Sage Sausage and Duck Egg Frittata

duck eggs

I almost never eat meat or dairy. My family calls me a "Chegan" (cheating vegan), because while I rarely eat meat or dairy, sometimes I do so there it is. My family on the other hand loves to eat everything and their love language is food, so no matter what state my eating habits, in my kitchen, I'm cooking everything, all the time. This frittata recipe is my own take on an old sausage and potato frittata recipe I found when Darcy and I first … [Read more...]

Summer recipes…Farmer’s Market Rice

Eating healthy can be simple...and flavorful. This is a great meat-free summer recipe. The best part of it is, you do not have to turn on your oven. There are many variations, including mine. This is based off a recipe found in the "Eating Well: One Pot Meals" cookbook. I added and omitted ingredients to suit our taste, including omitting the parsnips and doubling the eggs so that it would be more filling, especially … [Read more...]

Bruschetta Salad

You will love this recipe made with farm fresh garden fare that is plentiful this time of year and tastes as good as it looks. ~~Katie   Bruschetta (pronounced Bru-sketta) Salad My favorite type of cuisine to cook and eat is actually what is known as "California Fresh", which is known for lots of fruits and vegetables, and prepared very naturally. Think seafood, light pastas, salads, bruschettas, etc, all loaded with in season … [Read more...]

Ten Dollar Dinners with French Flair

I love to cook which is a good thing. With 5 kids who are home all day with me (we homeschool) and a husband who most of the year works from home, most days (unless I am traveling) find me cooking 3 meals for 7 people. I am always looking for good recipes and if they can help keep the food budget down (more money for traveling!) all the better, and so the title, Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any … [Read more...]

Feta Stuffed Mushroom Caps

 I rarely eat dairy, but when I visit France, visiting the local Fromagerie  always seems to be a must--even for me! Even though I am not a dairy lover, when I am in the kitchen, I still like experimenting with all different types of cheeses. One that I find to be under used in many recipes is feta, which gives these mushrooms a unique texture and a taste that is different from your typical Brie filled appetizers (though … [Read more...]

Moroccan Braised Beef

It is no secret I love to travel, cook and decorate. What people forget sometimes, is we are a family with five children so that means with their busy schedules I don't always have as much meal prep time in my (new) kitchen as I would like. On busy weekdays (and leisure weekends), it is nice to have some recipes that are favorites that fall into the "fix it and forget it" variety. This recipe comes from one of my … [Read more...]

Cooking with Herbes de Provence

Lavender from a flower shop in France my first trip... I love cooking all types of food, including French cuisine. When my husband and I married, our cookbook collections married as well, and I was thrilled to find a large French Cooking hardback in his collection. In 14 years, I have never cooked something from any of our French cookbooks (there are now 6 in our collection) that wasn't delicious!One of the things I love to use when I … [Read more...]