Delicious Delicata-squash soup

Throughout much of 2021, I was dealing with extensive dental work including implants and extractions. Therefore, I needed to eat soft and mostly smooth foods. If I didn’t follow these simple directions and exerted effort to chew harder foods, like sandwiches, steaks, carrots, nuts and the like, even chips or crunchy foods, I would need…

Majestic Morning Muffins: Sweet or Savory

Aside from banana muffins, or simple toasted English muffins next to eggs for breakfast, muffins were often, decades ago, ho hum for me, kind of bland, mostly an aside to any meal. I never ate them as a child, even though my Dad owned bakeries. (We usually ate rye bread, bagels and yeast rolls, nice…

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…

Chicken, vegetable and potato calzone- a simple snack or an ample meal

  I first discovered calzones several years back, which is why I added one to my first cookbook – Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts. There, there is a recipe for Salami, Spinach and Cheese Calzone. But, since I enjoying making pizza dough, I created the above recipe. Calzones can evolve into many different…

Baked Pasta, Meat, Cheese and Zucchini Casserole

When I married, back in 1971, I believed  cooking lasagna was time consuming, and it was. As I tried to carefully place the dry, flat noodles in a  big pot  of boiling water; they often broke and cracked, which annoyed me no end. Once cooked, they even slid out of my hands; pieces slithered away…

Drying Herbs in the Microwave

Here are some tips I share in Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts 1. For the microwave approach, lay out several sheets of paper towels. You can use two layers to make it easier to transport, or use a dinner plate. Separate the leaves from any woody stems. (Save the stems and bundle…