September Supper Menu: Minestrone Soup

Have leftover vegetables and do not know what to make? Minestrone soup is the route you want to take. It is an Italian vegetable soup with a tomato broth. Usually made with rice or pasta. All depending on what mood you are in. A nice three-bean salad to go along with it makes a perfect…

July Soup and Salad Supper: Watermelon Gazpacho

When it is in the heat of the summer, cooking in the hot kitchen is a nasty business.  So why not pick up some fruit and veggies from the local farm and create a refreshing supper out on the deck.  Make the soup fun by serving the soup in the smaller half of watermelon. This cool,…

Greek Festival Specialty: Spanakopita – Spinach Cheese Pie

June is the start of festival season in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Over the years, going to the various festivals have become tradition and a unique way to socialize and party with friends.   All over the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Atlantic areas are international festivals, such as Greek, Italian, Irish, Scottish and German.  All are favorites with lots…

A Spring Soup and Salad Supper: Carrot Ginger Soup and Asian Chicken Salad

Carrot Ginger soup is a vegan dish that is full of flavor. Using fresh ginger gives it a little more. It’s light but great for your taste buds. Don’t worry about wasting any of it either; You can freeze it and pull it out whenever you’re in the mood for it. The perfect salad to…

Virginia Style Collards and Pork

Collards are one of the oldest cultivated plants in Virginia.  Ham and collards is a traditional favorite served at many of the Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast ran by Irish Americans.  Many of the Scot-Irish Americans that settle this country, the stable fare for growing in colonial gardens and cooking in the back kitchens was…

January is Casserole Season!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy-to-prepare; Cottage Pie is one of those dishes! In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. However, this dish is equally good with ground beef or…

Whiskey and Ginger Carrots

This is one of my favorite veggie dishes!  I love Jameson Irish Whiskey, so using it in this dish gives me that touch of Irishness that I love to add to menus. This recipe serves 2-3 servings, but with me and my husband, it only gives only two servings.  We love our garden fresh carrots….