Roasted Chicken with Herb Butter, Roasted Vegetables and Giblet Gravy

Roast whole chicken with herb butter, giblet gravy and vegetables.

I wish this blog was in smell-o-vision because this roasted whole chicken smells magical.  The flesh of this succulent “yard bird” is perfectly flavored by the lush herb butter.  When teamed with roasted vegetables and homemade giblet gravy, you have a perfect Sunday roast to serve to your family and friends.

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Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for a Good Cause

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

First off,  HAPPY LABOR DAY! I hope everyone in the States is having a lovely extra day off with family and friends.  I’m sure a few of you are making my No Hassle Burgers and Healthy Potato Salad.  Now here is your dessert!

Gobs of gooey sweet cream cheese frosting surrounds this moist carrot cake filled with lovely comforting spice. You know I love recipes that use up leftovers (those last two carrots in the bottom of your crisper) and are most likely already in your cupboard. Well this recipe takes care of both of those things plus it tastes like a bit of heaven and incidentally goes great with a glass of cava, you’ll see later. Continue reading

Recipe Round-up: Tomatoes

Summer is peaking and tomatoes are bursting off their vines.  I love the smell of a ripe tomato that’s been sitting in the sun.  Just cut me a wedge, sprinkle with some sea salt or dip in a bit of homemade vinaigrette and I am happier than a puppy getting his belly rubbed.  Funny thing is that I hated raw tomatoes until I was nearly sixteen.  All that joy I was missing.  Luckily my taste buds grew up! Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best tomato recipes out this week.  Some simple, some a bit more complex, all deliciou Continue reading

Zesty Tomato Caponata – Bonus recipe!

This is a bonus recipe from August Guest Blogger, Valerie Catullo, “Growing up, wastefulness was considered the eighth deadly sin. Never throw out something you can use again or in a new and different way. While making the Lemony Tomato Basil Soup I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away the leftover mushy tomato-root veggie mixture. After a few experiments I came up with this zesty caponata that mirrors the flavors in the soup – only now in a spread! Put it on sandwiches, over fish, or our personal favorite – as a sauce over zucchini noodles. Enjoy!” Continue reading

Lemony Tomato Basil Soup – Guest Blog!

It’s that time of year when tomatoes are at there best and homegrown gardens are heaving!  What do you do with your abundant harvest? Make this to die for soup from this month’s guest blogger, Valerie Catullo. Putting a summery twist on traditional tomato basil soup, which sings Winter Warmer, by making it really zingy with a fresh lemon pop! Get canning and get eating! Continue reading