Category Archives: Main Dishes

Asparagus Ribbon Salad

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“Mama… Look at all of the asparagusses!! Can I pick them?”

This summer is going to be the summer of the garden, though it’s not exactly my garden.

For the past few years, we’ve had a small garden in our backyard. I’ve grown a few tomatoes, peppers, and herbs in three small raised beds. But, this year, we’ll be gardening on a slightly larger scale. Continue Reading

Turkey Potpie with Leeks, Apples, and Cranberries

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Sometimes I crave cooking.

No, I’m not talking about craving food.

Sure, I like to eat. But, for me, I find the process of creating a new dish, something that requires a few steps and some creativity, to be far more fulfilling than actually eating it.

Everything seems to slow down a bit when I’m in the kitchen. There’s something therapeutic about chopping and sauteeing, mixing and stirring.

I love to breath  in the aroma of butter browning and listen to the sound of leeks sizzling away in the skillet. Freshly chopped sage serves as aromatherapy like no bottled fragrance can. Working cold butter into flour with my fingertips melts away the stress of the day.

Yes, it’s true that we always need to eat. But, sometimes, I just need to cook. Continue Reading

How I Cook: Croissant, Egg, and Cheese Casserole with Kale

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Time changes a lot of things… Including tastes.

I remember a dish that my mom used to make when I was a kid… She called it “Oven Cheese Fondue.” I remember her being excited when she made it, but I wasn’t a fan. That’s putting it mildly.

I have no idea where the recipe came from (and I haven’t consulted my mother prior to writing this), but, if my memory serves me well, it was a casserole of eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. I’m sure there were other seasonings and flavors in there, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that at the time. I was more concerned with eating a casserole that contained soggy bread (which, in my mother’s defense, was probably not soggy… I was particularly picky about textures as a kid). And, the parts that weren’t soggy? Well, they were too crunchy. Obviously. Continue Reading

How I Cook: Balsamic Cider Glazed Salmon with Rosemary

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Hey, guess what!

I love to cook.

No, really… I love to cook.

You’re likely reading this thinking, “Ok, Jen… Good for you.” Or, perhaps, you’re even thinking, “It’s a good thing you like to cook, Jen… You’re a food blogger.”

Yup, I am. And, that’s why I’m finding it so amazing that I love to cook. Continue Reading