Chicken and Dumplings

chicken and dumplings

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Before we get to the chicken and dumplings, let’s talk kitchen equipment. I want to share with you one of the gifts that I received at my wedding shower, one that I treasure. It wasn’t something shiny and new, right out of the box. Instead, it was […]

Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Mustard-Sriracha Sauce

roasted vegetables

As the produce delivery season winds down, I’ve found myself relying more and more on my standby cooking strategies for using up large quantities of produce at once. One is stir frying. The other is roasting, and that’s exactly how this roasted vegetable dish came about. Typically I spend most of my time and energy […]

Caramelized Onion and Apple Pizza

It’s finally apple season! Ok, technically it has been for a while. But I’m just now acknowledging this fact. My crisper has been filling with apples for weeks and I can only eat so many. So it’s now time to start cooking with them. Hence, this pizza: Besides being deliciously sweet and salty, this pizza also […]

Anytime Gumbo (Or, How to Eat Gumbo Whenever You Feel Like It)

Sometimes you just need a bowl of gumbo. This recipe is for those times.

When I first started this blog I was mainly cooking just for myself. As a result, many of the early recipes are designed to make just one or two servings. (I still find myself in this situation now occasionally, when Paul has an obligation in the evening which is pretty common during marching band season, […]

Summer Succotash

Season to taste with the basil, salt and pepper.

I love recipes that really seem to celebrate a particular season. Spring is the perfect time for light fish dishes and lemony asparagus risotto. Fall is made for soup and pumpkin-flavored everything. Winter calls for stews and roasted vegetables. And then there’s summer, overflowing with strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, fresh herbs, melon, squash, cucumbers, […]

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

This fall salad incorporates roasted root vegetables, squash seeds, brown rice, spinach and a balsamic reduction. Feel free to mix and match with what's on hand!

I’m not sure where the inspiration for this salad came from, because until I made it I was pretty sure I didn’t like beets. I’ve tried the pickled kind at salad bars several times over the years, but just can’t not think about how much they taste like dirt. I’m happy to report that the […]

Tomato Soup

We ate the soup with grilled cheese and some homemade dill pickles (the cucumbers also came from aCSA box).

This summer I signed up for a CSA delivery from a local farm called Rice Family Harvest. Every week I get a box of goodies, and every week it’s a surprise. (It doesn’t have to be a complete mystery, though–you can request specific items and purchase additional things to add to your box. I just […]