Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Any excuse to make soup is okay with me.  So when my son was home sick the other day, I asked him what he’d like for dinner.  “Soup”, he replied in a sad, pitiful, scratchy whimper.  “The kind with the little meatballs in it, but not a spicy one”, he added.  I knew just what he was talking about as we’d had it about two months ago and he loved it.  Let’s face it-any soup with meatballs in it is going to be a hit kids. Although I’m sure this soup has been served at weddings the name actually comes from … Continue reading

Caprese Meatball Sliders

Caprese Meatball Sliders

I just love a big, thick juicy burger; but lately I’ve been making smaller slider style burgers.  The great thing is I find I eat a lot less when I make them.  It was almost as if when I had a big burger, I felt compelled to finish it.  And soon after finishing said burger, I was stuffed.  That’s why I actually prefer sliders; I find I eat quite a bit less. The other reason I’m hooked on them is you can put anything on them and still call it a slider.  If you put chicken between two normal hamburger buns, it’s … Continue reading

Nectarine and Heirloom Tomato Salad with herb ranch dressing

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Nectarines and other stone fruits are everywhere right now.  Every grocery store I wander into seems to have piles of them and at great prices too.  That’s how this salad came to be.  I’ve actually had the idea of making this salad for a few weeks-even bought the ingredients numerous times.  But life gets in the way sometimes…and family members eat the ingredients.  Really son?  I could never get you to try a nectarine before and now you eat two.  Oh well, at least he now likes nectarines. After getting my ingredients this time and fiercly protecting them from prying hands and … Continue reading

BLT Pasta

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Everyone loves a great BLT.  Thick cut bacon, juicy mouthwatering tomato and crisp lettuce on toasted hearty bread is a hard combo to beat.  So when I was thinking about what to make for dinner and a BLT came to mind, I wondered how I could twist things up.  I ventured into my refrigerator bravely pushing through the minefield of varied tupperware items that held remants of meals gone by.  And that’s when it came to me-I really need to clean out this fridge!  I digress; back to the search. After finding some arugula and fresh mozarella, it suddenly struck me.  A small plastic barb from one of those stupid tupperware lids (well not techniquely stupid as that would … Continue reading

Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

With all the Holiday happenings and being that I still have to make a living with insurance (Medicare renewal time of year is crazy), December was a whirlwind and I was just not able to add to the site.  It’s not that I wasn’t cooking or taking photos; I just couldn’t find the time or the energy to sit down and finish a blog.  I hope everyone had had a wonderful Christmas or whatever you celebrate that brings your family together and a safe and happy New Year.  We spent ours with a flu ridden son vomiting through the night.  Nothing … Continue reading

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Between setting the clocks back and the change in the weather, there’s no doubt that fall has arrived.  While still ridiculously mild compared to most of the country, there’s still a noticable difference here in Southern California.  So on that note I decided it was time for a spicy tortilla soup with all the trimmings.  While some versions might be easier than this one here, such as opening up various cans and adding them to a pot, this one will excite your taste buds.  I’m blessed to live in an area that has a wide variety of chiles available, but if you can’t … Continue reading

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

It’s the never ending question for all home cooks- what to do with leftovers that’s different than just having leftovers?  Such was my dilema last night, facing a partially devoured meatloaf.  I had made Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf  and really wanted to do something different with the leftovers rather than eating the same dinner twice.  While my daughter and wife were perfectly content to eat it again, it’s not my son’s favorite meal.  So how do you make a ten year old love meatloaf?  Hot Pockets! To make it a little more interesting, I decided to make a gravy to dip … Continue reading

Blood Orange and Mixed Greens Salad with blood orange vinaigrette

Blood Orange and Mixed Greens Salad with blood orange vinaigrette

I love roaming my local Farmers’ Market sampling and smelling the best the local growers have to offer.  Fresh produce, breads, nuts and cheeses entice you to taste everything.  Most of the time I know what’s going to be offered; fantastic dandelion greens and pea shoots from one booth and every kind of tomato imaginable from another.  But sometimes I spot something I wasn’t expecting.  As I walked down to the end of the first row of booths, a small stand was set up with nothing but some ugly looking oranges and bottles of a red juice.  Immediately I knew what they were, blood oranges.  Normally we don’t see … Continue reading