Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Tomato season is upon us and, to me, making you own Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce is a great way to use them! This is an easy sauce to make and the majority of the cooking time is the sauce sitting on the stove top simmering. I used fresh tomatoes but you can also use canned […]

Homemade Chicago Style Giardiniera

Chicago Style Giardiniera

As a child I was born and lived on the far south side of a Chicago neighborhood, West Pullman, IL. It was a new neighborhood and my father built our home.  I attended school/church in the Pullman historic area.  My family is in the masonry business and my paternal grandfather built the church and my […]

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

Lemon Curd with Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon […]

Cooking Thyme In My Cottage Kitchen

Cilantro and Ginger Tilapia

The beautiful weather is back again....our garden is holding her own...and I went to our local farmer's market this morning. What more could a girl want?  Why spending time, in my cottage kitchen, doing what I love to do, cooking and preserving food. Sunlight shinning through, sipping on tea, and sharing with you a dish […]

Grilled Thai Chicken With Dipping Sauce

Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs with Dipping Sauce

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and kept our veterans in their hearts. We started up our grill and christened it with Grilled Thai Chicken Thighs with Dipping Sauce. A very easy, yet,  flavorful dish.  Last week another Thai dish was shared: Thai dish: Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry. It was a […]

Thai Chicken Wraps with Thai Vegetable Stir Fry

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Do you ever get in a groove with making different ethnic dishes?   The last few weeks I've made several Chinese dishes, here and here.  Last week I  headed South from China and landed in Thailand (in my palate anyways)! I love the freshness that Thai cuisine provides. Being a lover of lettuce wraps I decided […]

Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken

Asian Chicken Peanut Noodles

The weather has been so beautiful lately, and I've been spending every moment I can in my garden. There's so much been going on at the Charmer.  The deck is almost finished, the master bedroom remodel is in process, the kitchen is getting  a cottage updo and the bathroom has two paint samples on it. […]

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake {gluten, egg and diary free}

It's was a  beautiful day here, sunny and a little warmer.  Earlier this morning I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Illinois blogger, Blondie @ Blondie's Journal.  I am a fan and a follower! We met at Starbucks and chatted endlessly for 3 hours. It was so comfortable chatting with her....and I am so […]

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Mr. Charmer loves pork of any kind, he eats it (I usually eat fish) at least 3 times a week.  Last week I had a craving for Asian Inspired Pork Chops. The pork chops have really great flavor and are quick to make.  You can make them outside on the grill or inside on a […]

Coconut Banana Bread {gluten, dairy and grain free}

Coconut Banana Bread

I've got something exciting (at least for me) to share with you today, I drove by myself.  I've been slowly driving more and more...and I finally had the strength and courage to head out on my own.  This was monumental for me!  Mr. Charmer texted me 5 times making sure I was OK!  I did […]