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…

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…

Shrimp, Broccoli and Pasta Swirl

Leftover spaghetti is  boring! It’s hard to make it tasty the next day; it’s so plain.   I enjoy freshly cooked spaghetti, but leftovers are not for me!. I often end up tossing leftovers in the trash, saying darn  that so much has gone to waste!  However, it was fun using up leftover spaghetti recently, from…

Chicken Noodle Casserole with English Peas

I love chicken like mom did.  I like it cooked just about any way, however, mom liked it simply boiled, very plain, her thin fingers picking meat off warm bones, which happens to be  a method that is not a favorite of mine; there are so many savory recipes that top that. She was big…

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…

Creamy Baked Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Chicken and rice sounds so passe, normal, average, but it may be however, it’s truly more than that too.  Cooking this dish gave me an opportunity to  use my skills, talent, create something delicious, extrodinary, a stick-to-your-ribs-meal that, with some of it, the ideas and ingredients, and part of the process just popped into my…

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…