the best lasagna

The temps are beginning to cool off! At last! 55 degrees early this morning. We've been thinking about making my lasagna to freeze for fall.  It is so good I've decided to share my recipe with you.

roast chicken

INGREDIENTS 1 med onion, peeled and thickly sliced3 stalks celery, halved lengthwise4 carrots, trimmed and split lengthwise in half1 (3 to 4 lb) whole chicken, cavity cleaned and rinsedKosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper1 lemon, quartered1 small onion, trimmed, peeled, and quarteredFresh herbs such as sage, thyme, parsley, or rosemary, rinsedOlive…

4 real french dip

Around here we're really fond of the traditional "French Dip" sandwich. Most good diners have one on the menu. The French Dip is easy to find when diners are open, quarantine is not in force and social distancing isn't a thing. So...we haven't had a good French Dip sandwich for more than a year. This…

romantic dinner 4 two

The menu for dinner tonight is an artichoke, shrimp, a glass of wine, and the two of us. Simple but elegant in its own way. Cheers!! Prep is simple too. Artichokes: Buy the freshest (tightest) globes available. Trim away leaf points, tops and stems. Place stem end down in your pressure cooker or instant pot.…

hamburger heaven

Hamburgers tonight folks--on homemade buns! Wonderful, and so easy: homemade buns 1 cup warm water1 egg2 Tablespoons butter3 1/4 cups all purpose flour1/4 cup sugar2 teaspoons salt3 teaspoons active dry yeast NOTE: lately I've been loading all the ingredients in my bread machine, setting it to "dough" and skipping to the forming step. Works great.…

morning coffee

Good morning Dear Hearts Found this image online a while back. It literally stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to whip out my calculator and check for myself. Here's how it breaks down: A 12-ounce tall coffee at your favorite quick brew kiosk will cost between $1.95 and $2.15, depending on your location.…

tea for two

Here’s a treat we always enjoy – White Chocolate / Macadamia Nut Cookies.  I don’t make these very often. Usually stick with my Famous Dark Chocolate Chip variety. But every once in a while I switch it up and use the more expensive ingredients in place of regular dark chocolate chips. It’s pretty simple to do……

better bread

Well finally – homemade white  bread that meets all the requirements. Good for sandwiches. Good for toast. Good right out of the oven and good the next day. We’ve been baking our own bread for awhile now. It is SO much better than what you can buy inexpensively, and in most cases is better for us. I…