Caramelized Pear, Pancetta and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Sweet, savory, and crispy little tartlets that will impress your guests and their taste buds. The peppery arugula plays well off of the sweetness of the caramelized pear and onion, while the gorgonzola adds sharpness, and pancetta brings it all together with a hint of… Keep Reading »

Roasted Leg of Lamb

My favorite Sunday lunch roast of all is a fragrant leg of lamb with Mint Sauce (or jelly when I’m feeling lazy). Roasts are surprisingly easy to do. It is by far and away the easiest way to feed a party of people…. Keep Reading »

Whining and Dining

We’ve all been there. Spent a fortune on a meal out on the town with that someone special only to have a screaming child take the romantic out of our rendezvous. What are the parents doing? Ignoring the offending behavior. Trust me, Tatjana had her moments… Keep Reading »

Turkey Tenders Dijonnaise

I love turkey this time of year, but don’t want to roast a whole one until Thanksgiving, so this is a great way to incorporate it into your every night dinners or as an inexpensive dinner party entrée.
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Dusting off the Holidays, Pearl Dusting That Is

Occasionally, I can be a very bad influence. I know you’re all starting your “get back to eating healthy New Year’s resolutions, so this post is a little on the wicked side of indulgence for this time of year, but I’ve had this pearl dust… Keep Reading »

Turkey Mushroom Cottage Pie

Piping hot ground turkey and and mushrooms in a rich gravy topped with creamy mashed potatoes with melted cheddar cheese adding just a touch of crispness to every bite. This is my healthy twist (for my red meat fearing clients) on this English classic.
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‘Tis the Season To Indulge The Sweet Tooth!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but entertaining need not be as difficult as you might think. With so many parties and festivities already going on, I think it’s a nice time to keep it simple yet indulgent, and what could possibly be easier to… Keep Reading »

Pantry Basics for The Holidays

Whether you plan on baking every day, or a few times this Holiday Season, there is nothing more aggravating than to find a recipe you just have to make, only to realize you’re missing key ingredients. Think about all the home baked gifts you might… Keep Reading »

Merry This, Happy That, & Gratitude

“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response” – Mildred Barthel
Some of us seem to be naturally positive people who wake with smiles on our faces, I’m not one of them. I have to start my day with a grateful list to positively charge… Keep Reading »

Thanksgiving Leftovers & Black Friday

My Grandmother Ellie was a true matriarch, and Thanksgiving was her holiday. No matter how spread out around the country, everyone was summonsed home for a formal Thanksgiving dinner together. Another of her traditions  was to relegate my cousin Jane and  me to look after… Keep Reading »

How To Avoid OVER Indulging On The Holidays

Thanksgiving signals the beginning of family get-togethers and holiday parties, and along with it a lot mindless grazing and stress eating that can pack on the pounds.  Statistics suggest that the average person gains between 2-5 lbs. over the holiday period. I know when I… Keep Reading »

Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup

A PCA member specifically requested this soup for before Halloween, but it’s perfect for any of the holidays this season, too. Presentation is really fun in a small, scooped out pumpkin. You can even serve with the lid on to keep the heat in, and let… Keep Reading »

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta Hash

I may be biased, but I think this is one of the yummiest side dish recipes I’ve ever written. So much so, I have been known to eat an entire batch on my own as my meal. YUM!
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