Tarragon Potato Salad


Summer is ending and with that comes the time of year when people try to get in the last summer picnics.  We were in Northern Michigan last week attending a BBQ at my brother in-law’s place and asked to bring a dish.  It had been awhile since I’ve made a potato salad, but there was […]

Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup


    My wife bought me a new wood cutting board for Christmas and I found the perfect recipe to break it in.  It does make the vegetables more delectable than my bright green plastic cutting boards.  And while I don’t think I can attribute the new cutting board to this, but this recipe turned […]

German Lentil Soup


  I lived in Portland, Oregon for 12 years growing up and one of my favorite places was The Rheinlander.  Our family would often do their Sunday Brunch, which is still the best brunch I’ve ever had. The restaurant also has an amazing cheese fondue that was reason number one to go there.  With so […]

Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd’s Pie


Thank you FoodieChats. If you are not familiar with #FoodieChats on Twitter, I highly recommend you join the weekly chat held every Monday night at 8pm EST.  The group’s Facebook page posted a Shepherd’s Pie recipe from Gordon Ramsay that looked quick and flavorful so I decided to give it a try.  Here is the […]

Vegetarian Chiles Rellenos


Mexican dishes offer a lot of options for vegetarian cooks.  There are a ton of recipes for vegetarian or vegan enchiladas, including some I’ve made myself.  Tacos, burritos and quesadillas are all excellent vegetarian options since pretty much everything is simply stuff a tortilla.  Stuffed peppers in dishes like Chiles Rellenos also provide an option […]

Getting Familiar with The Post Punk Kitchen’s Veganomicon


Last Christmas I asked for some new cookbooks to add to my bookshelf.  With the change to making vegetarian/vegan 4 times each week, I thought some updated cookbooks in my meat-focused cookbook collection would be welcome. One book that kept coming up is Veganomicon many reviews felt it is the essential vegan cookbook on the mark […]

Vegetable Potpie


I now have to favorite must go places while in New York City. The first is Mario Batali’s Babbos. The second must stop is Candle Cafe, a vegan restaurant that is well-known in vegan and vegetarian circles. My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas and one of the top cookbooks was The Candle […]

Yankee Beef Pot Roast

A simple pot roast for football Sunday

It’s football Sunday and with the Detroit Lions facing the Dallas Cowboys, it was going to be a day of sports and it was time for something basic. Something manly. Something like meat and potatoes. So I thawed a boneless beef chuck roast I bought on my last trip to Burgundy Pasture Beef Ranch and […]

Vegetarian Tacos


It’s no secret I love tacos, but finding a great vegetarian taco is not easy. So many restaurants over use bell peppers or try to get to complicated with sauces or cheeses. Fortunately, I found a fairly basic recipe from the vegetarian cookbook Appetite for Reduction. I modified it quite a bit, but kept some […]

Chicken, Potato, and Mustard Greens Hash


Chicken, Potato and Mustard Greens Hash Serves 4 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts. diced into small chunks 1 bunch mustard greens, coarsely chopped 6 medium white potatoes or yukon gold, diced into 1/2″ cubes 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 spring fresh thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to […]