Queen Anne Lace

Queen Anne lace, also called “Wild Carrot” is a common plant found in dry fields, ditches, and open areas.  It was introduced from Europe, and the carrots that we eat today were once cultivated from this plant.

Chive Blossom Recipes

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 making them special without being… Read More

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 as much as possible, but… Read More

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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 Mayo – Mexican Meatloaf –… Read More

Marinated 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

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 oranges.

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 last meal (sounds funny) we… Read More

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 when so many think Latin… Read More

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 don’t like to bake!  There… Read More

Greek 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 mine

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 in boxes and are safely… Read More

Chicken and Dumplings

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!