Pizza Night – Sausage, Hatch Chilies and Tomatoes

   I grew up in a German household and spicy food was never on the menu.  My mom’s cooking was wonderful but would be considered a little on the bland side by today’s standards.  If my parents were feeling a little wild and crazy they might order  kung pao chicken from the local Chinese restaurant [Read More]

An Easy Midweek Dinner – Pizza Pie

  Whew, what a busy week.  Daughter and family arrive tomorrow and I’m preparing for Saturday’s farmers’ market.   As long as I have a well stocked fridge and freezer I’ll be set for whatever happens.   The most important thing on the agenda is taking a five generation photograph of our family.  My mother [Read More]

Tomato Jam ~ A delicious way to use summer tomatoes

I have to confess – I’m a condiment junkie.  If you took a peek inside my refrigerator (I shudder to think that you actually would) you would find at least a half dozen different mustards, 3 different jams, several ketchups, chili sauce, 2 tartar sauces, 3 different horseradish sauces and 5 salad dressing to name [Read More]

Caramelized Eggplant and Fresh Tomato Pizza

Friday is pizza day at my house. And it’s also time for a fantastic Foodie Friday celebration at Designs by Gollum Michael Lee is our gracious hostess with the mostess so I hope you will join me there for this wonderful event. I know you will enjoy it. Wolfgang Puck’s pizza dough recipe is one [Read More]

Open Face Baked Bean, Tomato and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

My grandmother was a great cook – not a fancy one, but great nonetheless.  My grandparents lived in a small house on the farm where I grew up and I spent many hours beside her in her kitchen as she prepared  what was raised on the farm.  In true German fashion, nothing went to waste [Read More]

Bacon Lettuce Tomato and Avocado Sandwich

It’s a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l day in my neighborhood today and I’ve been outside filling flower pots and window boxes with red geraniums, white petunias and blue lobelias.  I’m in a patriotic mood this spring and these pots will be so pretty with American flags stuck in them for the summer holidays. So dinner is simple today  ~  [Read More]

If It’s Thursday It’s Gotta Be Pizza Day

What are your favorite pizza toppings?  Do you use the same ingredients over and over or do you venture out and try new combinations of flavors and textures?  Have you tried anything “way out there” that turned out to be your favorite?  Some are winners, some losers, but I never worry about a flop because [Read More]

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

I was so eager for tomato season to arrive and now I have more than I know what to do with. Slow roasted tomatoes are my favorite because they are so versatile and delicious and are the perfect base for tomato soup. I’ve combined several recipes for this soup, taking what I think are the [Read More]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

I made several batches of slow roasted tomatoes last week because they are oh, so good and because I want to use them in several of my favorite recipes. I had a sheet of puff pastry left over from making my sweet peach tart and decided to use the same technique for a savory one [Read More]

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

I roast lots of veggies in the summertime so I have the ingredients for soups and sauces for winter. Tomatoes are my favorite and I’ve tried roasting them every which way but haven’t been totally satisfied with the results until now. We have a great food section in our local newspaper and this week they [Read More]