Maple and Chipotle Broiler-Barbecued Chicken Thighs

When it’s too cold to grill outside, you can mimic the flavor of barbecued chicken with your oven broiler. Between the smoky spice rub and the sweet-hot barbecue sauce, you’ll never miss the grill. Serves 4 For the sauce 1/2 cup ketchup 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 2 Tbs. mild unsulfured molasses 2 Tbs. cider…


Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This soup is delicious, easy to make, and looks beautiful in the bowl. Doesn’t it? The grilled cheese croutons just make it even more delicious. Would genius be too strong a word for creating croutons out of a grilled cheese sandwich? Another winning recipe from The Barefoot Contessa. Tomato Soup Recipe Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive…


Lemon Garlic Chicken with Potatoes

This is one of the easiest recipes to make, and very good. Adjust the garlic down if it’s not a favorite, and the classic tastes of lemon and oregano will make this dish mouth watering Greek. 3 pounds chicken, cut into 6 or 8 pices 3 large potatoes juice from 2 medium lemons 2 teaspoons…


Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

This is a light, moist cake that’s delicious with any fruit, but cherries are a family favorite! 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt…


Enjoying my dogs Enjoying

We spent the day in the country and the dogs had a blast running through the woods chasing each other. As you all might know by now one of my favorite things is to watch my dogs enjoying themselves, it really brings me so much joy. I could watch them having fun for hours.


Raspberry Cheese Coffee Cake with pecans & chocolate drizzle

Cake 16 tablespoons or 2 sticks unsalted butter softened 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 large eggs at room temperature 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sour cream Cheese Filling 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1 large…


Vegetable Soup. A bowl of warmth for the winter table.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups diced onions 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 cup pearl barley 1 quart=4cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce 2 cups quartered mushrooms 2 cups diced zucchini Salt and pepper 1. Heat a medium, heavy-bottom pot…


movie time October 2012

closing the sprinkler system through the woods we go poodle play time


Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake

Chocolate Streusel Filling and Topping 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 cup pecans 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 oz bitter sweet chocolate chopped or 1/4 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1) Place sugar, pecans and cinnamon in food processor. Cover and pulse until…


Lemon Macadamia Biscotti

Biscotti are long and hard cookies that many enjoy by dipping into coffee, hot chocolate, or wine. As fancy coffee shops become more and more popular, biscotti have also become more fashionable and expensive. The name “biscotti” is Italian and literally means twice baked – which is exactly how I prepared it. This is another…


Weekend with Four Loves

Sept 29 2012 Happy Birthday Jeff. I love dogs, but you must know that by now, I say to Mike daily, Look How Cute She or He Is, and smile knowing I probably say that 100 times a week. It is hard for me to Not talk about my dogs and if you mention Jacks…


Great Fall Colour

Great Fall Colour in the Country today. My Happy Boy Brie thought she was playing Hide and Seek 🙂 Its A Ruff Life.


Picnic….Give A Dog A Bone.

I did it, I gave my dogs a raw bone, Jackson wasn’t impressed but Brie gave me that I cannot believe this look. These were beef rib bones, I cut off the extra bone piece before giving it to them. They do eat some of the bone but it is soft because they are Raw….


schmaltz and gribenes

from The Second Ave Deli in New York. This recipe uses the fat and skin from about 4 chickens. You can save it up in your freezer over the course of time. For even more flavorful schmaltz, add a few cloves of garlic. Makes about 2 cups. 4 cups chicken fat and skin, cut into…


Roasted Garlic

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 off the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. 3. Place the garlic heads in a baking pan. Drizzle a couple teaspoons…


Honey-Crisp Oven-Fried Chicken

Glazed with honey, coated in crushed cornflakes, then baked to crisp golden perfection—this is your fried chicken craving satisfied. Serves 4 4 bone-in chicken thighs 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk or a soaking brine over night 4 cups cornflakes cereal 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper…


Autumn in the air

Driving to the country today the leaves are starting to turn colors and some are falling, the wind was warm and blowing, and the smell of rain was in the air. The dogs ran for 3 hours through wet grass and I had such pleasure watching them.


