Fall leaf clean-up

Not much is happening in my gardens these days so it’s time to start “putting them to bed” for the winter. A fellow Master Gardener friend shared one of her secrets to keeping her plantings happy – leaf mulch. Leaf much is preferable to hardwood mulch because it decomposes faster, thereby adding a slow releaseContinue reading “Fall leaf clean-up”

Ribeye French Onion Soup and Green Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

During these times when travel abroad is not an option due to health concerns, familiar senses can conjure up wonderful memories of holidays. French Onion Soup is a dish so classically French, that thoughts of dining at a quaint Paris bistrot come flooding back by its comforting aromas and taste. This recipe adds a bitContinue reading “Ribeye French Onion Soup and Green Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing”

Italian Sausage Sandwich

My mother made this for dinner when I was growing up and it was always a hit. Also, it is super easy to make! The title states “Italian Sausage”, but my mother, nor I, ever use Italian Sausage for it. We use Beef Kielbasa. We tend to eat these open faced to save calories. ItalianContinue reading “Italian Sausage Sandwich”

Three layer Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Who doesn’t like a chocolate cake? It is one of our favorites. Over the years, I have found that cake recipes that call for vegetable/canola oil or sour cream tend to be more moist and last longer than those without either of those ingredients. This cake recipe tends to be a bit messy during preparationContinue reading “Three layer Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting”

Braised Short Ribs

This is a wonderful main dish to serve at a dinner party because most of the prep happens well before the gathering. Short Ribs tend to be on the fattier side, but do try to get the leanest ones possible. For this particular meal, I doubled the recipe as I was hosting a dinner partyContinue reading “Braised Short Ribs”

Blackfin Tuna

Our neighbor recently gave us some lovely Blackfin Tuna that they caught. They were very generous in how much they shared with us so I was able to make Tuna Salad and Grilled some filets for dinner. Tuna Salad1/2 lb. fresh tuna3-4 ounces sweet pickle relish or cubes1/8 cup finely chopped onions1/8 cup finely choppedContinue reading “Blackfin Tuna”