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Aunt Joan’s Zucchini Boats

I like to say that I grew up “summering” in eastern Iowa. Forget the Cape or some lakeside retreat, my memories of summer involve loads of cousins, green lawns and hills to run around on, sprinklers, pools, tractors, and family. I have such great memories that, to this day, the smell of manure and pork […]

I Can Tell That We Are Going to be Friends

The Story of Lamb Barbacoa This last week or so has been filled with friends – new and old – and thus has been a highlight of the summer. An old friend from my grade school days in Houston was in town for work…and needed a few party platters – what are the odds on […]

Grilled Romaine

Grilled romaine? Really, grilled lettuce? Yes! So easy, so quick. The grill adds a slightly smoky flavor to the lettuce and just slightly wilts the leaves. It’s perfect for a Caesar Salad and also works great with other strong flavors like bleu cheese and bacon. Add a piece of grilled chicken or steak to the […]

Boatloads of Basil

Every time I see loads of basil springing from my garden or the markets, I think – basil, tomato, mozzarella. Sandwich or salad? The classic combination never gets old for me. But, given the enormous amounts of basil screaming to be picked from my garden, I needed to think up something new to try. I […]

Clara’s Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Aaah!  This post is long overdue.  I took a quick trip to Texas to visit my family which prompted a minor state of depression after returning to a snowstorm from the land of blooming azaleas and temps that start with a 7.  I was also in the midst of making some 11th hour changes to my commercial […]

A Weekend with Carnitas

I think I’ve grown a snout. I was looking for something to do with a giant pork picnic roast I picked up at Smedberg’s, decided on carnitas, and have been enjoyed the tender but crispy meat in all sorts of dishes for days.  Then, without thinking much, I order a BLT for lunch yesterday?  My […]