Cooking · Dinner

ratatouille and fruit crisp

Over last weekend I made two of my favorite dishes when fresh ingredients are available. Ratatouille and fruit crisp! Two perfect summer foods. Made even better that the ratatouille was mostly made from fresh vegetables from our family’s garden: The Japanese eggplants were from Whole Foods. The zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers (cucumbers did not…… Continue reading ratatouille and fruit crisp

Cooking · Dinner

A weekend of soup

Hi there blog readers. Another weekend in New England, another snow storm in New England – that should be the new saying around here! It started snowing around 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon and it is 6:30 in the evening the following day – and guess what? It is still snowing! I am fine with it,…… Continue reading A weekend of soup



So the Olympics have only been on TV for four days (I am not counting the opening ceremonies – although I guess I should, because I stayed up really late watching those, too) and I am exhausted! I cannot go to sleep if the Olympics are on. I used to always be on vacation when…… Continue reading Tomorrow

Cooking · Dinner

Ratatouille with Penne…

a la Jacques Pépin. I love his recipe, but I usually change it around a bit. Today I had to change it because the market I went to this afternoon did not have eggplant. Eggplant is definitely a summer item, but I saw a few at Whole Foods the other day… so I was hoping.…… Continue reading Ratatouille with Penne…


Ratatouille via Pepin

Hi readers – Have you ever had one of those nights where the entire evening just gets away from you? Wow, that totally happened to me last night. I ran a couple of errands on my way home from work, sat out on the deck and talked with Mark about our days, and before I…… Continue reading Ratatouille via Pepin

Cooking · Dinner

I’m baaacckk..!

Hey All – I’m back. Sort of. Physically I have returned from vacation, mentally I’m still trying to get back to my normal routine. Being on vacation for almost six days (who’s counting?? 🙂 ) was simply amazing. I loved every moment of it, and I wish I was still on vacation!! But I am…… Continue reading I’m baaacckk..!


I wanted to bake….

When I left for work today, I really was excited to come home and bake something tonight. I could not decide what to make. I was deciding between a ‘no kneed bread’ from Bittman, blueberry scones from America’s Test Kitchen or something I had yet to discover. First I had to get through my day…… Continue reading I wanted to bake….