Chicken Chimichangas with a Green Chili Sauce – Baked

A chimichanga is a Mexican-American deep-fried burrito popular in Tex-Mex and Southwestern U.S. cuisine. However, with this recipe you bake the chimichangas making this a healthier dish. These burritos  are basically tortillas wrapped around various fillings such as this flavorful chicken mixture. Serve with Spicy Mexican Refried Beans and Mexican Rice…   I started to … Continue reading

Colcannon Potatoes for St. Paddy’s Day

Colcannon comes from the Gaelic term “cal ceannann” which means white-headed cabbage. The Irish tradition is to serve this as the main dish for Halloween festivities and is known as “Colcannon Night”. The introduction of this classic potato and cabbage dish in America has been served more commonly on St. Patrick’s Day. I looked at … Continue reading

Baked Cauliflower Hot Wings with a Dipping Sauce

A favorite vegetable becomes an appetizer dipping the florets in a  flavorful batter, baking them,  drizzling  with hot sauce and crisping them up under the broiler.  I do have to admit you do not get the crispy texture when you deep fry but they do have that great “hot wings” flavor and it is all … Continue reading

Cabbage and Noodles

Krautfleckerl, Haluski or just plain cabbage and noodles, this is a popular, simple, quick recipe which is easy on the budget and can be made to your taste. Different countries, regions within those countries and even individual families have their own recipe. There are basic ingredients such as cabbage, egg noodles, and onions (you could … Continue reading

Three Cheese Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole

This is really “twice-baked cauliflower” – like in twice baked potatoes with all the goodies. This is a healthier version of a summer favorite. You can substitute lower fat cheeses and even the sour cream without affecting the taste. If you want to use turkey bacon you will not get the fat needed to roast … Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower With Apple and Dill

Cauliflower is a favorite veggie and complemented with dill makes for a delicious side dish. Add some red onion and a good baking apple and your ordinary side dish becomes something special. This recipe comes from Chef Jerry Traunfeld of the Herbfarm Restaurant, located in the heart of wine country in Woodinville, Washington where he was … Continue reading

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