Yin Yang Beans

The ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang is a concept used to describe how  opposite forces are in actuality complimentary to each other. It is believed that everything has both yin and yang aspects and it is important for these forces to be balanced. It has been mentioned that the first references to yin and … Continue reading

Cauliflower and Pasta Shells in a Fontina Cheese Sauce

I recently received Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, “Cooking for Jeffrey”. I mean how sweet is this to publish recipes she cooks for Jeffrey and  their friends.  Now why didn’t I think of that – “Cooking for Gene” hmmmm 🙂 This is Ina’s 10th cookbook and yes I have the other 9. She is a New York … Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Cauliflower is a favorite vegetable and when I read “roasted” and “stir-fry” I knew this would be a great recipe. I have adapted this from: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/05/easy-roasted-cauliflower-stir-fry/ I am sharing this recipe with Angie, Antonia and Sandhya over at Fiesta Friday #139.   Can you see the steam flowing out of the cauliflower dish in two of … Continue reading

Salt Blocks for Serving, Cooking and a Few Recipes

Salt blocks and other salt mediums such as bowls and cups are a unique means of serving and preparing all kinds of recipes such as beverages, desserts, salads, grilled veggies, meat and fish. There are six techniques you can use with your salt blocks; serving, warming, curing, cooking, chilling and drinking. Mineral richness and amazing … Continue reading

Fried Shallot Condiments

When you want a slight onion flavor, a little crispness to your sandwich or maybe a salad fry up some of these tasty morsels.  

Roasted Shallots

I love roasting all kinds of vegetables but never roasted shallots. I had some shallots left over from making fried rings and decided to give these a try. The idea comes from Bon Appetit!

Red Cabbage and Green Beans

These are two favorite vegetables that I usually eat by themselves but never together. When I saw this recipe I thought it was a great idea to combine the two.  Just delicious with my sauerkraut apple latkes and pork tenderloin.

Steamed Vegetables

I love stir-fry vegetables, however it is nice to fix them in a healthier way such as steaming them.   The idea appeared in “Cook Healthy” and it had all of the right ingredients so I figured I would give it a go.