No New Recipes This Week!

Things are changing. I’m transferring Simply Sophisticated Cooking from the WordPress free platform to a self-hosted platform this week. So I’m sorry to say, there will not be any new recipes or posting this week because I cannot make any changes to the blog at the same time I’m transferring the content. The change is…

Fig, Blue Cheese, Basil and Pancetta on Rocket Salad

Nothing tastes as good as biting into a picked straight-from-the-tree ripe fig warmed by the afternoon sun. Well at least, at that moment in time, nothing tastes better. Wrapping figs in prosciutto or other thinly sliced cured meats and pairing them with honey, balsamic vinegar, nuts and fresh herbs is one of my favorite ways to eat…

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

It’s time for another re-post from Bags & Biscuits about our Moroccan adventures. This time, we’re visiting Morocco for a little mint tea. How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea Ahhhh, finally, another civilized country. One that drinks tea instead of coffee. I’m a tea drinker. David is a coffee drinker. And while Morocco serves coffee,…

Authentic Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza pronta! Hubby and I heard those words ring out many times over the course of our stay at Casa San Carlo in Monteleone d’Orivetto, Umbria, Italy. Wednesday night each week is pizza night when the guests and staff get together, surround the 800-degree brick pizza oven and make pizzas. I’ve used the same pizza dough…

A Dozen Recipes for Labor Day Weekend Cooking

While fall officially arrives on September 22nd, the unofficial goodbye to summer in the US is Labor Day weekend. The kids are back in school and Labor Day is the last hot three-day holiday weekend until Thanksgiving. Labor Day’s origins are about celebrating the American worker’s contribution to society, although I’m not sure the idea…

Mussels in Saffron White Wine Sauce

One of my favorite types of seafood is mussels; so being in Ireland was quite a treat. Mussels are common and very inexpensive. One kilo costs less than 4 euros. The conversion of 4 euros to dollars is around $4.40. So they are very inexpensive, compared to Denver, where they usually cost around $4 per…

Guinness Lamb and Parsnip Cottage Pie

After spending two months in Dublin, Ireland, one cannot help but be influenced by the food. Cabbage, potatoes, seafood, lamb, Irish butter and Guinness are just a few of the commonly used Irish ingredients that inspired me. It’s not to get excited when I talk about Ireland. This green country produces some of the best…

Stewed Chicken with Saffron

Here’s another repost from Bags & Biscuits. Food inspired by our month long stay in Lisbon, Portugal. I have to admit that we miss Portugal and are looking forward to going back. I do see that I need to rephotograph the photos on this one. That will come soon! I hope you enjoy this very…

Vegetarian Buckwheat and Black Bean Chili

I didn’t realize until traveling to Europe and Morocco, how underutilized whole grains, or cereals as the Europeans call them, are in the diets of Americans. Or the hubby’s and my diet. Barley, millet, rye, buckwheat, farro, whole wheat couscous, whole corn, quinoa, sorghum, whole oats, rice and bulgar wheat are all whole grains. The…

Spice Up Your Game Day With These 12 Wing Sauce Recipes

“Are you ready for some football?” That’s right, NFL football season is here once again and it’s time to worry about having the perfect game day snacks. And no game day is complete without chicken wings, one of the most popular game day foods. Wings are so popular, the National Chicken Council claims, Americans eat…

Eat Your “Ugly” Fruits and Vegetables

I have exciting news to share. Recently, Huffington Post accepted me as a contributor. My first piece “10 Ways to Make “Ugly” Fruits and Vegetables Beautiful” is live. I hope that you are as excited as I am. Here’s an excerpt for your reading pleasure and of course you can read the whole article on Huffington…

How to Avoid Food Poisoning While Traveling

While this is not a recipe post, avoiding food poisoning is so important at any time. Including when you travel. Not only are you in a new place, but dealing with the side affects of food poisoning is nasty. It can ruin a vacation or any experience. I’ve had food poisoning so bad from a…