Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cranberry Spinach Salad


This is a tasty and easy salad for the winter months and it is a nice special occasion salad. The bright red cranberries are cheery and the pecans give it some crunch.  The dressing is a snap to make--you may find yourself making it to liven up a plain spinach salad during the week.

For a dinner party this is the perfect accompaniment to Chicken Marbella and rice pilaf.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes


Caught without pancake mix again?  Never fear!  This quick recipe will save your Sunday morning breakfast.  It's simple enough that your kids could make it for Mother's Day breakfast.  (Hint, hint.)  And just in case you lack baking powder, as I did, I will give you a baking soda option as well. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Coconut Date Balls


These are a traditional Christmas cookie in my husband's family.  His sister still makes them for us every year and they are our favorite holiday treat.  This year after eating all of the date balls provided by Ann and Amy, I decided that I would try to make them myself.  I had to adjust this recipe from Allrecipes.com, but now it is a pretty good approximation of the family favorite!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weeknight Quiche


Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook was the first cookbook I ever owned.  I can remember buying it at a bookstore on Spring Street when I was in college.  What possessed me to buy a cookbook when I didn't even have access to a kitchen?  I think I was impressed by the handwritten recipes, the fresh new ideas about cooking.  This was not my mother's cookbook.