Funky Monkey Baked Oatmeal

Posted by    |  October 3, 2011  |  Filed under: Home, Recipes

My daughter returned from sleepaway camp this summer raving about the baked oatmeal she had at camp. Can’t say I’d ever had such a thing. Curious, I took advantage of a 16-hour road trip from Chicago to New York to peruse recipes. I was pretty psyched at the possibility of anything new and exciting entering the breakfast rotation. Read more

Mustard and Panko Crusted Pork Chops

Posted by    |  February 23, 2010  |  Filed under: Home, Recipes

Oh, you are SO going to love the simplicity of this dish!  It smells absolutely amazing while it cooks- perfuming the house with the fragrance of mustard and thyme.  It is also delicious, of course.
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Chard Brunch Casserole

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes

This is one of my go-to recipes for brunch or even a light dinner. Read more

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes

DSC_0328Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, November 2008
Makes about 18 standard-sized muffins

I make these from the first change of the leaves in the fall until the snowdrops bloom.   Read more

Kale Chips

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes

DSC_0383Really? I mean, really? KALE CHIPS?!?

Yup. This is not like that recipe that the health nut mom with the hemp diaper bag gave you that you can only bring yourself to eat because they’re good for you. Kale chips are so good you’d want to eat ‘em even if they weren’t good for you.   Read more

Ultimate Baked Chicken Nuggets

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes


After about 18 months of experimenting, I finally got the baked chicken nuggets of my dreams.  They’re crunchy  and just fantastic.  I integrated the technique I use for Parmesan Grouper with what I had already been doing for these nuggets (which were good but still not perfect).  I now think they’re perfect, and that’s something I’d only say about, maybe 1 in 100 recipes. Read more

Rustic French Meatloaf

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes


Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, April 2009

When I first made this meatloaf and caught my family’s reaction, I knew this would likely be the kind of dish the kids would ask me to make when they come home from college for the weekend.  I’m not a big meatloaf lover but we all went crazy for it.   Read more

Acorn Squash Filled with Mushroom Orzo

Posted by    |  December 13, 2009  |  Filed under: Recipes


I developed a bit of a collection of acorn squash varieties as a consequence of getting lots of them in my winter CSA boxes.  They were so pretty in their oranges, greens, yellows and even speckles that I was enjoying them too much as kitchen ornamentation.   Read more