12 Easy Last Minute Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the December holidays are not far behind, so I decided to compile a list of some quick and easy side dishes that you can make at the last-minute and still impress your mother-in-law. 1.¬†Buttery, Warm Southern Cornbread Just sweet enough to make everyone happy. Just make sure you…

Celery, Carrot and Fennel Bean Stew

Finally, a recipe from Italy! Going to Italy is confirmation of my love for food. Italy equals good food. There just is no other way to say it. Of course, you can find crappy food there, but it is rare and most often because you did not avoid the tourist areas and the chain restaurants….

Back to the Basics: Vinaigrettes

I am not ready for Valentine’s Day yet but when looking at the calendar, I find it seems to be right around the corner. Time to get a nice romantic meal planned out for my wonderful Hubby. Fortunately, he will be home that weekend. He has been working out-of-town for weeks now, making it hard…

Back to the Basics: Roux

Roux is am important part of cooking for me. It is the beginning of the b√©chamel sauce that makes my mac-n-cheese thick and creamy. It thickens my soups and green chili. It is also the base to beautiful gravies. Roux simply is a combination of equal parts liquid fat to flour. The purist version is…

Back to the Basics: Stock, No Recipe Needed

Happy New Year Everyone! I decided to take it back to the basics for at least the month of January, maybe longer. It seems we all get so caught up in trying to get everything done in a timely manner that we forget to learn how to do the basics well. Things like making stock,…