Braised Lamb Shanks with Kabocha Squash

  This goes into the “Big Bowl of Comfort” category. Braised Lamb Shanks with Kabocha Squash melts in your mouth, warms your belly and fills you with a sense of well being and love. Isn’t that what comfort food is supposed to do?  Yes, that may be pure hyperbole, but this really is a lovely dish. […]

Winter Squash Recipes Perfect for the Thanksgiving Table

So. . . good things have been coming my way lately. I feel very lucky, though I have worked long and hard to get here.  Now, along with my being a contributor to Zester Daily I have become a contributor to Mom.me! I hear you all saying “Yeah and what does that have to do […]

Slow Cooker Thai Green Curry

This is a big bowl of comfort. There are few things better than a stew of some sort, dense with vegetables and meat, warming you from the inside out. Although stews are considered winter fare, I enjoy them year round. Especially when made in the slow cooker, because it does not make my kitchen hot […]

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup with Kale

    Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is my favorite winter squash. Ever since they became readily available in local supermarkets I have been enjoying them. But as much as I love them, it took my family a minute to jump on the kabocha bandwagon.   One Thanksgiving, about five or six years […]

Spiced Roasted Winter Vegetables

  The holidays are fast approaching, and I am gathering my recipes for the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.  Thanksgiving is my holiday in the family, and for the past few years I have been introducing new ingredients and styles of cooking to the traditional family recipes. When you are a culinary school graduate you are […]