Jun27

Quick Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls

Boy, has it been a LONG week … For the second time in three weeks I have gone AWOL, and I am sorry for that.  I was hoping that after my last bout of family related drama things would quiet down, but it was not to be.  Last week my father was feeling a little funny, and his blood pressure was pretty high, so he went to the hospital.  After testing they found that he would need bypass surgery … sooner rather than later.  He...

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Mar07

Five-Spice Beef Stir-Fry

There was a cooking program that I used to love called Simply Magic. It is an Australian cooking show presented by Kylie Kwong and it features Chinese food.  Her recipes are healthy, made with fresh ingredients, and they are attainable in a home kitchen.  Needless to say… I adore her.  It was while watching her show that I saw a recipe for Chicken Fillets with Honey and Ginger.  I made them the very next day and they were...

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Oct15

Bacon Dressed Green Beans

I have the secret for making EVERY vegetable, as long as you are a carnivore, taste better. It is not a very well kept secret, since EVERYONE knows about bacon.  This recipe started out as green bean bundles from a cookbook I borrowed from my mother.  The beans were blanched then slow roasted which left them limp and unpleasantly mushy.  I prefer my green beans to be slightly al dente, or tender crisp, but I loved the flavors in the...

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Sep13

Paneer Potato Cakes

In the last few months I have discovered a few new ingredients that I absolutely love! The first of these is a spice called asafoetida, a deeply pungent smelling spice that, when cooked, adds a smooth onion flavor.   A little of this spice makes a big difference as far as complexity of flavor is concerned.  The other ingredient is chickpea flour.  I was inspired to try this from a cooking show where the presenter made sweet potato...

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Aug16

Chocolate Dipped Lime Cardamom Cookies

When it is hot out I find lime to be most refreshing. Even in cookie form, lime flavored treats seem to taste the best when the temperature outside starts to soar.  We are in the middle of a heat wave in the Dallas area, so I am all about refreshing at the moment.  Since I was making cookies with lime I decided to add a little cardamom to the cookies.  The floral citrus flavor of cardamom punches up both the flavor and the aroma of...

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