Beef and Smoke without Fire

Beef and Smoke without Fire
For a Kansas City girl there is a shocking lack of smoked foods on this site.  Today I rectify that, at least a little and share a recent adventure with you.  It may be perfect timing because this is a show stopper dish, and Father’s day is coming up you know!  So anyway, back to ...

Strawberry loves Rhubarb

Strawberry loves Rhubarb
Most of the time I don’t make it home from the farmers market with any strawberries.  I buy them alright, and with good intentions too, but if I’m really honest with you I just stand in front of the farmers stall and eat them all.  After the 30 seconds it takes me to devour a ...

Party Food

Party Food
Sometimes I like to make myself a little present.  Something for later when things are really hectic that I can pull out and serve without spending any time at all in the kitchen.  I have a few things I make every year when the vegetables are in season and can for later, pickles, jams, but ...

Warm Chickpea Salad – Cooking From Your Pantry 2

Warm Chickpea Salad - Cooking From Your Pantry
Last night dinner was so good! Really flavorful, fast, and the best thing? It was all just stuff I had lying around in the pantry or fridge.  This is the kind of recipe to throw together on a night that you didn’t plan anything and don’t have much in the house.   I’m calling this ...

Spargal (Asparagus Gratin) 1

Spargal (Asparagus Gratin)
This post is a long time coming! Usually I would write as I travel, uploading my thoughts as I go and enlisting you in helping to solidify my all too fleeting memories, but not this time.  This trip, this early spring rather has been all about the experience, the joie de vivre and I’m just ...

Simple Chili Garlic Fish

Simple Chili Garlic Fish
One of my favorite childhood memories is fishing with my dad.  I can picture our little fishing spot now a large rock on the edge of a small lake.  He had what I viewed as a fancy grown up fishing pole, and I in my overalls and pigtails was armed with the attitude of a ...

Crispy Oven Fries 1

Crispy Oven Fries
Just look at that picture? Don’t you want some fries now? Of course, so do I, BUT what I really never want is to break out a big pot pour in a whole bunch of pricey oil (no cheap crappy oil for us here!) and cover my kitchen and my face with a thin layer ...

Lemon Mousse – I’m sorry chocolate, it’s not you it’s me… 1

Lemon Mousse - I'm sorry chocolate, it's not you it's me...
This post is almost blasphemous… here it is the day before Valentine’s Day, chocolate’s day to shine and I’m telling you about not a chocolate mousse, but a competitor!!! Don’t worry friends, I haven’t lost my love of chocolate, but this year winter has been so long, and it has snowed so much that I ...

Veggies for the Haters 1

Veggies for the Haters
If there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like vegetables, here’s how to turn things around: Roast them. Trust me, roasting caramelizes them nicely on the outside, concentrating and sweetening their flavor while leaving a creamy delicious center. What’s especially great about roasting is that it’s fairly quick and easy. You can even cut up the ...

Skinny Vegan Buffalo Wings 3

Skinny Vegan Buffalo Wings
Did you blink when you read that headline? Skinny vegan buffalo wings what??? Who on earth would want that anyway? Well, I do promise there’s no fake meat here, just a few crispy roasted vegetables getting a makeover.  What I like to do is put these out WITH your regular wings, as a light alternative ...