Cajun Green Beans and Brown Rice

Green Beans Brown Rice 1Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 banana pepper, deveined, and chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped – or a pinch of ground celery seed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups green beans, sliced on the diagonal
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t thyme
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/8 t ground white pepper
1/8 t cumin
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Garnish: 2 green onions, sliced, hot red pepper flakes Read More



Scalloped Jarlsberg Potatoes

Scalloped Jarlsberg potatoesIngredients:

2 T butter, unsalted
1/2 cup onion, grated or very finely chopped
2 T flour
1/4 t white pepper
1/8 t dried rosemary
2 C milk, whole is best, but you can use 2%. Do not use skim milk.
8 oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated
3 lbs red potatoes, skin on, less than perfect bits discarded, the remaining potato cut into 1/4 inch slices
paprika Read More




Buying and Prepping Bulb Onions

bulb onion

Bulb Onions

Sweet bulb onions look a little bit like green onions and scallions except for one thing – instead of a straight line from green to white or only a very small bulb, bulb onions have an obvious ping pong ball sized bulb at the end.

Scallions, also called green onions, are harvested before the bulb starts to form. Bulb onions are picked after the bulbs are  the size seen in the pic on the left.

When selecting bulb onions at the grocers look for onions that do not have soft squishy parts, split bulbs, or discoloration that can come either from age or poor handling during shipping. The greenery above should look freshly picked and be a beautiful deep green nearest the top, fading to light green as it reaches the bulb. Do not buy bulb onions if the greenery is browned or wilting. Read More


Mama’s Italian Beef Stew

mamas beef stew bowlIngredients:

3 lbs chuck roast or thick sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into large pieces
3 large white potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
5-6 (2 pounds) ripe tomatoes, well crushed by hand
3 stalks celery including leaves, cut into large pieces
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 t ground basil
1 t Mediterranean oregano
1/2 t ground black pepper
Salt to taste
2 T olive oil

Optional: hot red pepper flakes Read More


How to Bake a Potato

potatoes wiki

potatoes from Wikimedia Commons

Don’t pass on the potatoes because you are not quite sure if they are healthy or how to bake them. A mindfully confident home cook should be wise in the way of the spud.

Select the perfect potato!

Russets are usually used for baking because their flesh is more agreeable to the process and the skin will hold up when split in half to be slathered with whatever bit of deliciousness you want to add. Sweet potatoes make a delightful change from the ordinary spud. Buying and baking either kind is easy. Read More


Meatballs with Pork and Cream

Meatball Pork CreamIngredients:

2 slices of whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T finely minced onion
1 T ground garlic
1 T fresh parsley finely chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 lb lean ground grass fed beef
1 pound natural ground pork
1 cup Parmesan Reggiano, shredded Read More


Ratatouille with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

ratatouilleIngredients:

3 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t dried basil
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
2 twists of kosher salt
1 medium globe eggplant, cubed
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
2 banana peppers, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1inch strips
1 bell pepper, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1 inch strips
8 oz small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
2 T parsley, roughly chopped
1 t lemon juice Read More