Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions

SUNDAY {Super Bowl} I am not going to muddle this simple recipe with a bunch of verbiage.  Suffice it to say that this is peasant food at its best.  Sausages, vegetables, herbs, a bit of olive oil & some heat for a good hour will deliver a soul satisfying meal.  Its range spans from sausages Continue reading → «Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions»


Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola

WEDNESDAY Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola  |  Basil~Caesar Salad Years ago, as a young, newlywed couple, Michael and I found ourselves living in Princeton, New Jersey.  The significance of that location had nothing to do with the ivy~league University anchoring that quaint little town but rather its prime geographic location among the Mid~Atlantic states. At the Continue reading → «Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola»


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»


Short Rib Ragu

SUNDAY Short Rib Ragú  |  Pappardelle Pasta   There are just some dishes that taste better over time and this ragú is one of them, which made it a perfect choice for our Sunday dinner this week.  I needed to be away from home from dawn until dinner on Sunday, picking Maddie up from a Continue reading → «Short Rib Ragu»


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»


Grilled Chicken, Jeweled Rice & A Spinach Salad

SUNDAY Grilled Whole Chickens  |  Jeweled Rice  |  Spinach Salad with Citrus~Parmesan Vinaigrette     It felt like winter here today…the sun remained behind a blanket of dark grey clouds all day and as I sat in front of our large bay window in the living room this morning, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, Continue reading → «Grilled Chicken, Jeweled Rice & A Spinach Salad»


Slow-Roasted Pork with Herbs, Butter-Braised Spring Onions & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

SUNDAY Slow-Roasted Boneless Pork Shoulder with Herbs & Lemon  |  Butter-Braised Spring Onions with lots of Chives  |  Creamy Mashed Potatoes What a glorious weekend!  The weather here in Northern California was just about as perfect as you could have imagined.  Cool mornings & evenings but sandwiched in-between was spectacular sunshine & balmy temperatures. We Continue reading → «Slow-Roasted Pork with Herbs, Butter-Braised Spring Onions & Creamy Mashed Potatoes»


Steak Salad & Roasted Strawberry Skillet Cake

TUESDAY Steak Salad with Horseradish Dressing  |  Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Cake   OK…I am tired…REALLY tired!  Yesterday, I woke up to the alarm after only 3½ hours of sleep and I tackled the day like a machine.  Last night, I slept 9 hours and I can barely function today…what is up with that?  I spent Continue reading → «Steak Salad & Roasted Strawberry Skillet Cake»

Clover Peas

Corned Beef, Guinness Mustard & Chocolate Guinness Goodness…

SUNDAY HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY ~ From our Clan to Yours… Corned Beef & Vegetables  |  Spicy Horseradish Cream   |  Malty Guinness Mustard  |  Potato Dominoes  |  White-Wine Spiked Peas  |  Chocolate Guinness Goodness Corned Beef is one of Michael’s favorite dinners.  I am not sure which version he enjoys more, the original melt-in-your-mouth meat & potatoes dinner or the hot Continue reading → «Corned Beef, Guinness Mustard & Chocolate Guinness Goodness…»


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»