Posted by: marthabernie | June 3, 2017

Gluten Free Chicken Parm

I have been experimenting with various chicken parm recipes lately, mostly trying to lower the carbs for those in the family who are doing low carb diet at the moment; here is a gluten free version:

Gluten Free Chicken Parm

Posted by: marthabernie | June 3, 2017

Semi-homemade Scones

This recipe uses a box of cranberry orange muffin mix as its base; that means any type of muffin mix could probably be used to make these scones:

Semi-homemade Scones

Posted by: marthabernie | June 2, 2017

My Brother Larry Marlin – 1958 or 1959

002This is a photo of my brother, Larry Marlin, taken about 1958 or very early 1959;  He bought this 1957 Chevy and handed the family’s 1940 Chevy over to my brother, Richard so I think it’s probably 1958.  Larry worked for Standard Oil stations which subsequently became Chevron.  He was wearing his work uniform when this photo was taken.  His birthday was June 2, 1937, today would have been his 80th birthday.

Posted by: marthabernie | June 2, 2017

The Double Rainbow Vanilla + Buttermilk Cake

Great use of the M&Ms on the top!  Beautiful inside!

The Double Rainbow Vanilla + Buttermilk Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | June 1, 2017

The Easter Woodlands On Cake

You must go and take a look at these two cakes; I’m not into all the complicated decorating in my own kitchen, but these are worth the look!

The Easter Woodlands On Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | May 31, 2017

Best Rice You Ever Had – Shrimp Fried Rice

This is a fairly simple recipe for shrimp fried rice.  All you need is a wok, though it could easily be made in a good skillet or deep frying pan:

Best Rice You Ever Had

Posted by: marthabernie | May 31, 2017

Double Chocolate Biscotti

I discovered a few years ago that biscotti is easier to make than I thought….time consuming, but not difficult:

Double Chocolate Biscotti

Posted by: marthabernie | May 30, 2017

Lemon Bars. Listening To The American Vogue.

Lemon Bars. Listening To The American Vogue.

Posted by: marthabernie | May 30, 2017

Asparagus Gruyère Tart. New Music From Levy & The Oaks.

Asparagus Gruyère Tart. New Music From Levy & The Oaks.

Posted by: marthabernie | May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Blackberry Cobbler

Happy Memorial Day Blackberry Cobbler

Posted by: marthabernie | May 28, 2017

Springtime in a Bowl – Shrimp, Asparagus and Tomato Pasta

Springtime in a Bowl – Shrimp, Asparagus and Tomato Pasta

Posted by: marthabernie | May 27, 2017

Maple Pecan Cupcakes

Maple Pecan Cupcakes

Posted by: marthabernie | May 26, 2017

Mixed berry and apple crumble

Mixed berry and apple crumble

Posted by: marthabernie | May 26, 2017

Homemade Caramel Turtles

Homemade Caramel Turtles

My mother never cooked asparagus when we were growing up, probably because my dad didn’t like it, but she may not have cared for it either.  We ate a lot of corn and green beans, salad and sometimes a few carrots and celery (raw).  It was rare to get peas for dinner, and we never ever ate broccoli at all…never.  I was emailing recently with one of my nieces and talking about how her dad, my oldest brother Larry, didn’t like chicken, turkey and pumpkin pie.  My mother always made a roast of beef or ham on holidays in addition to the turkey so he would have something to eat; and for regular meals, she would cook Larry a hamburger when she fried chicken for the rest of us.  He always got a cherry pie on the holidays, too.  Once my brothers were out of the house, she became a little more adventurous with things like lasagna and frozen mixed vegetables, but my dad was another finicky eater.  There were just things that he would not eat (basically, if they did not eat it on the farm when he was growing up, he didn’t care for it); or if he tried something he didn’t particularly like, he would tell my mother not to make it again!  When he died in 1974, they had been married 40 years and to say that my mother’s cooking habits changed would be putting it mildly.  When she moved in with us in 1989, they changed even more and she ate things that I had never seen her eat before like pizza, churros and lamb chops.

My niece commented that she wished she had asked my mother, her grandmother, how she fried chicken.  Well, I watched her do it hundreds of times and I’ve come to the conclusion that while we loved it when she made it, I much prefer crispier fried (or oven fried) chicken these days.  My mother dredged the chicken in flour, salt and pepper and fried it quickly in about a third of an inch of oil in a large, deep aluminum skillet.  Once both sides were well browned (and the oil would be gone by this time), she would then turn the heat down, cover the chicken and cook it on top of the stove until the chicken was done, turning it once or twice in the process.  What resulted was wonderfully moist, but somewhat soggy skinned fried chicken.  Sometimes she would turn the heat up again at the end and brown the skin a little more.  We loved it, but the best part of the meal was the milk gravy she made from the pan drippings which we poured over the mashed potatoes! And I am convinced that the memory of those fried chicken dinners is probably better than the actual chicken judged by today’s standards.

