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Empty Nest Chicken Rolls

It has been nine days since Jack started at the University of Alabama and 24 hours since Amelia returned to RIT. The nest is empty except for Izzy and her snoring keeps the silence from becoming deafening. Dinners have taken on a new meaning and geared towards a more flexible palate. No more rushing to get someone to work or practice or to the movies. It is silent and still. The kitchen no longer has chocolate milk and apple juice…

Polenta with Lobster & Mushroom Medley

This is just a spectacular dish and for a summer evening it is fairly light.  I just threw this together based on what I had in the kitchen and what I could get from local sources.  This can be divided into ‘small plates’ or as a main course.  It may look like a lot or work but it is quick and simple- maybe 30-45 minutes! What you need and what to do to make the Polenta: I love the basic…

Utica Greens ala John

It is no secret that I love to cook and I love people who love to cook.  A wonderful old friend, John McDonald shares his version of the traditional Utica Greens recipe.  I find that everyone does it differently and I love to hear the variations that people use. John and his lovely wife Beverly along with their son JT have spent a few Christmas Eves at my house and this past year created and freshly delivered Utica Greens which went…

What to cook?

Let's do this  Wednesday's Recipe for Saturday's Dinner a little different this time. As you know, I have been remodeling my kitchen. It has been a lesson in design, function, patience and how to best drink a martini, daily, to get through it all.  I am now restocking my pantry and getting ready to post some easy recipes for the holidays so you can both relax and enjoy (and feed) family and friends. People ask me all the time how…