Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dinner tonight

I bought three beautiful fresh Tuna steaks from my fishmonger and plan on grilling them tonight.

Let's try this recipe on for size.

Tuscan-Style Grilled Tuna Steaks

4 fresh tuna steaks, 8 ounces each,
1-inch thick lemon, zested
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, about 2 tablespoons leaves stripped from stem
Handful flat leaf parsley
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Coarse salt and black pepper or grill seasoning
Extra-virgin olive oil, for cooking

Rinse and pat tuna steaks dry. Place zest on top of cutting board. Pile rosemary and parsley leaves on top of zest. Pile garlic and some coarse salt and black pepper or grill seasoning on top of herbs. Finely chop the garlic, herbs, and spices. Drizzle the olive oil over the tuna steaks just enough to coat each side. Rub herb and garlic mixture into fish, coating pieces evenly on each side. Let stand 10 minutes.

Grill tuna steaks 6 minutes on each side or 4 minutes on each side, if you prefer pink tuna at the center. Cook steaks over: high setting on indoor electric grill, medium high heat on outdoor gas grill or, 6 inches from hot, prepared charcoal.

I'll post the photos and my review tonight.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cookies and more cookies

I've said it before and I shall say it again...I LOVE MY NEIGHBORS!

I live in a community.  For once in my life, I know my neighbors and they know me.  They look out for me and vice versa.  They bring me dinner when I'm home alone or have worked late.  It feels good to belong.

To reach out to my neighbors, I am baking Linzer cookies and cinnamon rolls for them this evening.  I'm so excited!!!

As the weather chills, I look forward to baking in my kitchen.  I love creating treats and meals. 

For Halloween the subdivision comes together for a chili cook off.  The adults dress in costume - I will be the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland this year.  Can't you just see and hear me?  "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!"  LOL

I made an awesome apple cider for last year's celebration and this year I'll whip up something delightful.

So tell me, what's your fall ritual?

Friday, September 2, 2011


I was on a granola kick.  I couldn't find one that would serve me so I turned to my tried and true...smitten kitchen.  If she doesn't have's not to be had.  I adore her website (

I baked and baked batches of these.  My friends Char and Ern came for a visit and Char is always such a doll and sends us home with lots of treats I repaid the favor and made Granola Bars.  Ern said Char has made them every day since they left my house.  HA!  I haven't made them since their visit.  I will make some this weekend.

They are amazing.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Although I live a thousand miles away from New York City - it is one of my favorite places.

What drives home NYC is the fact that I now have a galley kitchen. It's adorable, it's cute, it's modern but it is small. I am learning what is important and my life and my kitchen are important.

We've been "snowed" or more properly, "Iced" in for several days and I was busy creating.

I made bagels! My friend Charlene, who lives in a quaint town in NC, made them for me one morning and it was so easy I had to recreate them.

Pics and recipe to follow!