Month: October 2013

Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms

Creamy polenta and mushroomsWe love polenta and during the fall and winter months I like to add it to dinners in place of pasta, rice, or potatoes.  It’s a perfect side dish which pairs well with roasted or braised meats, especially ones with sauces and/or gravies.  Depending on how much liquid you add when cooking, polenta can be either cake-like or porridge-like.  The cake-like style is great for grilling in the summer but I think we prefer the loose, creamy style of polenta, especially when it’s colder. (more…)


Roast Chicken – An essential dish for anyone

Roast ChickenI make roast chicken fairly often so I was a little shocked to see I hadn’t published a roast chicken post.  Roast chicken is something everyone has eaten in their lives and most everyone is familiar with the basics of cooking one.  (more…)

Soup Time: Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam ChowderIt’s cold and damp out there.  Soup weather.  Now, soup is not that complicated to make so don’t be scared of making it from scratch.  I hadn’t made any in a while (because it was summer) and since Cheryl and I sampled some really good chowder in Seattle last weekend I decided to make a pot of Manhattan Clam Chowder to warm us up this week. (more…)

Pan Bigio – Rustic Italian Wheat Bread

Pan Bigio1 I know what you’re thinking, it’s too soon for another bread recipe.  I actually had another post already started but made this bread on a whim and was so blown away by it and the method, I felt compelled to shelve the other and instead post about Pan Bigio.  This rustic, whole wheat peasant bread from Carol Field’s The Italian Baker is well worth the effort and time.  I’m pretty sure this is going to be one style of bread which gets made a lot this winter. (more…)

Since it’s Apple Season – Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie from scratchI looked back among all of my posts and discovered I’ve never posted about making an apple pie.  I’m not surprised as there are probably a million apple pie recipes out there, so why add another one?  I’ll tell you why.  Firstly, because I made one for Sunday Dinner this week; secondly and more importantly there’s a really good story to go with the apple pie and how it helped me woo Cheryl. (more…)