Nouveau Greek Pasta Salad

Since ancient times there has been what is known as the “Mediterranean triad” in Greek cooking. That triad is made up of wheat, olive oil and wine. This recipe makes use of two of those standards. Greek cuisine has about a 4,000 year tradition and Greeks were savvy enough to incorporate food elements from other

Pesto Fettuccine with Black Olives and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

It has rained for days – actually weeks is probably more accurate. But, today is a gorgeous spring day and I’m working out on my screened in deck enjoying the weather and bird songs. The weather inspired me to whip up something that seemed appropriate for our warm up towards summer. And, I just can’t

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

Easy Endless Ratatouille

There’s nothing I enjoy better than fresh, wholesome vegetables. And, summertime is just the time to find some of the best as gardens start producing their bounty. For years I grew a vegetable and herb garden, and even now and then I try to grow a few herbs  and will sneak in some peppers and

Unforgettable Vegetable Lo Mein

You may have guessed we love Asian food in our house. It’s a very good thing I took Chinese cooking lessons many years ago down at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Those lesson were taught by a classically trained chef and cook. They have served me well over the years. It just so happens

How to Chiffonade Herbs and Vegetables

You may have seen me use the direction – “chiffonade basil”. Well, what is chiffonade? Chiffonade is a French term for a technique used in cutting leafy green herbs and vegetables into thin ribbon like strips. The result is lovely green strips you can use for garnish or in a dish you’re cooking. I thought

Easy, Healthy Minestrone, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Nothing is better than a bowl of soup, chowder, chili, stew or posole during cold, cool and rainy weather. Major snow and ice events also beg for a hot, comforting bowl of soup. Even though spring in headed our way, we still have some cool weather ahead of us, and of course we can always