Pears in Vanilla Cream Sauce

pears in vanilla cream sauce

I am a great believer that every once in a while, you should throw your family a total curve ball at dinner time.  As in, something that they would never in their wildest dreams have expected to find on their supper plate.  In our house, that means, yes, dessert for dinner.  And so one night not so long ago, I served up a warm, creamy, cinnamon-sugary pears in vanilla cream sauce.  It's an easy and elegant dessert that would be the perfect ending to a special occasion dinner party, but when you serve it up on a Tuesday night for supper?  It might taste even better! Read More & Get the Recipe

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Baked in Milk

chicken baked in milk

THIS CHICKEN CHANGES EVERYTHING.  I think I ran around my kitchen saying that over and over again after I snuck the first bite (okay, the first 5 or 6 bites) as I was serving it up.  This comes from Jamie Oliver's recipe, and I had heard about it so many times that I finally had to see what all the rhapsodizing was about.  Cooking a chicken in milk is a little offbeat, but the Southern husband and I love cooking pork chops in milk - we've done it for years - and so I thought what the heck.  I got myself a chicken and some milk...but little did I know that this was going to be one those days that a recipe rocked my world.  I  love it when that happens. Read More & Get the Recipe

Brown Butter Walnut Pasta

brown butter walnut pasta

This is one of those simple simple simple ingredients that I make when I don't want to give more than 2 seconds thought to dinner.  I always have the ingredients, it is ready in two shakes, it couldn't be easier to make, and most importantly, it tastes like HEAVEN.  The heaven part is due to the miracle of brown butter, which is butter that has been lovingly melted on the stove until it turns, yes, brown.  Brown butter has a nutty taste that is indescribably delicious, so I won't even try...but it did give me the idea of adding some nuts to this pasta dish.  Just when I thought heaven couldn't get any more heavenly...it did. Read More & Get the Recipe

Buttered Tarragon Chicken

buttered tarragon chicken

This is the time of year when I really, really, REALLY miss my trusty whiskey barrels of herbs that are outside my kitchen door.  They are still there, but currently they are under a good 18 inches or so of mean-looking frozen snow, and the lovely friendly basil, rosemary, parsley, sage, mint, thyme and tarragon that live in them during the summer are just misty memories.  So every once in a while I fork over the money to buy a handful of whatever herb I am craving, just to remind me that one day I will be able to just run outside and snip myself a handful.  This time I was jonesing for sweet anise-tasting tarragon, with some brown butter braised chicken. Read More & Get the Recipe

Buttered Turkey Breast Roast…and Thankfulness!

butter roasted turkey breast

Here it comes, one of my favorite holidays of the year!  Yes because of the turkey and all the fixings, and even more because of the friends and family.  I have so much to be thankful for I don't even know where to start (more on that later)...so while I am figuring that out, let's talk turkey!  There are various reasons you might need to cook a glorious golden buttered turkey breast instead of a whole turkey.  Maybe your Thanksgiving crowd is a small and intimate one.  Maybe there was no leftover turkey from the big bird (the HORROR!) and you need some more turkey.  Whatever your reason, here's your delicious answer - and it doesn't even need be Thanksgiving in order to make it. Read More & Get the Recipe

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

one pot basil tomato pasta

Every so often a recipe starts floating around that everyone, and I mean everyone is making.  Lately it seems to be this one pot tomato basil pasta, which involves putting pasta, tomatoes and basil in a pot with water and cooking it all up together.  No muss, no fuss, all deliciousness.  And since I never want to be left out of anything that includes any of those ingredients, I decided to dive in and do a Framed Cooks variation on this perfect perfect busy weeknight recipe. Read More & Get the Recipe