Harissa Chicken with Leeks and Potatoes

I’ve discovered a new love: harissa!  I kept seeing it mentioned but didn’t even know what to look for, then I stumbled across a jar of it at one of our local Middle Eastern markets. It’s a Middle Eastern chili paste and I suspect the spice levels can vary a bit.  Then I bought Dinner: […]

Breaded Pork Chops (Lyonnaise) from Pure Simple Cooking

I really like this cookbook: Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day. I borrowed it from the library initially and then decided to buy it after trying a few recipes.  I like how it’s organized. The chapters include Chicken, Chops, Sausages, Leg of Lamb, Fish, Pasta, Greens and Herbs, Spring and Summer Veggies, Autumn and […]

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.  […]

Cooking from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless

Where to start? So far I’ve made a handful of recipes from Mexican Everyday and they’ve all been great.  I don’t know which was better last night, the grilled roadside chicken with roasted tomatillo salsa or the beans. The roadside chicken had a marinade of ancho chili powder, oregano, ground cloves, cinnamon, garlic, apple cider […]

Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen

I borrowed Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen from the library and have been having fun playing around with some new recipes or new versions of old favorites.   The first time I made the fried chicken it tasted good but the coating fell off too easily.  She mentioned using an electric skillet, which I didn’t have […]