December 16, 2014

Homemade Potato Cheese Pierogi

These delicious little, fluffy pillows of potatoes and cheese, are wrapped in a tender dough and fried with onions in butter, until golden brown. They are scratch comfort-cooking at its finest. For most of my life, I ate the frozen pierogi from the box, and never really gave it a second thought. I mean, let’s face it, the frozen ones are actually pretty decent. When I married my husband, though, the boxed, pre-made pierogi became a thing of the past for me. My husband is 100% Polish, and I don’t think he knowingly ever ate a store-bought pierogi in his life (and he wasn’t about to start.)

December 8, 2014

Kitchen Sink Cabbage and Vegetable Soup

Cabbage and Vegetable Soup

I've heard a rumor that some people don't adore the humble cabbage the way that I do, but I have a hard time believing it. So maybe it is not the most fragrant of vegetables while it's cooking, but the end result is magnificent - delicious, sweet and mellow. Take some of those crunchy cabbage leaves, cook them slowly until tender, and you will end up with some serious comfort food. Let's not forget, too, that cabbage is in season right now, and is a real bargain at the market.

December 2, 2014

Moroccan Chicken and Lemon Herb Couscous

Moroccan Chicken and Lemon Herb Couscous

I had a lovely, but quiet Thanksgiving dinner with my family this year (just 3 of us this time). Small though it was, we had turkey and all the trimmings – candied sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, a super-rich homemade green bean casserole, loads of fluffy stuffing, and everything topped with a boatload of gravy. Yum! It was an excellent meal on Thanksgiving Day, and delicious for a second round Thanksgiving evening. 

November 23, 2014

Cuban-Style Mojo Marinade

Since Florida navel oranges are currently in season, I decided I would share a recipe for one of my favorite marinades. This recipe comes from my years spent living in South Florida - the place where my husband grew up, and his family still resides. It's the land of sun, sand, surf and palm trees swaying in the breeze.