July 24, 2021 Beefy Eggplant Parmigiana

About this time every year we face the challenge of using the remaining produce canned or frozen from last year.  There are a few freezer bags of tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, peppers, and kale taking up real estate in the deep freezer from 2020.  There are still several jars of pickled banana peppers and chutney fromContinue reading “July 24, 2021 Beefy Eggplant Parmigiana”

July 23, 2021 Air-Fried Herb-Crusted Salmon with Zucchini Curls

We had a nice piece of salmon thawed in the meat drawer of the fridge that I wanted to prepare tonight for dinner.  And of course we have all this zucchini.  I am challenging myself to come up with creative, delicious, novel ways to serve up this vegetable – after all I don’t want toContinue reading “July 23, 2021 Air-Fried Herb-Crusted Salmon with Zucchini Curls”

July 22, 2021 Chicken and Avocado Salsa

For tonight’s dinner I pulled a couple of chicken breasts from the freezer and put them in the roaster to thaw. James offered to grill them and that sounded like a good idea but he is so busy putting up the siding to our house that I didn’t want him to take the time outContinue reading “July 22, 2021 Chicken and Avocado Salsa”

A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 11 God or the Ego

V. The “Dynamics” of the Ego 1-6 No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected. There is no need to shrink from illusions, for they cannot be dangerous.  We are ready to look more closely at the ego’s thought system because together weContinue reading “A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 11 God or the Ego”

“Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie 2 cups half-and-half 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard 8 large eggs ½ pound extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated ½ pound Gruyère cheese, grated In a small saucepan, heat the half-and-half over medium-lowContinue reading

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake is here. Moist, chocolaty perfection. This is the chocolate cake you’ve been dreaming of!— Read on thestayathomechef.com/the-most-amazing-chocolate-cake/ Zachary chose this recipe for his birthday cake this year. We had so much fun putting this together. We chose to make the 2/3 recipe because a three layer cake seemed like tooContinue reading “The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake”

Happy New Year!

There are two New Year’s Day traditions in our house. James must have his black-eyed peas and I must have pork and sauerkraut. Ever since 1997, we have been enjoying both the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Southern dishes on New Year’s Day, and it is something that we both look forward to with a greatContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

When Gumbo Calls My Name

I never heard of gumbo or even okra for that matter before visiting New Orleans back in the early 90’s. I was there with a friend and while he attended conferences, I met a fun-loving woman from Connecticut whose husband was attending the same conferences. Although I forget her last name, I will forever beContinue reading “When Gumbo Calls My Name”