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…

Steamed Salmon in Foil 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…

Chinese Style Roasted Chicken Thighs: Cabbage, Garlic and Vegetables

I ate chicken often as a child;  my mother did too, but not because she cooked it, we were fortunate and had a housekeeper who cooked and shopped for our family. Mostly I recall eating chicken as a leftover in such dishes as chicken a-la-king over rice, probably served  with a variety of canned veggies…

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…

Jam-topped cheesecake and peanut butter squares

Although living in Colorado for over 40 years, my roots–especially my food roots–lie  mostly in New Jersey where I grew-up and in New York too, where a replica of this dish is famous.  Even if a person buys cheesecake in another part of the country, many menus reference “New York cheesecake”. Its title is iconic,…

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…

Sweet Potato-blueberry-walnut bread-lemon iced

After cooking sweet potato soup, which was delicious, I’ve dug around the extensive sweet potato website based in North Carolina, and learned historical facts and viewed many recipes. Most of the historical information can be found on my recipe for the soup.  But personally, I’ve discovered my own small tidbits about  sweet potatoes.  One, I…