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…

Stuffed Cabbage revisited – a Tangy Sauerkraut-Tomato Sauce

I love experimenting with different versions of recipes–and stuffed cabbage offers many alternatives, especially with the internet input. I even found a Kosher site which presented unique points of view, such as adding additional cabbage in the form of sauerkraut in the sauce!  What a surprise when I saw the Yamaka-wearing man toss half a…

American Goulash: My Version of a Hamburger Classic

I’m a fan of ground beef.  I like it simply prepared as a hamburger, or added in stir fries, mixed in casseroles, and added to  so many main dishes. Hamburger meat often comes to the table with assorted ingredients  like tomatoes, onion, celery, beans, cheese, plus many vegetable choices. Sauces too are a popular ingredient…

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…

Spinach-Leek Cheesy Quiche

Quiches offer exciting possibilities for brunch, snacks and dinner; plus they are fun and immensely creative to make.  You can plan your meal, shop for foods to include in your quiche, or wait until the mood strikes you and see what goodies are on hand in your fridge and pantry. Share with me how you…

Juicy, herb-roasted Cornish hens smothered with vegetables

  I hadn’t eaten Cornish hens in several years, so, I picked up two. But for a change, I wanted to cook something different–not just a simple roast, turn them over and we’re done. No particular recipe caught my eye in my chicken cookbook and elsewhere, but eventually  a familiar mix of ingredients popped up…