Foods from the Past: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins

On the rare occasion that I plan my meals ahead and prepare extra for the coming week, I might come up with a meal like the following: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins It is essentially ground beef and sauteed tomatoes, with added herbs, vegetables and tomato sauce.  I’m calling it a ragu in … Continue reading

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Daily Food: Steamed Mussels in Red Wine

I’ve always walked by mussels and clams while food shopping and thought, “those are so yummy in restaurants, but they seem so intimidating to make at home.”  The descriptions in restaurants are so simple and unassuming as well: mussels steamed in white wine with garlic.  Well, I’d like to suggest that it really is just … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Experimenting with Fiorentine Food

As I’ve been learning more and more in photography class (such as how to use the camera in a mode other than “Auto,”), I’ve been taking much better pictures of everything from the streets here in Firenze to all the wonderful food here.  Here is a little chronicle of my evening of cooking, including a … Continue reading

PrintWorks in North Carolina

I drove to North Carolina during my spring break to visit my sister at her college and to visit one my favorite restaurants.  I can’t say that I’ve actually been to enough restaurants in North Carolina to be a good judge of which ones are the best, but when I visited PrintWorks in Greensboro for … Continue reading

Build You Own Burger

  There was another post about burgers earlier this week, but I wanted to share a slightly different way of presenting or serving burgers in this post.  My delicious burger sliders served as the inspiration for making this meal for my family this summer.  Rather than assemble the burgers ahead though, I wanted to create … Continue reading

Building a Summer Salad

    It’s hardly summer anymore, and I’m gearing up for baking the pumpkin pies and apple dishes that are so perfect in the fall, but I’m posting a few last recipes from summer.  I wanted to share the beautiful pictures and ingredients before we say goodbye to summer’s bounty and tuck in for the … Continue reading

Grilled, Stuffed Trout in Foil

Summer is grilling season, and having already made hamburgers on the grill this week, I decided to create something slightly different for dinner last night.  My grandparents are in town, and we’re all seafood lovers so I decided to made fish on the grill.  My freezer is full of wonderful rainbow trout from my share … Continue reading

Great Harvest Lunch

With all my recent cooking, I haven’t eaten out in Charlottesville very much, despite the plethora of great restaurants here.  Great Harvest happened to be a perfect stop during errands one day though, and I wanted to share a picture the lovely sandwich I had for lunch.  It was a roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, … Continue reading

Perfect Summer Salad

When there are ripe avocados at the store and when farmers’ markets feature heirloom tomatoes, it’s ripe time to try this salad.  It’s so simple and easy, but it’s simply divine when the ingredients are fresh and in season.  I’ll admit, I still make it during the winter with imported tomatoes because I can’t resist, … Continue reading

Steak Dinner

Just a quick post about last night’s delicious dinner.  I had a lovely Delmonico steak from a local farm whose cows are grass-fed and raised without antibiotics or pesticides.  It was a big one, so I cut it into two pieces, having one for dinner and saving the other for steak and homemade mayo sandwich … Continue reading