Grilled Onions and Tomatoes

It is no secret to those close to me that raw tomatoes and I don't get along.  Something about having a whole bite of nothing but tomato simply doesn't agree with my palette.  Combine them with something else - like a bunless hamburger wrapped in lettuce, or sliced with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar - … Continue reading Grilled Onions and Tomatoes

Tapenade Pork Chops

During the week, we often use leftover sauces and dressings from one meal as the basis for a new variation.  Today is an example - a quick recipe  based on the ideas at the end of our sun-dried tomato tapenade recipe.  Unfortunately, it was also prepared during our recent "camera malfunction" period, so I've only got a … Continue reading Tapenade Pork Chops

Fava Bean Hummus

Fava beans and other legumes aren't normally on our menu.  However, we will make an occasional exception for things that come with our CSA share (corn on the cob and baby potatoes both come to mind).  So, when our CSA share included young fava beans for two straight weeks, we had enough saved up to … Continue reading Fava Bean Hummus

Salt & Pepper Cube Steaks

Cube steaks are nothing more than a fancy name for tenderized round steaks, which come from the "round" (posterior) of the animal and are known for being a bit tougher than the rib and loin cuts.  The "cubing" process loosens up the fibers and makes them seem much more tender, especially if cooked correctly.  Arguably, … Continue reading Salt & Pepper Cube Steaks

Creamy Morel Chicken

Growing up, I can remember spring was a busy time.  The snow was finally melting, and there was a ton of work to take care of cleaning up everything that had been hiding under that snow for months.  It was also a time to be outside and enjoying weather that wasn't snow for a change - … Continue reading Creamy Morel Chicken

Chunky Sausage Tomato Soup

First off, I want to apologize - I experienced some odd camera malfunctioning (probably user error) last week and ended up losing the "in process" photos of about three or four different recipes.  I still managed to get pictures of the finished dish (or the leftovers when I had them for lunch the next day) … Continue reading Chunky Sausage Tomato Soup

Carrot Beet Slaw

Alternate Title: The Recipe That Made Me Like Beets I will be the first to admit that I have never been a fan of beets.  Growing up, we would occasionally have pickled beets in the house (I remember being told they were one of my grandpa's favorites).  We also grew them in our garden, and … Continue reading Carrot Beet Slaw