Creamy Lemon Squares

From one of my favorite chef’s Anna Olsen Makes 1 8-inch square pan Cuts into squares Ingredients: Base: 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup sugar ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces Filling: ½ pkg (4 oz) Kraft Philadelphia™ hard cream cheese, at room temperature . Brick 1 ½ cups sugar ¼ cup all-purpose…


Peach Coffee Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks- cut into 1/2 inch pieces) 1/3 cup slivered almond 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups peeled and chopped peaches (about 6 medium size.) • 1 1/2 cups…


Roasted Tomato Salad

2 pounds ( a mix of small & cherry tomatoes), halved I used 1 yellow and 1 orange tomato fresh for colour. 1/4 cup / extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/3 cup toasted almond slices 6 oz good mozzarella, torn into chunks or goat cheese a handful of torn…


Apple Cake

by Dorie Greenspan Yield: Makes 8 servings 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 4 large apples (if you can, choose 4 different kinds) 2 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons dark rum ( I left this out) 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted…


Signs July 15 2012

I smile every day looking at these two new signs I bought.The first sign I nailed to a tree in my backyard. This one is on my car and I see people driving and smiling at me. and today in the country


Honey Barbecued Chicken

This chicken was fabulous, baste the glaze on the chicken 5 minutes before it is done, the honey in the glaze will burn quickly. we ate it all before I remember to take a picture :)) 2 Tbs. olive oil 2-1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian 1…


Mixed Berry Tart

The pastry dough is somewhat crumbly but will hold together with a little kneading. When baking the crust, watch carefully so it does not get too brown. If it starts to darken, place a piece of aluminum foil around the rim. Ingredients: For the pastry: • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1/4 cup granulated…


For Unconditional Loyalty, Your Best Bet is a Dog

Loyalty is having a constant shadow, where I go my dogs go. They are always there to do everything with me. Dogs are loyal and loyalty should go both ways, I am so lucky to share my life with my dogs.


Almond Cookie Thins

4 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup whole almonds beat all ingredients well except almonds, fold in almonds, bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degs for 35 – 40 min let cool on wire rack, wrap in tin foil till cold or over night, this…


Berry Buttermilk Cake

For the crumb topping: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled For the cake: 3 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, or a mix 3 cups all-purpose flour more for the pan and for the berries 4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda…


Better BBQ Sauce Than Yours # 2

Red Wine Barbecue Sauce: Bobby Flay does it again. • 1 1/4 cups ketchup • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder • 2 tablespoons honey • 2 tablespoons molasses • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1 tablespoon paprika • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce…


Fresh Mango with Mango Mousse and Coconut Crust

Ingredients Crust 2 large egg whites 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups unsweetened coconut, medium shred Mousse 1 cup cream cheese 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup mango pulp (about ½ large mango) Garnish 3 mango diced or berries of your choice Directions To Assemble…


Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe Bobby Flay 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 (3-pound) chicken cut into eighths Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 large yellow or red bell pepper, thinly julienned 1 jalapeno chile, finely diced ( optional ) for me. 3 cloves…


Quinoa & Spinach Salad

• 2 cups water • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, torn • 1/2 cup dried cranberries • DRESSING: • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons orange juice • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon pepper •…


Oatmeal Chocolate Caramel Bars

• Nonstick Cooking Spray • 32 soft caramel candies, unwrapped • 1/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, melted • 1/2 cup…


Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookie

Makes One Large Cookie 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter or margerine softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips. combine flour baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter…


Potato Soup with Warm Clam Salad

from one of my favorite chef’s Michael Chiarello I changed the clams to scallops, shrimps would be fabulous too. Ingredients Serves: Serves 4 For the soup 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup diced onion (1/4-inch dice) 1/2 cup diced leek (1/4-inch dice) 1/4 cup diced celery (1/4-inch dice) 1 teaspoon minced garlic salt…


Minestrone Soup

Mike loves Minestrone I have several good recipes in my collection but Mike thinks this is one of the best. Ingredients 1 can cannellini beans rinsed and drained about 1 1/2 cups 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 medium celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces…


