Decadence!

60’s Beach Flicks & Coney Island “Red Hots”

“Get Happy! Get with it! Beach-Parties! Luau-Feasts! Surf-Boarding! Hula-Dancing! Have yourself a Hawaiian holiday when…’Gidget Goes Hawaiian’” ~Tag line from Gidget Goes Hawaiian I’m in the mood to watch 60’s beach flicks, and start a big batch of Coneys for dinner. I love everything about old movies. I like to watch them over and over…

Armchair Travel & Caribbean Fare

“The market ladies sell spice necklaces–garlands of cloves, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, cocoa beans, mace and nutmeg–that are irresistible. I now have them hanging all around the boat, making it smell spicy and delicious. Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees–an embarrassment of mangoes, to someone from the north. We feel duty…

Simple Pleasures & Sun Tea

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~Oscar Wilde This time of year I usually head to the kitchen to make my coffee first thing in the morning, and while I wait for the water to boil I make a new batch of sun tea. We go through about a…

Leisa’s BLT Wrap

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~Doug Larson A new twist on the classic BLT! 4 large ‘wraps’ or flour tortillas 1/4 cup real mayonnaise 4 large romaine lettuce leaves 2 avocados, chopped thin slices of red or green onion 1 lb. good quality applewood…

Risotto Fritters

“Noncooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” ~Julia Child I made risotto for the first time a few nights ago. Before this I could never really understand what all the fuss over making risotto was about. I’d had it in…

Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy This will either have to be cooked in two separate batches, or two separate skillets. 3 large chicken…

Firecracker Sweet Potato Wedges & Cajun Dip

“… brings to mind a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~Diane Ackerman This isn’t your every day sweet potato recipe. These little wedges are sweet and spicy and flavorful. Perfect with grilled steak or pork chops, or as an appetizer. The dipping sauce is…

Rainy Day Rituals

Yesterday I woke up to the sound of thunder, and from the looks of it we’re in for another rainy day here in Minnesota. This sudden influx of blustery weather got me thinking about rainy day rituals. I love rainy days every once in awhile. I get up and make a big pot of French…

Cara Cara Orange Glazed Chicken

“Orange is the happiest color” ~Frank Sinatra This chicken turned out so tender and juicy on the inside with a caramelized sticky tangy-sweet crust, I just couldn’t keep this recipe to myself. I used Cara Cara oranges which I think make the sauce on this chicken extra special. Cara Cara oranges are navel oranges that…