Lentils with Kale and Bacon

Lentils with Kale and BaconLentils?! Kale?!  What the…. ?!  Oh, phew, it’s ok: Bacon. 

That, right there, folks, was my thought process while looking at this recipe.  This is another recipe that falls under the category of not-quite-sure-why-I tried-it, but also the sure-glad-I-did one.  Whooee, that was a lot of hyphens.  Onward. [Read more...]

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Apple Pandowdy

Apple PandowdyI try to not eat things like skillet apple pie all the time, I swear.  I really do start out with the best intentions.  I go to the store and buy dozens of apples (healthy snacks!), but in the end, they wind up covered in butter and brown sugar and baked under a tender, flaky crust.  Don’t even ask what happens to the bananas.  The universe conspires to make me bake. [Read more...]

Mushroom, Spinach, and Walnut Soup

Mushroom, Spinach, and Walnut SoupWhen I friend requested that I come up with a recipe for the soup she loved at one of her favorite restaurants, I was all, “Heck yeah!” I love a good challenge, don’t you?  The real challenge, however, is that this restaurant is in Arizona, where she lives, and I’m, well… in Illinois.  Illinois is in italics there to signify my annoyance that I live here in the cold, while she lives in the beautiful dry heat of the desert. Illinois doesn’t get annoyed italics in the summer, but in February, it certainly does.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cake

DSC_0385Since I’ve been on such a roll with my old tried-and-true recipes, I figure I might as well just keep on truckin’.  And it doesn’t get much better than this.  This is recipe gold, folks.  Cake.  Chocolate Chips. Cinnamon Sugar.  A big chunk of this with a  cold glass of milk will cure whatever ails you.  (Unless what ails you is sugar addiction. Sorry.) [Read more...]