Recipes

Quick Gruyere Apple Grilled Cheese

Why wouldn't you add a couple of bacon slices? I don't know. Wouldn't make any sense at all. Per 1 sandwich: 2 Slices of good-quality bread 2 Slices of Gruyere cheese 4 Slices of thinly-sliced tart apple Butter, for frying Butter slices of good-quality bread. Layer...

Quick Egg Drop Soup

Nothing could be easier. 1 qt chicken or vegetable stock 4 eggs Soy sauce to taste Scallions for garnish Sesame oil for garnish Bring a quart of stock (chicken or veggie stock) to a slow bubble; gently pour four beaten eggs in to the stock while stirring. Add soy...

Quick Pasta with Lemon Sauce

You might toss in a few veggies, like peas - or not. 1 cup pasta, like angel hair or linguine 1/2 stick butter 1/2 cup cream 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1-2 tsp grated lemon zest Parmesan cheese for garnish Chopped parsley or chives for garnish Boil and salt...

Quick Brown Sugar Apples in the Micro

A simple dessert or snack, ready in minutes. 4 apples, peeled and cored 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup walnuts (optional) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup butter Cinnamon for garnish Core 4 apples and stuff the centers with raisins, walnuts (optional), brown sugar, and butter....

“Chef Chase” Nachos

“Chef Chase” Nachos

When I was in college at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana I worked as a line cook at a restaurant called Coslow's. It was a typical college hangout with tall dark brown booths, local artwork, and bentwood chairs paired with wobbly tables, a folded paper...

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Over the holidays, my husband, two sons and I traveled to Florida to see my family. My parents have a small Meyer lemon tree in their yard and they graciously donated all the lemons from the tree (about 10 or so) for this recipe. Because of the limited quantity, I...

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, we like to go apple picking. And what do you do with all those apples you just picked? Make applesauce, of course. This applesauce is crazy good. Both my boys fight over it and beg me to make more, and more,...

Monster Finger Cookies

Monster Finger Cookies

I make these every Halloween and despite the oddity of their looks, they are quite tasty. The simple shortbread dough is molded and shaped and adorned with a "fingernail" for its authentic look. This recipe comes to me originally from the Epicurious website, March...

Simple Apple Crumb Pie

Simple Apple Crumb Pie

This is a recipe out of my recipe box. I have no idea where the recipe originally came from but the index card is smudged and warped from repeated use. This is my go-to recipe in the fall when I have a bunch of apples and I'm craving apple pie but don't want to be in...