Continue reading → «April 14, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu & Recipes»


Sunday Dinner Recipes ~ Herb Butter Roast Chicken, Bread Salad & Braised Peas with Prosciutto & Pecorino Cheese

  SUNDAY Herb-Butter Roast Chickens  |  Tuscan-Style Bread Salad  |  Braised Peas with Prosciutto, Pepper & Pecorino   Tonight’s dinner, referenced above, yeah,we’ll get to that.  Let’s rewind a bit… I woke up this morning, well before dawn.  Mind wheels were spinning.  Mental checklists for this week’s horse-show trip were in over-drive.  I silently emerged Continue reading → «Sunday Dinner Recipes ~ Herb Butter Roast Chicken, Bread Salad & Braised Peas with Prosciutto & Pecorino Cheese»


Orecchiette Pasta with Bacon, Peas & Herbs

WEDNESDAY Orecchiette Pasta with Bacon, Peas & Herbs Each year, right around St. Patrick’s Day, my love affair with these lovely, little legumes is rekindled.  Maybe it is the bright kelly-green color they flash…green is a color we are craving right now.  Or maybe it is simply their tender, sweet crunch. Or better yet, they Continue reading → «Orecchiette Pasta with Bacon, Peas & Herbs»


Corned Beef on Rye & Pickles

MONDAY Corned Beef on Rye Sandwiches  |  Pickles   Rainy Days & Mondays… After such a lovely weekend together, we all disperse into several different schedules on Monday morning.  Saturday & Sunday {on a “normal” weekend}…I love waking up, all together, weekend breakfasts in the kitchen…Michael & I, with the children, all of us in Continue reading → «Corned Beef on Rye & Pickles»


French Onion Tart & Baby Greens

TUESDAY French Onion Tart  |  Baby Greens with Dijon Vinaigrette I feel the need for a vacation right now!  Maybe it is all this spring-like weather we are having, the switch back to daylight savings time or the simple human tendency of wanting what I can’t have.  Given the schedules for each member of this Continue reading → «French Onion Tart & Baby Greens»


Lasagna Bolognese, Garlicky Spinach & Clementine Cake

SUNDAY Lasagna Bolognese  | Garlicky Spinach |  Clementine Cake Speaking of patience ~ WARNING…This evening’s post is a long one.  So go get a cup of tea & relax.   I will wait for you…{I have to write this post, right now, so I am brewing myself a fresh pot ~ chamomile & mint is my Continue reading → «Lasagna Bolognese, Garlicky Spinach & Clementine Cake»