Whiskey Pork Chops

Quick, easy, richly delicious and low fat– this recipe is a winner and one you will definitely want to add into your week night rotation!! Sauteed mushrooms complement the peppery pork, whiskey adds fruity smokiness and then sour cream for richness– yum, yum, yum.

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Marinated Mushrooms

Among the endless fabulous finds at Trader Joe’s is the garlic marinated mushrooms.  Small mushrooms marinated in vinegar, with spices, garlic, peppers and onion, these are a delicious fat free snack, and also very handy for adding to  salads, a charcuterie platter or a pasta dish.  But once in awhile, the shelf is bare at TJ’s!  Not to worry, though, because it turns out that making your own couldn’t be easier.  This recipe is similar to the  Trader Joe’s version,  but has some added olive oil, which will help with clinging to the pasta or salad ingredients.   Read More



Family masterpiece… Nanna’s stew

On the recipe bucket list remains this item:   Boeuf Bourguignon, the famous Julia Child recipe.  It is a classic from the 1960’s, a French masterpiece of layered flavors and quality ingredients, requiring a formidable investment of time and energy, not to mention quite a chunk from the wallet.  But it is apparently most swoon worthy, memorable and absolutely worthwhile.  Maybe one day…..

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Sticky toffee pudding

This is an old British dessert, or “pudding” as they say, and it is really quite amazingly delicious.  It is basically a rich buttery date filled cake smothered in warm caramel or toffee sauce.  It’s a terrific ending to a traditional winter or holiday meal, and then if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it is a decadent midnight snack. Read More


Time for a tea party…spicy cucumber tea sandwiches

Today, thinking about tea parties.  May Day, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, birthday parties for young, old or in-between… so many reasons in springtime to dust off the tea set and start thinking about little bitty bites to eat.

Tea sandwiches are versatile little canvasses for all kinds of taste combinations.  Here is a snazzed up version of a trusty favorite:

The spicy cucumber sandwich, which is delicious, child friendly, lends itself to any number of interpretations and doesn’t even get soggy! Read More