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French Toast with Cranberry Sauce

As we approach the holidays, most of us have been feverishly searching the Web and/or scouring cookbooks for new dazzling, festive, feast-worthy recipes to spring on our family and friends.  This recipe for French Toast with Cranberry Sauce caught my eye a few weeks ago and I finally got around to making it today.   It was well worth the wait! View full post »



cottage pie

This Cottage Pie is pure comfort food and not a far departure from the well-known and appreciated Shepherd’s Pie.  I tossed in a few Italian herbs, Marsala wine and some Parmesan cheese to make it noteworthy, but other than that – this is a pretty basic recipe.  A little diced zucchini and yellow squash fits in nicely here if you have any on hand.  I didn’t so we’re working with the ever humble peas and carrots duo. View full post »

  • November 17, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) - Two things I dearly love about this, the parmesan mashed potato topping, great idea and that photo with the sprigs of thyme on top. So inviting.ReplyCancel


This is a really great simple recipe for Parmesan Chicken (aka Chicken Parmesan).    It’s one of my stanby recipes to make in a pinch on a weeknight after a long day at work.   When I come home from work at the end of the day – the last think I want to do is spend a lot of time in my kitchen making a long-winded recipe.  More importantly – I don’t want to spend a lot of time in my kitchen after dinner cleaning up a huge affair.   Why I love this humble Parmesan Chicken is because it’s an unfussy dish to make and it comes together quicker than ordering a Double-Double at In N Out.   Seriously!! View full post »



Croissants with Caramelized Apples, Cranberries and Walnuts makes for a lovely rustic dessert that has a certain air about it .  This apple dessert is certainly festive enough to serve for a special occasion, yet simple enough to whip up after a long day at work.  This little ensemble is a mix of mellow brown sugar, tender apples, tart cranberries, crispy candied walnuts.  The croissants are from La Brea Bakery and they’re perfectly soft and flaky.   These flavors are reminiscent of the iconic American apple pie, yet this caramelized apple dessert is much quicker and easier to make. View full post »


APPLE SALAD WITH apple vinaigrette This Fall Salad with apples is a quintessential fall salad.  I especially love the apple vinaigrette!  A whole (small) Honeycrisp apple is blended in with the other ingredients giving this apple dressing a fresh, slightly sweet – slightly tart taste.   View full post »


coconut chicken I’m baaaaaack.  Finally!  My flooring project took a little longer than expected.  We ran into a few hiccups which dragged things out a bit.  And, boy….do I feel like I missed a big chunk of summer.  Work was super busy while it was all going on so I was pretty much burning the candle at both ends, and unfortunately, the blog was neglected.  I’m soooo happy to be back at it.   This Coconut Chicken was the first thing that I made in about 4 weeks.  Oh, I hardboiled a few eggs and boiled some water for tea, but that was about it.  I ate out a lot!  I’m sooo glad to have my kitchen back, I can’t even tell you! View full post »

  • October 18, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) - I know how you feel, we moved and downsized and I feel like I missed out on Summer. Your floors look beautiful and I’m impressed you took on the task yourself. And your recipe sounds delicious. Love this kind of flavor combo.ReplyCancel

Patty Melt with mushrooms

Life has been a little crazy lately with my house torn up as I have some new flooring installed.  For those of you who know me, know I have a mild case of OCD – not cracker-jack crazy OCD – I mean it doesn’t bother me that the labels of my canned goods aren’t all going in the same direction  or anything like that (ahem Cathe)….but these kinds of things drive me batty.  The entire contents of my loft and living room are crammed into my guest bedroom and my master closet.  When I went to photograph this sandwich today – I couldn’t find my camera.  Anywhere!!   Looking forward to next week when things are back to normal.  The great part about it all is the contractor who is doing my work is a friend that I’ve known since grade school.  I’d really be a wreck if I didn’t trust the guy doing the work!  Any way…enough ranting….on to this Patty Melt with Mushrooms which is the best patty melt I’ve ever .  It’s also the only thing I’ve cooked in almost 2 weeks! View full post »

  • September 15, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) - This is one great looking sandwich. Thanks for the idea. Pinned. Hope your life is back in order soon. i have to admit, we put off having some work done around our house simply because we don’t know who to trust. :/ReplyCancel

    • September 21, 2014 - 5:05 am

      Delicious Happens - Thanks, Lea Ann! It all should be wrapped up this week. Besides knowing my guy since grade school – he’s done the flooring for the Outback Steakhouse restaurants in California. I lucked out on this one.ReplyCancel