Family Entertaining

easy lentil soup

Lentil Soup

Today is the first day of fall! In preparation, I made a big batch of lentil soup this morning so we could just heat it up whenever we’re ready to eat. For me, nothing says “fall” quite like a hearty bowl of soup. It seems strange to me that this is the first day of fall.

Rigatoni and Meatballs a great family meal

Family Meal: Rigatoni and Meatballs

This meatball recipe turned out to be a HUGE success. It was simple to make and so delicious that my family devoured the entire meal in silence, barely taking time between bites to breathe (which, between me and my two lively, talkative girls, is extremely rare). Every fresh ingredient seemed to bloom in a perfect combination of delightful flavors.

green goddess dressing, garden salad, summer salad

Green Goddess Dressing

It works well as a dip for veggies, dressing on crispy greens or in place of mayo on a sandwich. However you add it to you culinary repertoire; sit back and watch your guests light up when they sample your latest garden creation with zeal.

Red Chicken Curry

Red Chicken Curry

I was inspired to make this easy version Red Chicken Curry…normally when I make curry’s I prepare it from scratch. This one ended up being an easy and excellent dinner at home for the family. I was able to prep everything in the afternoon while the girls were at school, so the actual cooking time pre-dinner was super quick. We have snow peas in the garden so I got to use up some of those, too.

Rica

Rica’s Tortilla Soup

Every time she cooks I am excited. Here is Rica’s wonderful and easy tortilla soup. It is delicious!

inspired-table

An Inspired Table

Every meal is a fresh experience, a chance to sit down with people you care about and enjoy wonderful food and wine. I love setting the table with the menu in mind. Let a feeling from the meal or color inspiration guide your table. I often pick an element or color that strikes me while I cook.