Balmier weather is slowly starting to make an appearance here at the Casa Izz.The bulbs we planted last spring are poking their heads out of the ground, lazily trying to decide if we're truly deserving of a few pretty flowers in our sorry excuse for a yard. The maple is happily blooming away and ... Read More about When Life Hands You Mint… – Grapefruit Mojitos
Given The Boy's heritage, I suppose it's only understandable that he and the kosher dill pickle have a near-symbiotic relationship (one which is only surpassed by chicken soup with square noodles, it seems).So it should have been no surprise when the other day, out of the blue, he asks me "Is it ... Read More about Sunshine in a Jar – Spicy Pickled Carrots
Every so often, I'll manage to find pork tenderloin on sale at the supermarket at a ridiculously cheap sale price that would make even a chicken drumstick blush... at which point I'll buy a couple of roasts and run gleefully home to preheat the oven. I can't help but feel like I'm committing some ... Read More about Weekday Indulgence #1 – Maple Mustard Pork Loin
While there's nothing wrong with toast and a bowl of cereal in the morning, there's something to be said for a full-blown Sunday brunch spread, which can be enjoyed in a leisurely manner whilst scritching a cat behind the ears or flipping through the latest batch of flyers.There's a particularly ... Read More about Sunday Morning Sunshine – Pannetone French Toast
I have a small obsession with retro food.Most often, it simply involves giggling over archaic concepts of 1950s Convenience Cooking like Tomato Soup Cake or Coca-Cola Ham, or the "daring" of 1970s Hippie Ethnic Cuisine like a Spicy Curry Chicken that calls for a whopping "pinch of curry powder" lest ... Read More about Let’s Do The Time Warp – That 90s Salad
I'm sure I'm not the only one who went a bit overboard during the holidays, but now that we're firmly entrenched in the post-holiday period of dietary atonement (and gulp-worthy credit card bills), I thought it might be time for something a wee bit more... light.However, I have absolutely no plans ... Read More about Atoning for my Sins
To celebrate the new year, I made Hoppin' John last night, which apparently brings good luck for the next twelve months. Good luck or not, it's tasty and comforting.After checking out a few recipes, The Boy gave his seal of approval to the version from the new Joy of Cooking. It came out quite ... Read More about Happy New Year!
I'm betting you're probably sick of my soup recipes by now, right?Too bad for you! It's not even officially winter yet, so I'm really just getting started on the annual soup-making binge. Besides, this one has bacon in it, and we all know that anything with bacon in it must be good.For you ... Read More about Soup, Soup and More Soup