Kale and Bacon Baked Risotto

    I really enjoy risotto. But I do not make it because I just do not have the time and patience needed to stand and stir for 45 minutes while the arborio rice absorbs the stock. Nope, not this gal. But luckily, you can make a baked risotto that tastes really, really good. I […]

Greens N Grits

  Grits. Southerners eat them. A lot. Some like them sweetened with sugar and drowning in butter. Some like them with salt and pepper and drowning in butter. Some don’t have a clue what they are. I tend to laugh when some snobbish foodie goes on and on about how wonderful polenta is, then if […]

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 […]

Sausage and Kale Stew

Now that its cold here in Southern California (you know, 60 degrees) I have been making soups and stews again. I know it doesn’t have to be cold to enjoy them, but something about walking inside to get out of 80 degree weather does not inspire me to sit down to a steaming bowl of […]