Showing posts from February, 2016

Beef Barley Soup with Mushrooms

The Recipe: A hearty, meaty soup that's almost thick enough to call "stew" but remains somehow, soup, still. It's a wintery, filling soup, packed with root vegetables and earthy mushrooms and the addictive nuttiness of barley. The Conversation: Restoring a kitchen mojo. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Let Your Mojo Go? What do you do when you lose your kitchen mojo? Do you just let it go? wait for it to return? fight to get it back? order pizza? :-) My mojo loss skews toward indecision. Like all of us, I suppose, I prefer to cook from the pantry and the freezer, with any luck, dinner will be quick and healthy. But as a blogger, there's another dimension: old recipes which need new pictures or new recipes that need work before they're ready to share. So there I am, stuck in a mire of hungry indecision, too many choices, too many limitations. To jump start dinner, I ignore my files, knowing that sooner than later, some recipe will pop up, usually

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

For Valentines this year, I'm writing a love letter to the nurses caring for my almost 90-year old father ... and sending simple chocolate shortbread cookies, tender and crisp and barely sweet. Barely Sweet & Generously Chocolate. Budget Friendly. Great for Food Gifts.