• Friday Round Up

    Friday Round-Up-Biscotti and More

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks so I haven’t had time to post much on the site but thought I’d give a quick Friday round-up on this last one in June. Before I forget, I thought I’d give these goodies a mention. The company’s PR team kindly sent me some to sample and I loved them, especially the cranberry variety. Here’s some background info on them and also the company has some possible giveaways, details on how to enter below- Nonni’s THINaddictives are a unique, tasty treat made with wholesome, antioxidant-rich ingredients like crunchy California almonds, savory pistachios, succulent cranberries and delicate cinnamon swirls. Conveniently packaged with six pre-portioned,…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Ricotta and Dill Mouse with Roasted Asparagus

    This recipe is part inspired by last week’s CSA box. and the other half a tub of ricotta sitting in the fridge. My first thought was to combine the asparagus and dill in a soup but then opted to use the ricotta and came up with this idea. It’s quick and easy to put together. Combine it with toasted English muffins and I think it makes a perfect supper for a summer evening. 1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed salt/pepper olive oil 1 15 ounce tub of ricotta cheese (I used whole milk variety) 4 eggs 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like or have on…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    Cooking With Herbs-Chives

    This post should really be called what to do with a bumper crop of chives. I hate wasting anything, especially food, so when I saw that this year’s chive crop was more than I could handle in one afternoon of drying and freezing, I had to get creative. Here are some ideas I came up with- Think Holiday Gifts I used to make four or five different flavored vinegars each summer but haven’t done it in a long time. This year I decided to try it again. As you might have guessed first one, chive vinegar. It’s simple to do and you can use old bottles that once housed things…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Mediterranean Wontons with Honey Balsamic Drizzle

    Sometimes a recipe comes together when you open the fridge and see items that makes you think, hey, how about combining these. That’s what happened when I had a package of cream cheese and wonton wrappers sitting side by side on the shelf. I didn’t buy them with any intent to use them in the same meal but I like to experiment and I think combining the them with two of my pantry favorites, sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, makes for a perfect for light summer lunch, or even evening entertaining- Ingredients: 1 8 ounce package cream cheese 2 tablespoon dried basil ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, (not packed in oil),…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-CSA Box Number One and A Bumper Crop of Chives

    Last week saw the first of this year’s CSA box. Due to the weather this week’s box of goodies was canceled. I used the lettuce for salads, made the garlic chives into a dressing by following the recipe from the menu planning service we get free with our CSA membership. The salad recipe contained chick peas (this was the vegetarian version versus the one with the smoked trout and lowered the cost), eggs, and roasted asparagus which made a tasty combo with the chive dressing. The cilantro I dried for later use. And speaking of chives, seems my herb garden has a bumper crop of them this year. I’m making…

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    June Savings

    Here are Georgine’s tips for saving big in June- June is a great time to stretch your dollars with lots of seasonal sales. Father’s day, graduations, weddings, and summer all mean lots of savings. Look for tools, shirts, ties, suits, and gym memberships for Dad. For your summer fun swim suit prices are dropping which is great for us on the East coast because we have barely hit the beach. For the bride, lingerie stores will be having annual sales (Victoria’s Secret in particular). Lots of electronics and tech sales can be found for graduates, plus mattresses and furniture to decorate their new living quarters. No matter what type of…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-‘Steak’ and Onion Tacos with Coriander and Lime Sour Cream

    One important thing I’ve learned from using vegetables as the star of a meal is they need lots of slow cooking to enhance their flavor. And while I’ll tell you this dish is quick to put together, if you’re willing to spend an extra ten or fifteen minutes cooking the onions and mushrooms, the payoff is a tasty treat. Once again Portobello mushrooms take the place of steak in these tacos, slow cooked until they’re golden. The topping is sour cream with coriander and lime which I think adds a touch of sharpness to the sweet taste of the caramelized onions, and a little coolness to calm the heat of…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Rice and Mushroom Salad with Blue Cheese

    It’s not quite summer but a few weeks ago I thought about meals I’d like to create when the weather turns hot and humid. During those days the last thing I want to do is spend lots of time in the kitchen, yet eating something delicious is still a must. I thought about a rice salad but that didn’t sound very exciting. So I came up with this recipe where marinated mushrooms and blue cheese give bland tasting rice the needed kick. 1 1/2 cups washed and sliced mushrooms (I used baby bellas) 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped…