Don’t Screw The Poach-ing; Poach Eggs in 7 steps

Poached eggs in 7 steps

Poached eggs, why are they so hard to get right? Ah, yum, a perfectly poached egg is delicious on a piece of toast, or egg-cellent as eggs Benedict.  I enjoy topping off a simple, green salad with a poached egg, allowing the runny yolk to serve as my salad dressing.…


A Simple, Quick Leek Soup

Simple leek soup

What are leeks? Native to Mediterranean countries, leeks hold a flavorful spotlight in today’s culinary scene. Although resembling a giant scallion or green onion, the leek is related to both the garlic and the onion, though its flavor and fragrance are milder and more subtle. It has a thick, white…


Creamy Sauce makes this Tuscan Chicken Dish

Chicken Thighs in a Creamy Sauce

I have known for a long time that dark meat on chicken has more flavor, I just have preferred breast meat from the chicken. However, after making this incredible creamy sauce and nestling chicken thighs in the sauce,  I have started to change my tune. This dish is very good…


How NOT to Make Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie - joanns food bites

As you might know, my husband is in the horticulture business.  A couple of weeks ago, he brought home some lemons.  Not ordinary lemons.  These lemons were bigger than my fist. Celebrating Thanksgiving a weekend early, I decided to attempt my first Lemon Meringue Pie.  I searched several recipe books,…


Weeknight Chicken Enchilada Meal

weeknight chicken enchiladas - joanns food bites

Looking for an easy prep, weeknight meal? Look no further than Chicken Enchiladas. I use the precooked, Perdue southwest chicken, which makes for simple prep work. Using my Pamper Chef chopper to cut up the onion and pepper. I cut the chicken down into bite size portions.  I do use…


Luscious Leek Potato Soup Under an Hour

Savory Leek Potato Soup - joanns food bites

Feeling a bit under the weather, I needed a warm, hearty meal for dinner, but did not want the heaviness associated with most comfort meals. Remember, I am on the fit body boot camp regiment. I had a couple of leeks in the fridge, then discovered this rustic recipe from…


Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

creamy parmesan mashed potatoes - joanns food bites

Like most Friday nights, we were having steak but I wanted something other than just grilled baked potatoes. We love mashed potatoes, so I wanted to try a new twist.  These potatoes are not only creamy but very rich.  Be careful just how much cheese you add. Consider leaving on…


Fish Tacos: 100 Day Real Food Challenge

fish tacos - 100 days real food challenge

Challenge is an UNDERSTATEMENT. When your household hates vegetables and you are a foodie, this 100 days of real food is nearly impossible. Today’s recipe is in Lisa Leak’s new cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food.  …


Quick Lunch Sauteed Bella Mushrooms

Bella mushrooms for a quick lunch

Baby Bellas are Cremini mushrooms that have been allowed to mature for up to seven days longer than commercial Creminis.  Available in most supermarkets year-round, baby Bellas have an intense, meat-like flavor when cooked.  They are at their peak in fall and winter.  A dark-brown, slightly firmer variation of the…


Simple Potato and Sausage Hash

potato sausage hash

I LOVE POTATOES, so much so, you would think I was part Irish.  Around 1845, approximately one million people died in Ireland due to a potato disease knows as “blight.” Some historians believe the pathogen originated in Mexico, where it had already been found, then spread to crops in the…