Quick Pickles

Quick pickles are ready in a few hours – rather than a few weeks. They are crisp and flavorful, a wonderful addition to any entree. It’s fun to experiment with different types of vegetables, vinegars and spices. Click for the recipe

Pork Meatballs

Flavorful and very easy to make, these tasty pork meatballs are baked in the oven and are ready in 20 minutes. Click for the recipe

Jerk Chicken

The idea to make jerk chicken came to me while reading the fascinating memoir by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Yes Chef. Mr. Samuelsson mentions “jerk seasoning,” and of course I was intrigued. A quick internet search led to a jerk seasoning recipe which I tweaked just a bit, and as usual, the following recipe is my own interpretation. The seasoning is phenomenal – bold, sweet-and spicy, and full of flavor. Generally I find chicken bland, but with jerk seasoning, it is anything but. Click for the recipe

Chocolate Covered Oranges

Easy and pretty, chocolate covered oranges are a favorite dessert in our house. If you make them with dark chocolate, they are also very healthy. Click for the recipe

Chicken Chili

This chicken chili recipe is excellent for using up leftover baked chicken breast. it’s hearty, delicious and very filling. You can serve it on top of rice, but I usually serve it on its own, in soup bowls, topped with shredded cheddar, red onions and guacamole. Click for the recipe

Peanut Butter Truffles

If you love peanut butter and very dark chocolate, and if you expect your chocolate-based desserts to be intensely chocolaty rather than very sweet, then you will love these rich, decadent peanut butter truffles. Click for the recipe

Beef Bourguignon

Classic French cooking is not about speed or simplicity, nor is it about low-fat or low-cal, and Beef Bourguignon is no exception. It’s a dish that requires quite a few steps, and provides a hefty amount of calories, but assuming this is a once in awhile affair rather than a daily occurrence, I find the reward, an earthy, multi-layered stew that exemplifies the concept of comfort food, well worth it. Click for the recipe