CCC -a ragout, a toastie, and a gratin

This month's Cottage Cooking Club selections included quite a few yummy-sounding dishes. I have to say, I'm a bit proud of myself, since I committed to two, but made three. And I'm so happy I did! Just as I am getting settled in to my house in Sedona, it's the time of year when work starts ramping … Continue reading CCC -a ragout, a toastie, and a gratin

CCC – September – a month of make-ups and re-visits!

This month for the Cottage Cooking Club, we had another "make-up" or even "revisit" month. I ended up doing a little of both. To start, I was so inspired by my fellow club members who raved about last month's Summer garden lentils niçoise, that I decided I just had to make it. Well, I did. And it … Continue reading CCC – September – a month of make-ups and re-visits!

ffwd – the “aha” moment (aka, the top 5)

For the next several weeks, the participants in French Fridays with Dorie will be exploring our experiences over the past several years to answer a few interesting questions. This week's challenge is to "choose your favorite, loved the most, best recipe in FFWD to share this week and tell Why? Also share with us your Top … Continue reading ffwd – the “aha” moment (aka, the top 5)

ffwd – chanterelles with napa and nuts

The photo of the chanterelle mushrooms is one of the enticing things about this recipe. They are indeed beautiful. I was even able to find some. Of course, they are wildly expensive, so I decided to make this more of a mixed wild mushroom dish. I opted to use some fresh shitakes and a few … Continue reading ffwd – chanterelles with napa and nuts

ffwd – creamy mushrooms and eggs

Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way over the past few months. I was remodeling the exterior of my house, and then it was the holidays. Then my Dad's health went downhill and we lost him in March. Of course (at least for me) with Easter comes hope and renewal. One of the big things … Continue reading ffwd – creamy mushrooms and eggs

ffwd – herb-speckled spaetzle

This was a recipe that I was a bit indifferent about. I remember my Dad liking spaetzle (and schnitzel - one of my favorite words!), because he traveled to Germany a lot for business when I was a kid. And while it wasn't unknown in my part of the midwest, it just didn't ever hit … Continue reading ffwd – herb-speckled spaetzle

ffwd – chicken, apples, and cream a la normande

This week's recipe is a classic French one. I know that Julia Child has many recipes for chicken with cream. But this one has ingredients that I really love, apples, mushrooms, Calvados! I've never made it before; either Dorie's recipe, or Julia's; mainly because it's probably not that good for me (though worse than other … Continue reading ffwd – chicken, apples, and cream a la normande