Polenta Cake

For a scrumptious, deliciously moist dessert, Polenta Cake is a perfect ending.  Because it’s simple to make, you can treat your guests to a slice of European elegance.   PrintPolenta Cake Total Time: 2 hours Yield: Serves 8-10 Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 eggs, room temperature 1/2 cup pinenuts, toasted 3/4…

Polenta Biscuits

What do I take to a gumbo party, Polenta Biscuits, of course!  Slightly sweet and crunchy, these bitesize beauties are like Italian hush puppies.  Since polenta is a comfort food for me, I always looks for ways to use this coarse ground yellow cornmeal.   While regular cornmeal is a cousin, it does not substitute…

Spiced Walnuts

We still have lots of pecans from last season, but sometimes we want more nut choices.  I found some great walnuts.  And while I love to cook with them, Spiced Walnuts make great gifts, or party snacks.  So, I revised a recipe to make an irresistible way to enjoy them.  It’s simple, fast, and delicious. PrintSpiced…

Shrimp Slaw

Recently, I managed to recreate a recipe that’s a favorite at the lodge.  I thought they’d be excited – I was wrong.   I realized they didn’t  want me to make Shrimp Slaw. They want to bring it from the coast.  And there you go!  So, I hope you enjoy this slaw as much as…

Caramel Nutella Crustella

Every once and a while, I have a vision of some new dessert.  Caramel Nutella Crustella is a scrumptious and easy recipe.  It  will definitely appear on our holiday table.  Although the original recipe, Nutella Crustella, is a staple at the lodge, I figure I can always make it better!  If you love pie crust,…

Butternut Squash and Rice Patties

Because it’s fall, it’s time for butternut squash recipes.  In our house, we love squash, and Butternut Squash and Rice Patties are irresistible.  Also, to change up your holiday menu, this is a delicious side dish.  In addition, here’s a few more butternut sides to try:  Mashed Butternut Squash with Mexican Spinach Topping, Butternut Squash…

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Because Squash Cheese Casserole is so delicious, I think Broccoli Cheese Casserole must be just as good, if not better. Honestly, Don got more than his share of the squash!  Without a doubt, this casserole is a new addition to the lodge menu, delicious and easy.  If you need a new side dish (without all the…

Squash Cheese Casserole

It’s time to try some new sides that I can cook at the lodge, for deer season.  In addition to being yummy, I need some dishes that are comfort food, plus easy and fast to put together (and make it seem like I exerted maximum effort).  Sadly, squash isn’t a favorite side dish for the lodge-goers….

Chèvre Fig Pizza

Sweet and salty toppings make Chèvre Fig Pizza a delicious meal.  Add arugula and a drizzle of reduced balsamic, and you make the magic of umami!  Once again, I had ingredients I needed to use, and they transformed into a yummy pizza.  Certainly, you could buy a crust and put on the toppings.  However, I…

Mustard Garlic Chicken

To streamline your summer cooking, here’s another scrumptious one pot main dish.  If you want to turn Mustard Garlic Chicken into more of a meal, bake it with potatoes and carrots. PrintMustard Garlic Chicken Total Time: 2 hours Yield: 3-4 servings Ingredients1/4 cup dry white wine or sake 2 large cloves garlic, pressed 2 TBSP…

Szechuan Shrimp

There’s a magical combination of ingredients that’s good on chicken, beef, or pork.  Since it’s good with meat, I tried it on fish and it was fabulous.  Then I decided to try a version on shrimp.  If you like Asian food, you have to try Szechuan Shrimp.  It’s so delicious, and a one pot dish….

Simply Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes, delicious happens by accident.  As a result of a little oil and some seasoning, leftover baked sweet potatoes become caramelized goodness.  In addition, it takes no effort to create a “real food” side dish.  And while they’re great for an everyday meal, Simply Sweet Potatoes, are a part of a fabulous holiday menu, too.   PrintSimply Sweet Potatoes…

Spring Greens Pie

This week I saw a great recipe on the Seeds From Italy site.  Of course, I made some additions and changes.  Right now, since it’s hard to keep up with the collard, kale, chard, and spinach production, I decided to pick them all and make a spring greens pie.  It’s a delicious way to get…

Beet Cranberry Salad

We’re getting great crops of all things green, from the greenhouse.  However, in addition to the greens, I want some other veggies.  While shopping in my pantry, I found some organic jellied cranberry sauce that I bought.   And for some reason, I immediately connected it to the luscious organic sweet beets that I buy…

Meyer Lemon Sorbet

The Meyer lemon tree is in full bloom, but there are still lemons on the tree, from last year’s crop.  That means I have to get busy and do something with them.  My last recipe, Meyer Lemon Cream Pie, is yummy.  This time, lower calorie, luscious Meyer Lemon Sorbet is on the menu. PrintMeyer Lemon…

Pecan Butter

Use your pecan harvest to create healthy snacks, or gifts.  In looking for ways to use the last pecan harvest, I decided to do an upgrade of my old pecan butter recipe.  It’s pretty delicious, and pretty easy to eat.  Because of that, a small batch is my best option.    So, this is a…