Blizzard Fixins

The first thing to do in a blizzard is come to terms with, you're not going anywhere.  The states of Pa., N.Y. and where I presently sit, Ct are under a mandatory travel ban, only authorized and emergency vehicles are allowed on the road.. This is heavy wet snow and a lot of windy gusts.. … Continue reading Blizzard Fixins

Roasted Vegetable Stack Torte

-adapted from a Mark Bittman recipe for my family's (not mine!) aversion to fungi Ingredients: -1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch slices -2 medium zucchini -2 yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch strips -2 sweet red peppers, cut into 1/4-inch slices -1/2 cup or more of extra virgin olive oil -sea salt -coarse ground black pepper … Continue reading Roasted Vegetable Stack Torte

Mexican Macaroni Salad

-Sometimes you just get tired of the same old picnic fare.  Try this delicious South Of The Border twist to ordinary macaroni salad, adapted from a Ree Drummond recipe. Ingredients for salad: 1 pound elbow macaroni Vegetable oil, for oiling grill 2 ears corn 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup black olives, sliced 8 … Continue reading Mexican Macaroni Salad

Pan’s Pan Phried Plantains

I'm over my fear of plantain monsters now 😉 Thanks to Carol and my sister, I grabbed that other green (now yellow and black) plantain from my veggie/fruit box.. I didn't get to the store so had to work with what I had.. First, these are extremely hard to peel.. Mine was ripe and still … Continue reading Pan’s Pan Phried Plantains

Savory Cheddar and Black Pepper Wine Cookies

-first tasted these scrumptious little savory cookies at a wine tasting, used to clear your palate for the next wine.  While I think they are way too favorful to use as a palette cleanse, they are perfect for tapas and cocktail parties.   Ingredients: - 1 cup all-purpose flour - ½ tsp baking powder - ½ … Continue reading Savory Cheddar and Black Pepper Wine Cookies

Carrot Fries with Tahini Aioli

Carrot Fries Ingredients: 12 carrots, halved and cut into a French fry-like strips 1 TBSP olive oil 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp turmeric 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper Tahini Aioli • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 cup tahini • 2 TBSP honey, or to taste Directions: … Continue reading Carrot Fries with Tahini Aioli

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Ingredients: About 1 pound of fresh Brussels sprouts , trimmed and halved 4 strips Bacon, diced 1 medium onion, diced 1 TBSP butter Salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. honey Directions: In a large sauté or frying pan heat a tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add in the chopped … Continue reading Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic