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Recipe: Veggie Home Fries

I was recently at a 24-hour “restaurant” (read: casino eatery) at brunch time and I ordered an omelet.  Included with my meal, as with many casual restaurant breakfasts, were very poorly cooked home fries.  They tasted more like soggy potato chips and it got me thinking about where and why this delicious concept took such […]

Recipe: Spicy Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

I don’t discriminate against any type of fast food – I think there’s a time and place for everything.  However, in my opinion, most Chinese Takeout is oily and bland.  It’s not even that comforting – and when you can’t tell a difference between Cashew Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken, it’s a bad sign. The […]

Recipe: Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

For many people, Brussels sprouts got a bad rap since they were kids.  I might even go so far as to say they are one of the most unpopular vegetables.  And honestly, I can sympathize.  Not only are they easy to overcook but when they start to get just a little mushy, Brussels sprouts release […]

Recipe: Polenta Cakes with Wild Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese

I love polenta for its versatility and ability to compliment different ingredients and flavors.  Polenta is simply ground cornmeal and this dish can be made with a coarse grind, a finer grind, blue cornmeal (native to Navajo Indians), or even white cornmeal (native to Africa). I prefer stone ground cornmeal, which preserves some of the […]

Recipe: Butternut Squash Sauté

Until a couple years ago, I had no idea that the skin of butternut squash is edible.  It doesn’t taste like much but when you want an easy way to cook squash, just slice it in half, remove the seeds and chop – it’ll be ready to cook in less than 5 minutes! Cooking at […]