Smoked Pork Chops and Mustard Mash

01/01/11 Looks strange, doesn’t it?  It’s difficult to believe that we’ve quietly slipped into the next decade with no special fanfare or hoopla.  The 21st Century is 1/10 over.  Yes…it’s true.  I tried to recalculate the numbers but I just kept coming back to the same answer.  One tenth gone.  Lots of good things happened [Read More]

Spanish Tortilla de Patata

Tortilla Espanola is so popular in Spain that you will see it on almost every tapas menu.  There are many variations of the Spanish omelet but the most common version is the Tortilla de Patata made with potatoes, eggs, onion and olive oil.  Not only is this dish a wonderful appetizer or light snack, it’s also [Read More]

Potato, Walla Walla Onion and Gruyere Galette

Meat isn’t a big item on my weekly menus and often, especially during the summer when vegetables are so good and plentiful, I’m very happy with vegetables and a salad.  Tomatoes and potatoes are my favorites, and when I saw this recipe at Moveable Feasts there was no question that it was for me.  I’ve [Read More]

Corned Beef Hash

When corned beef was on sale before St. Patrick’s Day I bought an extra one to stick in the freezer because I knew I would be hungry for another corned beef dinner  and I like leftovers for sandwiches and hash.  I’m on a mission to use up what’s in the freezer before local vegetables and fruits  appear [Read More]


Did you ever eat colcannon When ’twas made with yellow cream And the kale and praties blended Like the picture in a dream? Did you ever take a forkful And dip it in the lake Of heather-flavored butter That your mother used to make? Oh, you did, yes you did! So did he and so [Read More]

Rick’s Tomatillo Braised Pork Loin

I’ve been saving this recipe to post after my recent trip to Chicago where I had dinner at one of Rick Bayless’s restaurants, Frontera Grill. Kate, at A Spoonful of Thyme, recently posted this winner and I knew I would love it, not only because Rick’s food is out of this world but also because [Read More]

Simple Pleasures

A treasure I brought home from Paris: Sea Salt with Black Truffles A perfectly baked Idaho russet spud, no microwaving here, topped with sweet cream butter, sour cream and my Parisian treasure.A simple, farm fresh fried egg and a slice of homemade bread. A sprinkle of “you know what” makes it sublime. Artichokes, simply steamed, [Read More]

Vegetable and Cheese Frittata

Today is our second Foodie Friday event at Designs by Gollum. I hope you will click on by for a visit and see what wonderful posts are part of this lovely event. My contribution today is a frittata, perfect for your weekend brunch or light supper. The great thing about frittatas is that they are [Read More]

Yukon Gold and Butternut Squash Gratin

I took a dozen photos of this gratin when it came out of the oven and not a one did it justice. I think it is just one of those recipes that doesn’t like to have it’s picture taken. But a generous serving on a dinner place is a show stopper. The alternating layers of [Read More]