Pumpkin Curry Soup

Autumn colors and flavors are my favorite! This soup fits both, a beautiful pumpkin color, and loaded with a spicy curry flavor…delicious as a starter, or a light lunch. Our plan was to serve this with Naan grilled cheese…keep an eye out for that to come! We found this fun pumpkin tureen last year for… Continue reading Pumpkin Curry Soup

“Black Forest” Mousse

We’ve enjoyed chocolate mousse for many years, but I decided to change it up this time using cherry brandy…horror of horrors…the dissent was palpable. But, the result was delicious and will be enjoyed again, especially since I still have more cherry brandy…🍒 🍒 Tova Decadent, rich, creamy chocolate mousse with a dollop of freshly whipped… Continue reading “Black Forest” Mousse

Pork Loin Roast with Cardamom and Roasted Veggies

Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, or 2 teaspoons dried 1 teaspoon ground Cardamom (divided…see directions) 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1 3 lb. Boneless pork loin, trimmed of excess fat 3 small fennel bulbs, tops removed, cut into wedges, cutting through the core. 10 carrots, peeled and thickly… Continue reading Pork Loin Roast with Cardamom and Roasted Veggies

Very Blueberry Muffins

This recipe makes 24 muffins …so enough to share! You can always cut it in half, but I think they would freeze well, not really sure because they don’t hang around very long… Tova INGREDIENTS : • 18 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature–2 1/4 sticks • 2 1/4 cups sugar • 4 large eggs, room… Continue reading Very Blueberry Muffins

Zelle’s Sweet Hot Mustard

Lottie Zelle (everyone just called her Zelle) was my maternal grandmother, of whom I only know mostly from stories and pictures. She was a school teacher and raised four children in the 30’s and 40’s…tending a garden, canning, baking…We feel like we would have had much in common with her and much to learn.. This… Continue reading Zelle’s Sweet Hot Mustard

Roasted Beet Salad

This is the pic that got all this started! We love salad and enjoy quite a variety, my joke was when I got married that I didn’t know how to cook, but could make a mean salad! As with most of our salads, they are open to interpretation… Taste and adjust according to what you… Continue reading Roasted Beet Salad


There are few opportunities for us to experience a true Cubano where we live in rural middle America but through TV and books we get the idea, they’re good! Maybe you’re wondering, is this worth the effort? It’s just a sandwich. Is the Mona Lisa just art? Are Mountains just high? Is Machu Picchu just… Continue reading Cubanos

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Helping us usher in the last days of summer. With the last of our local summer peaches we made the best cobbler you can. Ina Garten inspires us, but we always end up tweaking things here and there… For The Peaches: 8-10 large peaches peeled and cut into wedges 1/3 C orange juice… Continue reading Peach Cobbler