My Love/Hate Relationship with Tomato Paste

Yes, I admit it. I have a love/hate relationship with tomato paste. It mostly has to do with waste. You see those little cans of tomato paste are such an oddball size. Very seldom does a recipe read “use a whole can of tomato paste”. Oh, no. It’s usually something like “use one or two






Lowfat Honey-Pecan Cream Cheese Spread

I confess we enjoy a good toasted bagel every now and again. I usually can eat only a half of a large bagel. Occasionally we can find mini-bagels and those work great for me! There are so many flavors to pick nowadays. My favorites are cinnamon-raisin and French Toast bagels. Normally I pick my bagels






Stir Fried Asparagus with Garlic – Updated

Recently I was asked a question about today’s recipe. I previously had adapted it from a recipe I had seen somewhere else. My original adaption didn’t quite reflect all the changes I made, so I thought I do an update and breakdown. We like a lot of garlic in this house,  so, usually more is






Another Holiday Favorite with a Southwestern Twist – Bev’s Posole

If you don’t already know the story of Posole in our house, I’ll bring you up to speed on the Burch lore and Posole. Posole is one of those dishes you’ll find on holiday tables in the southwest. So, when Tall & Handsome spent his first holiday season with my family, he made a pot






Getting Ready for Thanksgiving 2016

If your house has been as hectic as ours this year you may not have time to do a lot of menu planning, shopping or cooking. Now, I can’t do the cooking or shopping for you, but I can help with the menu planning. I’ve decided to look back at some of our Thanksgivings and






It’s Tuscan Good Soup

This is my absolutely favorite time of the year. Seems like this is when we can bring out the good-for-you, hearty comfort foods. Usually when we get the first good cool chill of the season I make our first pot of Posole. The rest of the time we enjoy dining on soups, chowders and stews