Gyros

One of the most memorable meals of my life was in Athens, Greece. My husband was in the Navy at the time, and his port call happened to coincide with my school’s winter break. So I flew, alone, to a country where few at the time spoke English, to meet up with him — without…

Chicken and Dumplings – Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t want comfort food these days? Nobody, that’s who. What if I told you you could have serious comfort food for dinner, budget-friendly, with more than 90% of the work done by early afternoon, AND have it be healthy? It’s hard to eat healthy in trying times. I find myself leaning more toward comfort…

Crunchy Black Lentil Salad

My new favorite lentil dish!  It’s delicious, easy, and healthy. Versatile, too — serve it as a side or as a vegetarian main dish. You can even make it vegan by just eliminating the cheese.  It’s been a few years since I started observing Meatless Monday. Back in the day, we used to eat beef…

Grilled Asparagus​

I owe my kids an apology. Well, the two younger ones anyway, who never learned to like asparagus. See, I grew up eating asparagus steamed. Plain. I loved it that way, but in retrospect, I realize that’s pretty much the way my mom cooked nearly all vegetables, and not necessarily because it was the best…

Scalloped Turnips With Horseradish

I’ve posted a couple of turnip recipes so far and told you how I grew to love turnips. Still not convinced to give them a try? Have I got a recipe for you! THIS is the dish for anyone who thinks they don’t like turnips.  And if you already a fan, you’re going to love…

Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

Sticktoitiveness: noun. The quality of persisting at something; tenacity. I had the best fourth-grade teacher. The first time I heard her use this word is also my first memory of someone using a word other than “stubborn” to describe my unwillingness to give up; she made it into a compliment. I also loved her for…

Orange Pork With Broccolini, Scallions, and Rice

This tasty, vaguely Asian-style dish has been in my book so long I don’t even know where it came from. I dragged it out recently, dusted it off, and added the broccolini. Back before the paper got so yellowed, I’d never even heard of broccolini. Now I look for excuses to slip it into a…

Shrimpagus

​ Fresh herbs and asparagus make this one-bowl meal a real treat! You’ll need two pots, though, because it’s especially good served over pasta. I used whole wheat spaghetti for an extra kick of fiber. The meal is so delicious and satisfying, nobody will guess that it took you less than half an hour or…