Riced Cauliflower (Plain)

​ Band’-wag-on, noun: an activity or thing that has become fashionable or popular. I’m a little late jumping on this particular bandwagon, and it’s high time I did! I’d heard about cauliflower “rice,” of course. It’s hard to be a foodie and completely miss that. I just was never interested enough to try it. Big…

Vanilla Sugar

It doesn’t get much easier than this! So much flavor, so little effort! But what’s it for? Almost anything, really. It’s delicious on cereal, in tea or coffee, and can be used in any baked goods you fancy. Just that hint of vanilla flavor gives a delightful boost. In a cute jar, it also makes…

Roasted Herbed Turnips and Zucchini

The garden got away from me! Well, the growth of some of its inhabitants did. One day I had baby turnips & zucchini. The next day, it seemed, they were enormous! I really didn’t need to plant turnips as early as I did, but I was so excited to get things growing that I overdid…

Shrimp Garam Masala

Family favorite! This exciting dish has it all: Bursting with flavor, nutritious, quick, and easy! You’ll want to add this to your weeknight go-to list. I’ve skipped the onions and peppers more than once, either because I ran out of them or of energy, and nobody complained. I like it better with them, but sometimes…

Saffron Rice

The bright yellow of this yummy side dish always makes me smile! Saffron is a fantastic spice. The sheer intensity of labor involved in its harvest more than justifies its hefty price tag. Fortunately, a little goes a very long way, so the cost per dish is quite reasonable. On a per-gram basis, though, it’s…

Roasted Zucchini and Baby Potatoes With Caribbean Seasoning

I’ve really enjoyed finding new and different ways to cook zucchini this summer. It was my first year growing zucchini because I used to think I didn’t like it. Was I ever wrong! I think my misconception came from old habits. When I was growing up (and, sorry kids, when you were growing up, too,)…

Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp

I came across this recipe years ago (though I don’t recall where) when I was looking for something to use up a lot of rosemary from my garden. Some years, I don’t get much rosemary. It either gets sick or just doesn’t grow very big. Other years, though, there’s more than I can possibly use….

Pork Medallions With Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce

You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” I have to admit, the photo of this dish is…unimpressive. At best. The flavor is decidedly not unimpressive. It’s delicious! Add to that the fact that it’s quick and easy to prepare — about 30 minutes from “What’s for dinner?” to “Dinner’s ready!”…