But back to asparagus…I remember getting a spear or two on top of chef’s salads in restaurants as a teenager, and still didn’t like it as the spears had come from a can and were soggy.  Then fast forward a few decades…like maybe 40 years…and I don’t remember where or exactly when I decided to try a spear of crispy asparagus … but I loved it!  I now put asparagus in pasta and risotto, eat it raw, make soup and especially like it roasted in the oven at 450 with a little garlic and olive oil.  My local Nordstrom store serves it as a side dish in one of its restaurants, and sometimes I just order asparagus and a slice of garlic bread!  Trader Joe’s has a frozen asparagus risotto that is great, and I also like to stir fry asparagus with other veggies.

The link below will take you to a recipe from Ireland that adds a little prosciutto to asparagus soup.  It’s a little hot now to be making soup, but I do have a recipe or two for chilled asparagus soup somewhere…and this is definitely the season to be eating fresh, local asparagus.

How many ways can we cook asparagus?

Posted by: marthabernie | May 24, 2017

Skinny Egg Roll Bowls 

This is sort of a deconstructed egg roll, take a look:

Skinny Egg Roll Bowls 

Posted by: marthabernie | May 23, 2017

Pick of the Season: Rhubarb, Lemon & Ginger Cake

Great flavor combination here:

Pick of the Season: Rhubarb, Lemon & Ginger Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | May 22, 2017

Snickerdoodle Funfetti Cake

I have never tried to make a snickerdoodle cake…have made probably thousands of the cookies over the years since I first got the recipe in the late 60’s or early 70s, but never a cake….

Snickerdoodle Funfetti Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | May 21, 2017

{Whole30} Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

{Whole30} Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Posted by: marthabernie | May 20, 2017

Baked Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, & Pancetta

Source: Baked Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, & Pancetta

Posted by: marthabernie | May 19, 2017

Funfetti Unicorn Cupcakes

Take a look at these…a really cute way to decorate the cupcakes!

Funfetti Unicorn Cupcakes

Posted by: marthabernie | May 19, 2017

Easy Arroz con Pollo

Easy Arroz con Pollo

Posted by: marthabernie | May 18, 2017

Revised Chicken with Broccoli

Source: Revised Chicken with Broccoli

Posted by: marthabernie | May 17, 2017

Zoodle Lasagna 

Source: Zoodle Lasagna 

Posted by: marthabernie | May 16, 2017

Pasta Primavera with Asparagus, Peas, & Crème Fraîche

Pasta Primavera with Asparagus, Peas, & Crème Fraîche

Another 13 chocolate desserts, this time with raspberries:

13 Irresistible Chocolate Raspberry Desserts Perfect for Spring & Summer

Posted by: marthabernie | May 15, 2017

Shortcut Baked Rigatoni with Meatballs

Shortcut Baked Rigatoni with Meatballs

Posted by: marthabernie | May 15, 2017

13 Chocolate Mocha Recipes

This is definitely worth a look…13 great recipes and links….

13 Chocolate Mocha Recipes

Posted by: marthabernie | May 15, 2017

Mini Brownie Cookie Dough Layer Cake

Interesting combination of flavors in a layer cake!

Mini Brownie Cookie Dough Layer Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | May 14, 2017

#OTD in Irish History – 12 May:

Another photo from Ireland (Trim Castle, County Meath) with interesting light!

OTD in Irish History – 12 May:

Posted by: marthabernie | May 14, 2017

Baked Chocolate Donuts

I never bother deep frying donuts these days, not that I ever did that very much anyway.  I have a pan for regular sized cake donuts and a mini size pan as well and I love making baked donuts.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Posted by: marthabernie | May 13, 2017

Greek Goddess Bowl

Don’t assume from the title that this recipe has anything to do with the Green Goddess salad dressing that was invented by the chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1932.  Take a look:

Greek Goddess Bowl

Posted by: marthabernie | May 13, 2017

Flourless Chocolate Cake – Gluten Free

This is a fairly standard recipe for those who are gluten free; it is nonetheless a GREAT cake!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Posted by: marthabernie | May 12, 2017

#OTD in Irish History – 10 May:

Another great photo showing light variations from On This Day in Irish History:

OTD in Irish History – 10 May:

Posted by: marthabernie | May 12, 2017

Mini Vegetable Tartlets

I can think of lots of veggie combinations for these:

Mini Vegetable Tartlets

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