Chicken Strikes Again

Love the concept of one dish dinners, especially when it actually tastes great.  This recipe was in Bon Appetit’s One Dish Dinner book.  It did not take long to prepare, and the combination of fennel and leeks was sweet and wonderful.  A bit of butter never hurt.  My orzo was not tender with the 2.5 cups of chicken stock, so of course I just added more wine.  A win win.

My husband was hungry, so I served him Butternut Squash with a little sour cream, topped with dill from my garden.  (forgot to take a photo)  The recipe is below.

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Thought I wold share a photo from my garden.  Guess cooking and gardening are my favorite things to do when I am not painting or with my beautiful granddaughter.

Chicken Strikes Again

Searching for the Perfect Italian Dessert

A group I belong to is having an Italian Dinner, so I thought it would be fun to make the dessert.  Doing a little research, I decided an Almond Cake with Whipped Cream laced with Gran Marnier would be one good one, but my favorite might be Tiramisu.  I have not made one, so tried two different recipes and invited my good friends, who just happened to be Italian for a tasting.  It was impulsive and fun.

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The first recipe used Ladyfingers laced with dark rum, but I did not think the presentation was very pretty.  But is surely did taste

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The second Tiramisu was made with two sponge cakes cut in half and laced with brandy. This one is much prettier, but the brandy was not as good.  So for the final it will be a combination of the two.

Be sure not to leave Ladyfingers out if you have a cat.  They were all over the floor in the morning.  I don’t think he ate many of them, but he sure did make a mess.

I find baking soothes my soul.  On a gray day, (which we have a lot in Washington) it makes my happy.  I don’t really ever eat what I cook, so pass it on to friends.  My local Fire Department is the recipient of many desserts.  I never baked too much when I was younger as I was always busy with my three sons.  They are grown, I am mostly retired and do not sit around very well.

Yesterday I made a Caramel Chocolate Cake, that tastes a lot better than it looks.  My step sons came by and loved it.  The caramel frosting did not set up, so it just kept rolling off the top, kind of like a slow lava lamp.


It is wrapped and ready to go to the local firemen.  I have not gotten any complaints yet.  Chocolate – Cake – Caramel – FREE!  No wonder no complaints.

I think people need to do what ever they need to do to be happy.  Baking makes me happy, so I bake.  Do something to make yourself happy every day.

Searching for the Perfect Italian Dessert

Cooking is a passion

Cooking has always been a part of my life, and now as I look back I wonder just why I didn’t cook more: and then I realize I was a single mom with three sons, so life makes decisions for you sometimes.  As I become a little more seasoned as many of the seasons of my life are now behind me, I now have the time and a wonderful new kitchen where I can explore all sorts of new yummy foods.

This little display was for my friends that came to a Cabi Party.  Most of us, well over fifty had the time of lives drinking good wine, enjoying food and laughing as we realize things just don’t the same on us as they did when we were in our 20′, 30’s and 40’s.  But we all savor the moment and enjoy what we have, not what we had.

Life is too short to worry about what you didn’t do, just keep doing.


Cooking is a passion