Posted at 8:53 am , on March 18, 2014
A few warm days is all I need to get in the mood for Springtime. Any day with sunshine and above 50 degrees is a day to be outdoors and watch the Robins that have just returned home. It’s a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner when the trees begin to bud and my outdoor herbs start to break through the ground. I think of lemons in Springtime with the colors of sunshine. Some fresh squeezed lemonade would be refreshing but what I really wanted was some sorbet. Along with a bag of lemons, I found some bright red strawberries to add to the mix for a Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet. A frozen treat that was not too tart and not too sweet.
Posted at 8:38 am , on March 14, 2014
In need of some comfort food, I’ve got the perfect dish. A bowl of chicken cacciatore with some creamy polenta will make you feel right at home. It’s one of the most flavorful dishes you could make and the chicken practically falls off the bone. So easy to make, everything goes together in a dutch oven to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. I love it with a side of creamy polenta but it depends on the mood. The spicy tomato gravy is so delicious you can pair it with pasta, rice or even mashed potatoes. Continue reading
Posted at 8:59 am , on March 11, 2014
A few years ago California Pizza Kitchen had a steak pizza on the menu that had seasoned steak and green chile. It was my favorite pizza with a thinner crust, spicy tomato sauce with freshly roasted chiles and seared steak. No longer available, I decided to make my own version. The perfect sauce would have been Rotel tomato sauce, but turns out it’s been discontinued too, can’t find it anywhere. Oh Rotel . . . how could you, I loved that sauce and used it for many of my recipes, what to do now? I had to find an alternative which I did after a trip to the Mexican market. In the end it all came together with a new thinner crust that had a light crunch in every bite and tasty pieces of seared steak and roasted chiles. It’s definitely a keeper and staying on my menu! Continue reading