Mushroom Bolognese

If you don’t want to use the porcini mushrooms, you can leave them out. They just add another nice layer of flavor. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large carrot, peeled and diced 2 medium sized celery ribs, diced 1/2 medium onion, diced sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 garlic cloves,…


Red Chili and Cheddar Crackers

These little babies are OMG good. The spicy kick in these little bites is perfectly balanced with a deep rich Cheddar flavor. The key is to use the very best aged Cheddar possible Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes 4…


Best-Ever Guacamole

2 ripe avocados 3 tomatoes 3 green onions 1 jalapeno (deseeded) 3 tablespoon chopped parsley 1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice 1/2 cup oil 1 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Directions 1. Dice tomatoes and drain in a colander for 5 minutes. Chop the jalapeno and the onions. I did this all in the food…


Apple Cranberry & Walnut Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup apple sauce 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups peeled, cored, apples cut into chunks ( I used Granny Smith) 1 cup chopped walnuts chopped…


Cranberry-Pepper Jelly

3 red bell peppers, finely chopped 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and finely chopped 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 cup liquid pectin 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen and thawed Combine peppers, chiles, sugar, red pepper flakes and salt in a…


Cocoa Brownies bumped up

Use the best cocoa you know for these fabulous brownies. Alice Medrich Yield: Makes 16 large or 25 smaller brownies 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cold large eggs 1/2…


Vegetable & Mushroom Barley Soup

Where I live Fall is in the air, and I had the urge to make soup today, soup sooths the soul and nourishes the body and boosting one’s resolve to face the chill of the day. Ingredients 1 can (1-pound) tomatoes, chopped, with the juice 8 cups water 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 stalk celery…


Pecan Toffee Coffee Cake

“Rich with the flavours of pecans, sweet butter and creamy toffee, this simple coffee cake is fabulous! Filling 1/2 tightly packed light brown sugar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted 3/4 cup English toffee pieces for baking,…


Chicken Thigh Osso Bucco

“An inexpensive alternative to veal. The longer it cooks the richer the sauce gets. Ingredients 8 chicken thighs 1 medium onions 1 medium carrots 1 celery 2 garlic cloves 1/2 green pepper 3/4 cup red wine 1 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1…


CakeBoss Sponge Cake

By popular demand, it’s the official CakeBoss Sponge Cake recipe! It is a scratch recipe, and the secret to its light and fluffy texture is the beating of the eggs! This recipe is best made in a stand mixer. 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup whole milk 1/4 cup butter (lightly…


Ancho Chile-Honey Glazed Salmon

Bobby Flay strikes again with this amazing spicy sweet salmon recipe from his Mesa Grill restaurant. This was so easy and so good. next time I will do this on the BBQ. Ingredients Salmon glaze ingredients 1/3 cup honey 1 Tbs ancho chili powder 1 Tbs Dijon mustard Salt & pepper 4 salmon fillets, 8…


Challah Bread

1 tsp. sugar 1/2 cup warm water 1 pkg. yeast 1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup warm water 2 – 3 Tablespoons sugar or honey 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour poppy or sesame seeds 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tsp. water Dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in…


Better BBQ Sauce than Yours

2 cups ketchup 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 cup vinegar 1/8 cup yellow mustard 1 tbsp white horse radish 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground white pepper 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp onion salt 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp dried onion flakes Simmer together for…


Perfect Summer Peach Cake

A fresh cake recipe for you to take advantage of the abundance of sweet, ripe and juicy peaches that are available right now. One of the highlights of summer. Peaches are a winning attraction in this recipe From Cook’s Illustrated. WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To achieve the right texture for our Peach Cake, we sprinkled…


GRILLED PEPPER SALAD

This salad of grilled peppers and ripe red tomatoes with green onion, lemon and parsley is fabulous. The peppers can be roasted up to 48 hours ahead of time. 4 red bell peppers, plus 4 Cubanelle mild or hot peppers to make 4 cups 3 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 green onions, diced…