Curried Pumpkin Soup with Apple

This was one of those nights!  Hadn’t really spent any time thinking about dinner, but my husband’s on a special diet right now, and knew that I had to put something together!  Looking in my diverse pantry, I kept seeing things that would really be good, but most of them were on the “no” list. …

Shallots with Sherry Reduction

Back in the day, I used to make pickles, lots of pickles of every sort.  One fall I made many pints of pickled onions, and thought it would be a good idea to top each jar with a small chili.  Unfortunately I used Bird’s Eye Chilies.  There they sat, for several months, infusing my cheerful…

Yam Oven Fries

There are certain foods that we know are treats, and should be eaten rarely. French Fries are the ubiquitous side that comes with so many meals.  Fast food restaurants started to give us more choices, but fries still hit the plate more often than not.   Fries with gravy stepped up the not–good–for–you quotient even more!  …

Moroccan Salad with Quinoa

We used to have a flat-weave picnic basket.  It was lined in green tartan, and had a place for everything that a family might need for a great lunch.  Today we tend to pack lunches into coolers or backpacks, with lots of ice or freezer paks.  Somehow our unchilled lunches of yesteryear never made us…

Coconut Rice with Fragrant Onion Sauce

In my early 20’s my younger sister and I shared an apartment.  We had two cats, two bedrooms, and groups of friends five years apart.  Somehow it all worked.  I was big sister to many of her friends, and my responsibility for her kept me with my feet firmly on the ground.  We started off…