Pickles And Jam

rasberry jam

Hello Charming friends! Most of us wouldn't think about combining pickles and jam together...unless....someone is expecting!  Well, I'm well beyond that point, so no worries there.  You might wonder what pickles and jam have in common?  Canning!  It's the time of year where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant at our farmer's markets to make our own […]

Chive Blossom Recipes

Chives sketch

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, well most of it!  The chives in our garden are in full bloom.  I love herbs but I always look forward to my chives growing tall and slender. Then the chive blossom appear with its lovely light purple color and an awesome ingredient to be used in so many dishes […]

Honey Soy Chicken

Baked Honey Soy Chicken

Hello all, thanks so much for being here visiting! Yesterday and today it's been sunny and beautiful in IL. I've wanted to be outside  working in the garden but my back has other ideas! It's has gotten better since I read an article that offered some great tips. I've had the heating pad on it […]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Coco Lime Margarita

It's been so beautiful here the last few days.. . wonderful weather and sunny skies!  So I've been out playing in the greenhouse and gardens.  The flowers in the greenhouse are growing by leaps and bounds! I'll be posting soon, but today, I'm sharing two Cinco de Mayo recipes I'm making Tuesday for Cineo de […]

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinted Flank Steak

The weather has been beautiful here the last few days but still dipping into the low 40's at night.  With the cooler night weather we are still craving heartier meals.  We are not big beef eaters and only eat maybe twice a month.  Tonight I made a wonderfully favorable marinaded Flank Steak.

Cuban Mojo Cube Steaks

Cuban Mojo Cube Steaks

I've been craving Latin food lately, last week I made Latin Pot Roast, and last night I made Cuban Mojo Cube Steak. Cuban Mojo Sauce is an authentic garlicky citrus sauce used in popular dishes as on sandwiches, boiled yucca, grilled seafood and meats, fried green plantain chips (tostones) and more. Authentic mojo uses sour […]

Ham and Barley Risotto

Ham and Barley Risotto

Last week for Easter I made two main dishes, ham and lamb.  When I cook I like to make larger portions then needed.  Why, because it's smart and its frugal too!  There are so many great ways to use leftovers, especially for ham. Then we're left with a great ham bone perfect for soup. The […]

Latin Beef Stew

Latin Beef Stew

Mr. C loves traditional comfort food, Chicken and Dumplings, Beef Stew and all the other ones.  I also like comfort food but I like to change it up a bit with new flavors, but keeping its classic appeal!  Mr. C wanted beef so I came up with Latin Beef Stew! It's always disappointing to me […]

Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

I can't believe Easter is only a week away! Sometimes I wonder where does all the time go, because I don't get done anywhere near what I should. No one has ever said I don't repeat myself, but I do, a lot, and I won't break the habit now. So if you don't know already....I […]

Quick Chinese Chicken Corn Soup

Chinese Chicken Corn Soup

If you don't know already I love soup...of any kind...especially during the cooler weather.  Just about every day we have one kind of soup or another and today we had Chinese Chicken Corn Soup.