Prime Rib Pot Pie

SUNDAY Prime Rib Pot Pie   It’s Sunday evening…the children are fed and either tucked in or finishing homework in their rooms.  Michael is somewhere over the Atlantic en route to Frankfurt, Germany before making his way to his final destination in Finland.  And I sit here at my computer…with you.  Thanks for keeping me Continue reading → «Prime Rib Pot Pie»


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»


Gazpacho & Ahi Tuna Salad Sandwiches

MONDAY Gazpacho  |  Tuna Salad Sandwiches   “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  ~ Mark Twain   I know it is summer out there…somewhere.  I hear from friends back in New York City about the heat and humidity and, after living for several years in Dallas, Texas, I cannot Continue reading → «Gazpacho & Ahi Tuna Salad Sandwiches»


Sambal Chicken Skewers & Apricot, Kale and Quinoa Salad

SUNDAY Sambal Chicken Skewers  |  Apricot, Kale & Quinoa Salad   I distinctly remember the morning I first saw the photo of these chicken skewers gracing the cover of the July 2013 issue of Bon Appétit… I was standing in the checkout line at our local market around 11:00am and one of the clerks was Continue reading → «Sambal Chicken Skewers & Apricot, Kale and Quinoa Salad»


Risotto with Sausage & Fennel

SUNDAY Risotto with Grilled Sausages & Peppers and Fennel   “Creamy risotto, dotted with fresh spring peas or delicate shellfish, is a classic of the northern Italian table.  This versatile dish never ceases to please ~ combining the satisfying flavors of tender rice, fresh herbs, and seasonal ingredients with delicious results.  Whether featuring grilled sausage Continue reading → «Risotto with Sausage & Fennel»


Grilled Burgers & A Creamy Cucumber-Grilled Potato Salad

FRIDAY Burgers on the Grill  |  Sweet & Spicy Ketchup  |  Creamy Cucumber & Grilled Potato Salad Someone heard me yesterday and turned the heat up a bit.  Morning fog gave way to brilliant sunshine fairly early today and we hit a high temperature of 80°F.  Our French doors were open all day letting in Continue reading → «Grilled Burgers & A Creamy Cucumber-Grilled Potato Salad»


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»


Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini

TUESDAY Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini |  Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs     The first day back after a long holiday weekend is always a bit rocky but especially so at this time of year.  The children can taste summer vacation and even though school will be finished in the next few weeks, these last days Continue reading → «Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini»


Spicy Chicken Dosas

THURSDAY Spicy Chicken Dosas  |  Sliced White Peaches & Nectarines     The alarm went off at 4:00am… Michael had an early flight to Los Angeles this morning and won’t be home until tomorrow evening.  Unable to get back to sleep, I headed downstairs to work on next week’s dinner menus.  I had one hour Continue reading → «Spicy Chicken Dosas»


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»