Autumn Flavor Filled Chicken and Dumplings

Being an avid home cook, over the years I have tried many chicken and dumplings recipes; including both of my grandmother’s versions. Although this recipe is simple, it does take about 90 minutes but the deep, full flavor will be so worth it on a cool autumn evening. The key is cooking not only thighs,

7 Important Kitchen Design Tips

From personal experience of designing my own kitchen, here are 7 Design Tips anyone renovating their existing kitchen or building their dream kitchen, should consider. 1. Do Your Research Before you start the project, make a list of all the things you want in your kitchen. List the types of cabinets you like. Measure the

Welcome to my dream kitchen

I am finally returning from a month hiatus because my husband and I were moving into our new house, including my strategically designed kitchen. Things were just too crazy for the week leading up to the big move. However, I wanted to share with my fellow foodies how EXCITED I am over my new foodie

Kicking My Bread Addiction

Remember last week, I was going to change my eating habits.  After revealing my weight frustration to my doctor, he explained cutting out carbohydrates was more beneficial than exercising. Cutting Out Carbs Will Trump Exercise So, I have really been working hard, avoiding potatoes and pasta; which has not been a problem. I have discovered

Carbohydrates in Food Trump Exercise

Visited my internal medicine doctor last week, for my six month check-up.  Because I have high blood pressure, I like to keep it monitored. I was actually looking forward to the visit because it would be the first time I weighed, since staring my new power walking regime. Unfortunately, I GAINED 3 pounds!  I was

Take Steak and Potatoes Up a Notch

Steak de Burgo was created in Des Moines, Iowa around 1939. Just another name for steak and potatoes, this rich  dish is traditionally made with a good cut of beef tenderloin, covered in a creamy mushroom sauce. Because it is so easy and quick to make, I thought it would be a perfect recipe for

Crazy for Crispy Celery

Earlier this year, Chef Curtis Stone developed a 9-course tasting menu centered around celery, for his restaurant Maude in California. He created a celery salad; reduced celery juice for an apple sorbet and braised some stalks for a celeri barigoule. Celeri Barigoule – a traditional Provencal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots