Just in time for the holidays – Simple pear tart

I disappeared again, it seems, but I didn’t disappear too far.  However, the holidays will drag me back into the spotlight.  Thanksgiving meant a lot of food was made to be eaten, and as usual, I tend to be in charge of desserts.  Now in my family, there are several people with diabetes and other…

Hey now. There’ll be naan o’that. Naan bread on a griddle.

Bread is life, so they say.  When we want to communicate with others and have long meaningful conversations, we call it “breaking bread” with someone.  Bread, for many of us, is a staple we would rather never do without.  It makes us feel whole; it makes us feel at peace, at home; that all is…

Make no bones about it: Buffalo chicken breasts and homemade fries

The Roommate and I like to sometimes go to Wing Stop.  We love their boneless wing deals because there’s more meat and we don’t have to fight with the bones.  We love the spicy wings, the garlic parmesan, Hawaiian, teriyaki, hickory bbq…these are just really good.  However, they’re also costly, and it’s a few streets…

Let me give you a quiche: Chicken and mushroom quiche

I know.  I know.  I haven’t posted nearly enough here in the last few months, but I’ve had a few good reasons.  The first good reason is that on December 15th, I… GRADUATED WITH MY MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING!!!! After graduation was, of course, Christmas, and the only things I cooked for that were two…

Burns’ Night Feast: Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Kailkenny and Blueberry Tart

Tonight was a first.  After years of somewhat obsessing about the poet Robert Burns because of a Torchwood PBEM roleplaying game, I finally pulled out the stops (for a poor graduate student living at home with her roommate, dog and roommate’s cat) and cooked my first Burns’ Night dinner.  Now, I know that the traditional Burns’…

Chicken Florentine with shallots and mushrooms over farfalle pasta

Last night’s dinner was an oldie but a much MUCH improved goodie.  A long time ago, I’d eaten at Johnny Carino’s (now just known as Carino’s) and had a dish called Chicken Florentine.  It was essentially grilled chicken strips in a cream sauce with herbs and on top of pasta.  There was spinach and mushrooms…

All spiky and French: Chicken Friand

Back in May of 2009, before my life went to Hell in a handbasket emotionally, I made a trip to Taylor, Texas, with my sister and now-Ex to see my Aunt Norma Jo’s house and visit with family.  Because we were close, we spent Saturday morning and afternoon with my then-MIL in Round Rock, mostly…