Posted in December 2011

Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are just about the easiest and tastiest thing to preserve.  Used often in Moroccan cooking, I have noticed that they are becoming more popular in other dishes lately like pasta, rice pilaf, and even soda.  I made a quart sized jar of preserved lemons last winter and experimented with them throughout the year. … Continue reading

Christmas Cavatini

I know that most families have their big Christmas celebration on Christmas Day.  My family is a bit different because we have always had our big celebration on Christmas Eve.  Everyone gathers at my Mom and Dad’s house and we have dinner, open presents, play with the kids, and have hot coco and Christmas cookies. … Continue reading

Cajun Skillet Dinner

Cajun Skillet Dinner

I’ve been making this recipe for about a year now.  It’s always a welcome meal at the end of the day and in the summer I can use a lot of garden fresh produce.  The Cajun Chicken and Shrimp that I made earlier this year is based off of this recipe.  You can mix it … Continue reading

Southwest Ranch Dressing

Southwest Ranch Dressing

I started making homemade salad dressings a year or so ago as a way to save money.  I also noticed that there were so many strange ingredients in bottled dressing, so the homemade kind seemed like a healthier alternative. We have several “go-to” dressing recipes, like garlic, thousand island, orange vinaigrette, and balsamic vinaigrette.  Ranch … Continue reading

Simple Food: Spicy Potato Soup

Simple Food: Spicy Potato Soup

Soup is good food.  I like fancy soups with lots of vegetables, wild rice, maybe a swirl of cream fraiche on top, but sometimes the simplest soups are the most satisfying.  My family has been making this potato soup for years now.  It is great winter comfort food. This soup has very few spices, so … Continue reading

Amaretto Applesauce Cake

Amaretto Applesauce Cake

Wade and I are not big on sweets, for the most part.  Though some special occasions do call for a bit of sweet dessert.  We had some friends from out of town over this past weekend. To celebrate we had a meal of Chicken Marsala (made by Wade), spinach artichoke dip and bread, salad with … Continue reading

Homemade Green Chile

Homemade Green Chile

In Colorado and New Mexico green chile is the preferred topping for burritos, huevos rancheros, chimichangas, tamales, etc.  In New Mexico Green chile is also sometimes made with potatoes and served as a stew instead of as a sauce for other foods. Most often green chile is made with pork, but I’ve also seen variations … Continue reading