• Breakfast & Brunch,  Main Dishes,  Recipes,  Snacks

    Everything Chaffle

    Vertical image of two chaffles with cream cheese and a sprinkling of everything seasoning. A small blue bowl is in the background.

    My low carb, keto Everything Chaffle has all the delicious tastiness of a bagel with cream cheese and everything seasoning, but has only 4 net carbs!

    Close-up of two chaffles with cream cheese and everything seasoning on a plate.

    But wait… what exactly is a chaffle? A chaffle is a CHeese wAFFLE! Yup! A waffle with cheese. But it gets better. The most basic chaffle is just egg and mozzarella cheese. Can you believe it contains no flour, no wheat flour at all, that is loaded with carbs? Wh-aaaat?!?!

    So, let’s see… it is low carb and perfect for keto dieters. It has no wheat flour, so it is gluten free. And it contains no meat so it is vegetarian. Win! Win!… and Win!

    Can you tell I am a little excited about this concoction? A chaffle is delicious on its own plus an amazing little base for all kinds of delicious goodness.

  • Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic

    Side view of Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic on a wooden cutting/serving board. Sliced French bread is in the background.

    Cozy Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic is a whole meal in one pan. No one would ever guess it takes just 10 minutes to prepare!

    Side View of Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic on a Cutting/Serving Board

    A roast chicken with potatoes dinner always makes me think of home and what “home cooking” means to me.  Growing up my mom used to make a Sunday dinner that was slow cooked or slow roasted.  While a pot roast would take most of the afternoon after church to cook, a roast chicken dinner was just as easy to bring together to go into the oven and took about half the time.  That time, while the chicken was roasting, was when we could catch up with each other with what was happening in school and at work.

    In this age it is hard to image, just having time to sit and talk.  My best memories are of the times gathered at the dining table with some coffee, tea, or juice and a small snack.  There was no tv in the background. No cell phones to distract and for our community, it was common courtesy not to telephone on Sunday unless it was urgent.  Those were truly the days of “mindfulness” and really learning about each other and yourself during the quiet times.

  • Main Dishes,  Pasta & Rice,  Recipes,  Savory Sauces

    Italian Meat Sauce

    Portrait View of Italian Meat Sauce over Bucatini Pasta on a White Plate with a Fork. A bottle of red wine and glass in the background.

    This is seriously the best Italian Meat Sauce. Every time I make it, friends and family ask for the recipe. It is rich. It is savory. This is the sauce you dream of!

    Italian Meat Sauce and pasta on a white plate. A bowl of pasta and Italian Meat Sauce is in the background.

    Although I call it an “Italian Meat Sauce”, it actually is a type of Bolognese sauce. My recipe came from my Mom, who got the recipe decades ago from her Italian neighbors, Alex and Teresa, in San Francisco. The only changes I’ve made to the recipe is to not use ground veal (I never buy or use veal) or to include rosemary. I personally think rosemary overpowers the dish, but that is my preference. If you love rosemary by all means add a tablespoon of fresh, crushed leaves when you add the other herbs.

    You can buy the ingredients for my Italian Meat Sauce at most grocery stores. There is nothing exotic and you might already have on hand most of the ingredients. Even San Marzano whole tomatoes are at my local Walmart and Trader Joe’s. But if you cannot find this type of canned tomatoes, use your favorite brand. Because San Marzano tomatoes tend to be ever so slightly sweeter than regular tomatoes, add a scant teaspoon of white granulated sugar to the batch of sauce as it simmers.

  • Casseroles,  Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Italian Seasoned Pork Chops in Creamed Corn

    talian Seasoned Pork Chops on a bed of Creamed Corn in a smoked glass baking dish.

    Italian Seasoned Pork Chops in Creamed Corn is a simple old-fashioned dish updated for today.  You will love the sweetness of the creamed corn paired with the savory Italian seasoned pork chops.

    Italian Seasoned Pork Chops in Creamed Corn in a smoked glass baking dish.

    Sometimes you just want something that reminds you of home. Whether, it’s been a hard day at work or a day when things aren’t going quite right, a favorite dish from childhood can make me feel better.

    This dish is my Version of one my Mom Used to Make

    As a child I loved this dish of browned pork chops baked in creamed corn. Mom’s version was true homestyle, comfort food. Although, I loved her version of pork chops in creamed corn, my palate has changed with time. Now, I crave a little more seasoning oomph… and Italian herbs seemed a perfect choice!