Enchanted By Mud Season

Enchanted by Mud Season

Sometimes, you are given a gift without even knowing you wanted one. It was early April when Dr. K sent me the email — half apologetic, a bit sheepish — that he had forgotten to cancel a planned week of vacation, after we'd nixed the plans months ago and decided not to go away. He was apologetic … [Read more...]

Pork Ragu with Green Chiles

Pork Ragu with Green Chiles

It's spring, supposedly, but outside my door the patio is slick with rain. I'm dreaming of moon-kissed summer nights where scents of flowers make me dizzy, but until then, there is warmth inside and comfort food beckons. Until the earth heats up again, making life in the kitchen too hot to handle, … [Read more...]

Green Chile Enchilada Chicken

Creamy enchilada sauce, gooey cheese, tender chicken, layers of flavor. What's not to love about Green Chile Enchilada Chicken.

I love chicken enchiladas as a concept food. The gooey cheese, that creamy sauce studded with spicy green chiles, the tender and juicy chicken, it all enchants me, but the problem is, I'm lazy. There are days when I'm not up for shredding and stuffing and rolling ingredients into corn tortillas. On … [Read more...]

Grilled Lamb Sirloin with Artichokes

Artichoke prepped

Sometimes having part of your meal pre-prepared is a blessing, allowing you to focus on creating side dishes. Here, grilled lamb sirloins with Butcher's Steakhouse Rub and Herb Garlic Rub from Mountain States Rosen USA Premium Quality Meats offer subtle flavoring that isn't overwhelming or too … [Read more...]

Did Twitter Trump Collies and Leisure?

Did Twitter Trump Collies and Leisure?

Ever since I jumped into the roiling waters of the Twitterverse about a year ago (feet first, nose plugged in disgust) I've been dog paddling, making tepid attempts to ride its waves, trying to conform and find solid ground in this fanciful world. Once in a while I submerge, add a few followers, … [Read more...]

Lamb Loin Chops with Rosemary Rub

Lamb Loin Chops with Rosemary Rub

Whether it's a Monday night, or you're entertaining friends over the weekend, it's always the right time for a quickly prepared dinner of pan-seared lamb chops. Let the chops sit and marinate in olive oil and rosemary for half an hour or so while you're tossing together an easy Greek salad and … [Read more...]

Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown

Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown

I was relieved to learn the other day that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had set into motion plans to retire their performing elephants, removing the gentle beasts from their shows by 2018. I have never enjoyed watching the elephants at the circus; instead of applauding their … [Read more...]

Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken

Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken

There are so many reasons why simple combinations make life better. Robin's egg blue and brown. Roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate. Martinis and raw oysters. Are you getting my drift? I hope so, because lemon, garlic and thyme are THE BEST of THE BEST, in the individual things category, … [Read more...]