Pimento Cheese Arancini

I’m very particular about pimento cheese, and I would rather make it myself than take my chances with a store-bought brand. So when I was asked to come up with a recipe using Queen Charlotte Pimento Cheese Royale pimento cheese I was a little skeptical. I’d been burned too many time by bad batches of […]

Honey Granola

I’ve struggled with making granola for years. It was either too soggy or too dry.  Then it was too sweet or not sweet enough. I love granola but I only buy it if I have a coupon and it’s on sale. Otherwise, I’d end up with a box “filled” with just 1 cup of granola for […]

Everyday Rice

We eat a lot of rice in my house.  It’s the perfect side dish and there are different varieties that go with almost any meal.  Rice is one of those essential dishes that almost any home cook can master with a few simple techniques. I often get asked how to cook rice so that it’s fluffy […]

Creamy Polenta

Polenta is basically Italian grits. It’s an easy dish to make and all you need are a few simple ingredients to prepare the perfect side dish to accompany rich, meaty, saucy dishes like Braised Short Ribs. Creamy Polenta, adapted from Lidia Bastianich Makes 4 servings 4 cups chicken stock 2 sprigs thyme 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 cup medium-grain […]