Shrimp Etouffee Etouffee is easy to make and ‘shrimp’ly delicious

I’m of the opinion that any dish named using its French term immediately sounds 1,000 times fancier. Souffles (puffed up egg dishes) and fondue sovoyarde (cheese dip) and crème brulee (custard topped with burnt sugar) all sound infinitely luxurious. Even foie gras (duck liver pate) almost sounds appetizing. Shrimp etouffee is another of those dishes. …

Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup Cannellini beans and garlic make a soup that’s just ‘white’

Last week, I knew I was going to be doing dinner on my own one evening, because Joey was going to be gone for a bowling tournament. I immediately combed through my saved recipes on Pinterest, trying to decide what new recipe I’d try while he was away. I originally chose something I knew he …

Potato Poblano Corn Chowder Soup recipe lets me tell counter leftovers ‘see you tater’

They’ve just been staring at me. Four potatoes have been sitting on my kitchen counter since Thanksgiving, and as the days passed, they literally were growing some eyes to look at me with. So I knew I needed to make something to use them up, and with the weather finally hitting a dreaded cold snap, …

Ratatouille Want to be a French chef? You can d’ouille’ it!

In an online article, author Ossiana Tepfenhart explains that there are lots of foods we now consider “fancy” that were once “poor man’s food.” Dishes that fit the bill include lobster, oysters and even caviar.  Another dish that she could have included? Ratatouille.  The summer stew, native to Nice, France, was once considered a humble …

Jamaican Beef Patties This will make you ‘patty’ yourself on the back for a dinner well done

A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in a good friend’s socially distanced wedding, and in preparation for the big day, I did something I have never done before: get a manicure. I opted for French tips—a layer of very light pink on the bottom and white for the ends of each nail. It …