Loaded Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Chowder

I always enjoy starting my lunch or dinner meal at a restaurant with a cup of soup. Except for French onion soup, which I don’t like, or something very spicy, I’m quite open to a wide assortment of soups, like creamed ones, thick ones with grains, like barley, orzo or others with meatballs, poultry, cheeses,…

Buttery Snickerdoodles – Surprise!

I always thought snickerdoodles were dull, rather hard cookies, not tasty at all, and could easily be bypassed for something more desirable, like a thumbprint lemon filled cookie or a brownie bar. I often imagined people bought snickerdoodles because of their cute name, or maybe they liked a bit of crunch and their sugary pop….

Buttery Snickerdoodles with Surprises!

I always thought snickerdoodles were dull, rather hard cookies, not tasty at all, and could easily be bypassed for something more desirable, like a thumbprint lemon filled cookie or a brownie bar. I often imagined people bought snickerdoodles because of the cute name, or maybe they liked a bit of crunch and their crunchy-sugary pop….

Turkey Tetrazzini: A Tasty Treat with Thanksgiving Leftovers

From my childhood, with leftover turkey, I remember our housekeeper, Ann, serving an old-fashioned dish, common at the time – turkey-a-la-king. Sometimes she would use chicken. Ann added carrots, crunchy celery, and certainly peas, along with making a creamy white sauce. Aside from it’s saucy flavorfulness, what I affectionately recall were the colorful, but slimy…

M and M Chocolate Chip Cookies – A Colorful and Tasty Treat

I’ve baked many varieties of chocolate chip cookies, all recipes purport to be the best, tastiest, most luscious! And they are – until I find the next one on line or in a cookbook, and then I begin to create my signature cookie. Cookies are quick, most are easy to concoct, and once baked, easy…

Oriental-Style Pork with Oyster Sauce and Mushrooms

As I’ve stated in other parts of this book, I didn’t eat pork until after I was married because my Jewish parents kept a kosher house. However, I still recall a whiff of bacon cooking in the kitchen and I loved that smell and flavor, still do! I think my mother followed certain rules, and…

Mashed Cauliflower – Zucchini Bowl

Even though cauliflower appears plain and simple, I’ve always liked it. In simplicity shines its appeal.  As a side-dish it compliments more  substantial foods, like steaks, chicken, pork. It doesn’t  scream out for attention, but certainly adds  to a meal with its mild flavor.  Some people say it has a sweet nutty flavor, a bit…

Streusel and Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Banana Bread

Even though my loving father died shortly past my tenth birthday, and  that Dad was barely home – working tirelessly  at his bakeries – in spite of this–his  smiles and baking endeavors have resonate in me for decades.  All aspects of baking flash before me, daily; they hound me to bake something, anything. I  love…

Foil-steamed Salmon with Garlic, Lemon and Herbs

Salmon is refreshing and light, a big change from eating heavy meats with sauces and vegetables. I like its thin fatty skin, plus its tenderness and  flavor as it easily flakes apart.  And I like seeing its attractive ruby-pink color,  For years I use to eat salmon simply sauteed with vegetables stove top in a…

Favorite Meatloaf

  Like many people, my memories of meatloaf go back to childhood. My mother never cooked, instead, we were blessed with a housekeeper you tended to all our food desires.  Meatloaf was a regular dish for dinner.  I must have watched Ann occasionally, since, once married, I started my meatloaf recipes rather  traditionally, as I…