Bun Cha -Vietnamese Meatballs

I had never heard of Vietnamese meatballs, until I was hired to make a light lunch for several ladies. It was a birthday luncheon and the special lady being honored, hailed from Vietnam. The casual event, a brunch, would be served in the backroom of their salon. All the ladies were hairdressers, and when business…

Zucchini Patties

As gardeners and cooks know, zucchinis, especially in summer, present a cornucopia of this green goddess fruit. There are even cookbooks devoted to  zucchinis, mixed with other ingredients. Plus with the internet, cooks are flooded with selections of zucchinis for steaming, frying, boiling, baking, roasting, just to mention some. Other dishes mix this vegetable, shredded…

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…

Old Fashioned Stuffed Peppers, Twisted and Colorful

I love color in food, in my kitchen, on plates, throughout my house, on walls, carpets, bathrooms, especially the garden, (where I grow an abundance of flowers and vegetables), wherever I ramble, play or work, my eyes open wide for color.  Color at the grocery store, such as  fruits and vegetables call to me; I…

Pork, Peppers, Pasta and Broccoli – A Skillet Dinner

For some reason, which feels a bit murky to me, our family didn’t eat many fresh vegetables, and that tradition stayed with me for decades and decades. Naturally we ate high quality  Le Sueur canned peas, since our maid, directed from Mom, I suppose, bought only the best quality, at least with the peas. Deep…

Stuffed Jumbo Shells, 4 Cheeses, Layered with a Meaty Marinara Sauce, Baked

Pasta for lunch, usually curly kinds  or other  elbow shaped varieties were common in my childhood.  That’s what our live-in maid/housekeeper cooked for us, ( my 3 younger siblings and I) often with butter swirled in,  plus  a smattering of American cheese scattered from above. As an adult I’m still fond of that meal, but…

Shepard’s pie with fresh Mediterranean flavor

My husband and I ate the pie so fast, I forgot to take a photo! But since we loved it so much, I’m surely going to repeat it.  Then I’ll take a picture, and in particular, get a good shot of the meaty bottom,  which is where most of the good flavor reside. (I finally…

Pasta, Cabbage, Potato and Bean Soup

  I love soup, and often check them out at restaurants seeing if they resemble something  that appears tasty to me, or if they bring back fond childhood memories or fresh recent ones. Soup comforts and satisfies, especially on cold, snow days, like we often have in Denver, even as the sun shines! I like…

Saucy Asian Pork and Shrimp meatballs

I’m a big meatball fan using beef; I especially love meatball  recipes which use small pieces of slightly moisten bread cubes folded into the meatball. (That’s how our maid, when I was growing up, cooked her meatballs.) But cooking pork meatballs never occurred to me until I saw  recipes in various Chinese  cookbooks.  Recipes with…

Chinese Char Sui, an American point of view

As a  young lady, beginning  in my early 20s back in New Jersey, nearly 50 years ago, I sometimes ate meals out at Chinese restaurants with friends.  These restaurants dotted the landscape at various intersections in  small urban towns across southwestern New Jersey.  The main one Helene and I went to was in Irvington, just…