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.

Greek Lamb Shanks In Tomatoes

Lamb Shanks In Tomatoes

I love Greek food, and one of my favorite dishes is Greek Lamb Shanks In Tomatoes. When I was growing up my best girlfriend, Denise, lived across the alley behind our home.  We were best friends right from the get go.  I could see her playing in her backyard and she could see me in […]

Chicken and Barley Soup

Chicken and Barley Soup

With the bitter cold continuing, and the snow falling, I've been keeping busy getting the Charmer organized.  So far my vintage linens are organized, magazines cataloged, and almost done sorting through the tons of vintage dishes.  I've separated out all my vintage dishes by season and color.  My fall and Christmas dishes have been packed […]

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Our frigid weather and snow continues!  Keeping me indoors organizing and cooking comfort foods like Chicken and Dumplings.  I haven't made this chicken dish in a very long time.  Always think of it being a lot of work?  It didn't seem long since I'm stuck inside anyways!

Chinese New Year

Uncle Lang’s Three Teacup Chicken

Over a billion people in China and millions around the world are celebrating the first day of the Chinese New Year. It started today, February 18 and 19 in Asia. It’s the most important of Chinese holidays, kicking off a celebration that lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival. Each year is […]

Easy and Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

Easy and Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

I hope you all had a very nice Valentine's day!  Mr. Charmer did take the hint and served me breakfast in bed.  After breakfast I spent a whole hour sipping tea and reading. It was a really nice treat!  It's also nice to finally feel good again after a really bad cold/sinus infection cleared up […]

Valentine Strawberry Appetizer and Dessert

Valentine Strawberry Appetizer & Dessert

Valentine’s Day is just three days away, and Mr. C and I never go out to celebrate.  First, no ones cooks as good as me :-}, second you wait forever to be seated/served and the food is usually disappointing.  For me, the only way to have a romantic evening is to stay home and enjoy […]