Cooking From the Hip ~ Summer Fare

Hey there, little blog readers! Here’s a quick and easy summer side or light main dish recipe! With the weather getting warmer, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen cooking heavy meals like we may have been doing in the winter. And by “may have” I mean every day for me. Seriously, why do I wonder about how I put on weight when it’s cold? Anyway, this recipe comes from a “Taste of Home” magazine cookbook that jumped {Read More}

Cooking From the Hip ~ Comfort Food

Ahh winter… when a girl’s fancy turns to comfort food! While I am not a vegetarian, I have found myself turning to more and more veggie meals in this cooler weather.  The combinations of flavors and spices are just as comforting as the staples of meat and potatoes (or my usual fave, pasta and cheese). But with these meals, I have less guilt about indulging in dessert later! Moroccan Vegetable Stew 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 {Read More}

Cooking From the Hip ~ Blueberries

There should be a law about cooking shows on TV late at night. I cannot tell you how many times I have been wide awake at 1 a.m. watching some Food Network show that only served to make me hungry and even less tired than I was before I turned it on! Case and point:  A couple of weeks ago I was curled up in my chair watching Guy Fieri at DMK Burger bar in Chicago (stay with me vegetarians; {Read More}

Cooking From the Hip ~ Peaches

Sometimes I get frustrated living in a small town. Our largest store is Walmart, and our nicest restaurant is Chili’s (no offense, I just can’t eat fried onion blossoms more than once a year). We don’t have a mall and Main Street rolls up the sidewalks on Sundays!  But with all the minor inconveniences, there are the wonderful little perks as well. One of these happy gems fell into my day while I was at the local Farmer’s Market.  I {Read More}

Cooking From the Hip ~ Pesto

I have a confession to make: While I do enjoy cooking, I despise trying to decide what to make for dinner. I go online, read cookbooks, watch Food Network; but usually, I come up with nothing. To make matters worse, my family expects food EVERY DAY! What is up with that? One of my only saving graces (other than take out) is when our garden starts to come in season. But alas, my husband got a late start this year; {Read More}