Maple glazed pork chops

Recently I found a terrific recipe for pork chops in a Taste of Home publication, which when prepared was absolutely one to try again.  The pork was tender and the maple glaze was totally perfect for the dish. The recipe comes together within thirty minutes and can easily be prepared in an electric skillet. Here…

summer salmon from Jessica Seinfeld

I have been truly enjoying my new cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. Food Swings offers this recipe which was totally delicious. I did broil my piece of salmon longer than she recommended in her recipe. I also adapted her ingredients, but used the same combination. To be specific, I used low sodium soy sauce — I…

Barbecue for the 4th of July

Summer grilling and barbecue season has been wonderful these past few weeks in Michigan.  The weather has been lovely minus one weekend which showered us with an above average amount of rain.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful for the 4th of July. I have been truly enjoying a new product from the Charcoal Companion which…

Cooking with Quail Ridge Press

Recently I found a great source for some amazing cookbooks that can be ordered online and be directly mailed.  Quail Ridge Press began nearly 40 years ago and continues to publish and showcase many regional and national cookbooks. I have been cooking from Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties and have been enjoying every recipe that…

Spinach, cheese and ravioli bake

Michigan May temperatures are still chilly, though the sunshine has been warming me up for some outdoor gardening and exercise. I had some ingredients ready to go for another dinner dish, but decided to pair them up and make a classic comfort meal last week. I have made variations of this dish, already on this…

Ham and red onion quiche

I am a breakfast for dinner person.  Actually, I can eat breakfast any time of day.  So, quiche recipes seem to creep into my weekly dinner menu plan.  I have featured many on my blog and they are easily searchable. Any that I have posted are my favorite recipes.  This recipe is an adaptation of…

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…

Shrimp Alfredo in a pressure cooker

Would you believe that it is possible to cook delicate shrimp in a pressure cooker?  Well, it is possible and was super easy to make and serve a dinner very quickly with this recipe. I have had some fears about using an electric pressure cooker.  So much so, that I have kept mine in a…

French onion and mushroom soup

Over the years, I have made French onion soups or mushroom soups, but never the two have been combined.  This recipe, inspired by Rachel Ray, is a true classic.  It comes together quite fast and is not one of those many hour French onion soups.  Surprisingly, it has a great flavor and is super tasty. …

Mushroom spaghetti risotto

In recent weeks I have been trying some different cooking methods with great success.  This dish showcases a cooking method that is used to make risotto. Typically, in that technique, broth or cooking liquids are added slowly, allowing the starch to cook gradually. With this dish, the spaghetti is cooked in the same fashion and…

Zucchini zoodle lasagna

I have been experimenting with my Paderno spiralizer and tried this recipe which was especially tasty.  This would be a wonderful one to try with children, as they would not even know that zucchini were a main ingredient of this dish. I adapted the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens one-pan recipes and added some…

Shrimp Chowder

Spring weather fluctuates in Michigan. We have many chilly April days. So, making a pot of soup is not out of the question in my kitchen.  I was inspired by a recipe I found in Cooking Light magazine and prepared this delicious chowder in my Staub pot. This chowder is not a thick soup, like…