Brined Boneless Pork Loin Roast with Rhubarb-Cherry Port Sauce

Boneless Pork Loin Roast with Rhubarb-Cherry Port Sauce -

I always make a point of cooking at least a few dishes with new spring ingredients before they give way to summer’s bounty.  Asparagus, of course.  Fresh, feisty greens; yes.  And then there is rhubarb.  I’m not sure I ever had rhubarb until I began eating seasonally as an adult.  It did not hold rank amongst any desserts in my childhood home.  I think I had a slice of Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie at a friend’s house but all I remember was the consistency was chunky and unlike any other pie I’d … CONTINUE READING

Slow Cooker Lemon-Ginger Sipping Broth

Slow Cooker Lemon-Ginger Vegetable Sipping Broth -

Today I have a simple little recipe.  Probably not something you’d make all the time, but something that is just right when you want it. As digitally as I shift from hearty soups to salad when the temperature changes, I find myself pining in the spring for something warm that isn’t coffee or tea, or serious soup.  I just want something warm and light to sip.  We’ve just had a week of hard driving rain and a celebratory dump of snow on Mother’s Day, however my food cravings have made the … CONTINUE READING

Brooklyn Avenue Sandwich {Pastrami, Cole Slaw, Russian Dressing & Rye}

Brooklyn Avenue Sandwich {Pastrami, Cole Slaw, Russian Dressing, Rye} -

About 3 or 4 years ago when my son was still in elementary school, I was working on a project with a few teachers.  After meeting one-on-one with the only male teacher in our school, a young, hip, highly coveted teacher by the students, he asked me if I watched Mad Men.  I didn’t.  He said I really reminded him of one of the characters in the show.  Not watching it I did not think to ask which one. Fast forward to today.  I’ve just spent the last two weeks immersed in the 1960’s, binge … CONTINUE READING

Vermouth-Braised Lemon Chicken Legs & a Le Creuset Giveaway!

Vermouth-Braised Lemon Chicken Legs -

Spring is a time of newness and rebirth.  It sounds cliché but I definitely feel the seasonal shift in a way that makes me want to spruce up my house and garden, take on new projects and learn new things.  Though I typically leave no stone unturned, seize the day and never miss an opportunity, I too have a bucket list.  I generally don’t believe in these types of list, feeling they can act as a crutch to avoid taking the world by the tail in the moment, but I simply don’t have enough time in a … CONTINUE READING

Three Berry Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits

Three Berry Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits -

We have been having a rainy, foggy start to spring.  It’s welcome, don’t get me wrong, though unusual.  Normally we soak up the sun on brighter days and cross our fingers the snow is gone for now.  Mother’s Day is the arbitrary safe planting date even though we could still get some flakes in May. It’s been a cozy week in between showers.  I realize I’m a bit of a human battery; boundless energy when the sun is out, and happy to hunker down indoors when it is gray outside.  Mentally I have … CONTINUE READING

Cream Cheese Bacon Salsa Spread with Black Bean Crackers {gluten-free}

Cream Cheese Bacon Salsa spread with Black Bean crackers gluten-free -

Can I make a confession?  Despite loving great food, if I could eat cheese, crackers and a glass of wine for dinner, I’d be a happy camper.  My earliest memories of crackers were at adult parties.  Reserved exclusively for the adults with fancy spreads or topped with tidy slices of cheese while the kids were dismissed downstairs with an alternative non-memorable snack.  Crackers seemed like ‘fancy food’, not to be eaten outside of an ‘occasion’. Times have changed and the world of crackers … CONTINUE READING