Cranberry-Peach Cream Scones

In today’s episode of Cleaning Out the Pantry, I reached for a bag of unsweetened, dried cranberries and some delicious dried white peaches from Trader Joe’s, courtesy of Mik❣️ For an explosion of flavor, I soaked the dried cranberries and peaches in one cup of warmed apple cider with a tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider…

Match-A-Flavor Donuts

Match-a-flavor Donuts 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp *Matcha Green Tea powder (optional) 2/3 cup oil (I used melted coconut oil, but veg or canola oil will work, too) 1/2 cup buttermilk (I made my own by combining milk with…

Polpette & Busiate

There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of […]…

Arabian Nights….

    “One must always welcome guests sincerely, with a certain effusion of the heart, for when they come to your table they must already be happy with you.” ‘La Petite Cuisine’, du baron Brisse (1870) Tony and I have been watching a lot of Chef Anthony Bourdain on Netflix lately. It satisfies Tony’s love…

Polpette & Busiate

  There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of…

apple of my eye ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TZCP6OqRlE       Calvados Apple Cheesecake Crust: 1 c graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c toasted pecans, finely chopped 4 T butter, melted 2 T brown sugar Cheesecake: 4 packages fat-free cream cheese 1 c sugar 1 tsp grated lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3 T flour Apples: 1 1/2 c…

the south is gonna rise again…

There is something sweet and very humbling to hear, “oh, my! that is better than momma’s!” ~ while very kind, I know this cannot be true ~ for it is the love of that momma that made the pie taste a little sweeter, the dumplings a little fluffier and those biscuits, light as air… Here’s…

val’s roasted chicken salad

                                  “chicken delight” by artist Peg Franken         This isn’t your typical “chicken salad”… you aren’t drowning it in a mayo base binder ~ it isn’t laden with jarred sweet pickles or relish ~ this chicken…

salad to go ~

What a Christmas! While missing Mom & Dad, brother and sisters-in-law, the bustle of nieces and nephews, we had a full house with all three kids and our Grandson, Levi Gabriel! We took a little side trip to Jackson, Wyoming, where we enjoyed tubing, the incredible scenic views and an educational sleigh ride through the…

Risotto ~ unravelled

It always amazes me how many lovers of risotto who won’t attempt making the delectable, versatile, creamy dish… I hope you’ll take 20 minutes to make it for your family ~ to make it for yourself! History of Risotto The history of risotto is naturally tied to the history of rice in Italy. While there…