It was one of those days I was in the mood for shrimp. But not just any shrimp dish. Something comforting and warm. If you know me you’re saying “Of course, that’s how she decides what she’s making”. I think it’s the result of lots of interactions with people from high school. High school always reminds me of delicious Italian food. Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo was the dish of choice. Continue reading “Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo”
Monday is May Day, another celebration of Spring. I know I’m really pushing this Spring thing. The idea of May Day is believed to have begun with the agricultural rituals of the Greeks and Romans. So in honor of May Day I’m making one of my favorite Greek dishes, Spanakopita or Greek spinach pie. Continue reading “Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)”
April 24th is Sechseläuten in Zurich and I thought with all of the beautiful Spring weather we’ve had we should partake in this Spring festival even though we’re not in Zurich. And you know me what better way to celebrate than with food and what better than a classic Swiss dish like Cheese Fondue. Continue reading “Easy Cheese Fondue”
Blintzes are a decadent sweet European dessert filled with a delicious sweet cheese mixture or fruit. It’s extremely rich and delicious and even though it’s decadent it isn’t hard to make. This cheese blintz with raspberry sauce is the perfect Easter dessert. Actually, it’s the perfect anytime dessert.
Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms is one of my favorite Italian dishes. This dish holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of some of the best times in high school. The end the softball season (also the end of the school year). But at the end of the season, the coach would treat the team to dinner. Those were great times and this dish makes me reminisce on the good ol’ days.
St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and I wanted to make something different to celebrate the holiday. I always make corned beef and cabbage so that was out. Then I remembered the Irish Pub hubby and I went to while we were in Maine. We ended up in a conversation with another couple and I remember the husband saying that he was happy with a dish as long as the potatoes were good. That’s right the cornerstone of any good Irish dish is the potato. And you can’t get more pure than a potato galette. It’s straight up potatoes and butter. Which means it’s so delicious.
Pasta puttanesca is not a dish I would typically make. Though now that I think about, I should. Why is it not a dish I’d make at home? Because it has anchovies in it. I used to not like anchovies. But I’m coming around to it. And this pasta puttanesca with shrimp is one of the most simple and delicious dishes ever.
The first time I had French food was in Quebec, Canada on a trip with the international club. There I was, in a French speaking city not knowing a lick of French. Luckily, I was with a bunch of people that spoke French and so I was in very good hands. One night for dinner, I ordered Boeuf Bourguignon also known as Beef Burgundy. There are so many aspects of this dish that I love. The rich layers of flavor, the tenderness of the beef. It’s an extremely hearty dish that’s like a nice warm hug.
In our home we are very thoughtful about raising our children to be knowledgable about people and the world around them. One way we do that is to educate our children about different people and places through books and experiences. Well one day at the library my mini me picks out a book. “The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes.” We read the book and inside there was a recipe for latkes. So you know what we had to do right? We had to make latkes.
What is Tuscan? I’ve always wanted to know what that meant when Chefs said it. And after a bit of research and lots of cooking, I realized that Tuscan just means delicious and simple. The Tuscans are called the bean eaters so this dish is wholly appropriate. They utilize herbs and just a few simple ingredients to make their dishes. And isn’t that the best food? Something that is simple, rustic and hearty? Something that reminds you of home without all the anxiety and effort? I think that’s why I like this Tuscan White Bean and Pancetta sauté. It’s effortless, enjoyable and extremely tasty. It’s savory and filling. Which of course, is a necessity in comfort food. Because sometimes it’s not just the feeling you get from the food but the enjoyment of making it.