Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou

Grilled Grouper with Basil-Lime Pistou

With all the work we've been doing in the garage cleanup (sale now next weekend) I really wanted dinner to be quick and good. Mr. C would eat pork every day if he could, me not so much.  I picked up some grouper yesterday and  made myself Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou! Sounds fancy […]

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

I hope you'll stop by Sunday's Best to share your creative inspiration with us. Tis the season for abundant, big and juicy tomatoes.  Having just bought 60 pounds of tomatoes at the farmers market last week I decided to try something different. I love anything roasted. . . .it is a great way to bring […]

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 […]