Roast Chicken with Peaches, Honey & Lavender

With fresh peaches from the farmer’s market and lavender from my yard, this roast chicken from Diana Henry’s A Bird in the Hand: Chicken recipes for every day and every mood was fantastic! I don’t often think to cook fruit with meat but this dish will definitely be repeated. The chicken was moist and flavorful […]

Chicken and Rice Recipe Italian Style

This Chicken and Rice Recipe was my first “fall” dish, as it cooled off a little yesterday evening and I felt like something warm and comforting. I’ve made this enough times that the page in the cookbook (Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy) is wrinkled and splattered and I’ve almost got it memorized. I see […]

Chicken and Avocado Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise

I don’t normally post something as simple as a sandwich but this one is worth the effort.  The main goodness — and very easy to do — is the herb mayonnaise.  Adding some dried dill, tarragon and basil really added a lot of flavor! The other new-to-me thing was to add green onions, sliced lengthwise.  […]

Pacific Lime Chicken from Pure Simple Cooking

These chicken thighs are marinated in soy sauce, honey and lime juice, then baked.  Cutting slashes in the underside of the chicken helps the marinade penetrate, even if you only marinate for fifteen minutes or so while the oven preheats. I checked Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day by Diana Henry out from the […]

Banh Mi Sandwiches

My friend Marnie introduced me to banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese sandwiches with pickled daikon and carrot slivers, sliced cucumber, cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers and your choice of protein. It’s hard to say what exactly makes them so delicious! The combination of sweet and pickled flavors, crunchy and soft textures–and they’re pretty to look at, too!  […]