Roast Chicken with Olives, Grapes & Rosemary

Another winner from the Smitten Kitchen, but this time from the cookbook, not online. Like Deb’s spouse, my husband also doesn’t care for fruit with his meats, but since her hubby loved it, I thought I’d give it a try. William’s verdict – home run! I made lemony roasted parsnips to go with the chicken….

Italian Stuffed Cabbage

Once again, I’m modifying a recipe from Smitten Kitchen so that it’s gluten and dairy free. I thought they turned out quite well, but William thought the tomato sauce overpowered the stuffed cabbage….but then, he has a think about tomatoes and cabbage, so I don’t think he’d ever be happy with a traditional stuffed cabbage…

Soy-braised Pork Belly with Star Anise and Orange

My mother-in-law gave meĀ  a Dishing Up Washington cookbook for Christmas. I love pork belly and was delighted to find a recipe that is very different from the usual way I make it. This one has an Asian slant on it and makes the pork so tender, it breaks apart with the slightest touch. Ingredients:…

Deb Perelman’s Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard & Garlic

About a month ago, I stumbled upon the Smitten Kitchen website while looking for a Russian dessert recipe. Since then, I have been back often and subscribe to her posts so I don’t miss a new recipe. I also purchased Deb’s cookbook, which came out last year. I usually don’t care much for lentils or…

Basque Bean Stew

This recipe comes for the Basque area of Spain and is a nice hearty bean soup for those chilly autumn days. Ingredients: 1 lb. fabada beans, dry 10 cups water 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 8 oz. Serrano ham, chopped (I used end pieces since they are cheaper) 8 oz. chorizo sausage, chunked…

Gnocchi with Garlic Chicken & Spinach

I made this for dinner tonight since my husband wasn’t home and I didn’t need to worry about gluten. I went on instinct and it was really, really good! Ingredients: 1 pkg. gnocchi (boxed or fresh from the refrigerated section) 3 chicken tenders, diced 1 tbsp. minced garlic 2 handfuls of fresh spinach salt &…

Masala Lamb Chili with Kohlrabi and Kale

After harvesting kohlrabi from my garden, I was thinking it might pair well with the lamb stew meat I had purchased from Whole Foods, so I went online to search for a recipe. I found several for stuffed kohlrabi using ground lamb, but that didn’t interest me. Finally, I stumbled upon a recipe by someone…

German-Style Pork Roast

My heritage is German, so I grew up eating a lot of pork. Germans love to use cabbage and apples in their cooking. This recipe doesn’t have cabbage, but it does have apples. And, while it’s roasting in the oven, your mouth will surely water from the smells coming from your kitchen! The pork is…

Chicken Curry from Trinadad with Plantains

While making out this week’s menu, I stumbled upon a recipe for chicken curry from Trinadad. I love curry, Indian & Thai, but hadn’t tried any from another country, so I added it to my menu. I screwed up and didn’t allow the chicken to marinade as long as I should have, plus I should…

Stuffed Duck Galantine With Balsamic Plum Sauce

When I was at the Asian grocer the other day, I picked up a whole duck, with its head still attached, for a reasonable price. I always intended to prepare it for Sunday dinner, but it wasn’t until today that I decided how to prepare it. I had always wanted to learn how to debone…