Maple roasted vegetables

We always enjoy roasted vegetables throughout the seasons, and this recipe is another way to prepare them quickly and easily.  I found this recipe in Real Simple magazine, March 2017. I roasted the vegetables at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, although the original recipe said to roast at a higher temperature for a shorter…

Chicken with white wine

Traditonally Coq au Vin is made with red wine.  In fact, I posted a version of that recipe on my blog back in 2012.  It is an excellent recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, which I adapted and truly enjoyed. Recently, I found another recipe that I was inspired by in Southern Living magazine. Since I…

Baked Easter carrots

These carrots are perfect any time of year, though I recently prepared them for Easter. I happened to find red carrots at the market, and they seemed to add an extra sweetness to the dish.  I would recommend them highly. Here is how I prepared the carrots. I used two bunches of red carrots and…

Roasted pork chops with vegetables

Are you looking for an easy way to make pork chops?  I found that roasting them with vegetables is a delicious way to serve them, as well as speedy, because the dish comes together in about 30 minutes. For this sheet pan recipe, I used baby carrots, one Gala apple, Brussels sprouts and fresh mushrooms….

marmalade carrots

  Spring vegetables bring a delicious excitement to any dinner plate.  I am encouraged by their fresh taste to begin planting my summer vegetable garden.  Colorful carrots are some of my favorites.  This recipe highlights their beauty with a spectacular glaze. This recipe is super easy to make and compliments grilled chicken.  I often serve…

Baking Spring vegetables

  Roasting vegetables can move beyond winter side dish favorites.  By choosing spring vegetables, this dish can transform a meal presentation with color and style.  The secret is finding a spring mix of colorful carrots.  At Trader Joe’s, I was able to find a bag of “organic carrots of many colors”. Along with the other…

cinnamon carrots

One of my favorite vegetables has to be carrots.  I usually purchase the petite or small carrots in the market, just for the ease of preparation.  Often, I just boil the carrots, drain and add some margarine and a teaspoon or two of brown sugar to finish the dish. However, I recently tried adding one…

Jamie Deen’s meat and potatoes

Here is a classic recipe for those men in your lives that are looking for a meat and potatoes dinner.  It is easy and quick and comes together with prep and baking time combined at 60 minutes. It is easy to adjust the ingredients depending on how many men and how hungry you expect them…

teach children to garden

Since I am an advanced master gardener, I enjoy preparing for my vegetable garden during the month of January. The cold snowy weather gives me a chance to look through catalogs and plan for the vegetable growing season. In past years, I have even started to grow some vegetables under grow lights indoors during the…

I love Fall

We were out-of-town for five days, and when we returned home I realized just how many leaves had been falling. Our yard is fortunate to have many tall trees which produce colorful fall leaves. The maples are especially beautiful, along with the other foundation plants in my yard. We have five burning bushes in the…

Asian inspired coleslaw salad

Here is a delicious salad for ladies who lunch, with an Asian inspired salad dressing. Actually, this coleslaw could be used for a great pot-luck salad, for the weekend football party, or even as a great burger topping.  The salad dressing, make with Asian chili sauce gives the slaw a great flavor profile. I purchased…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…