Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Authentic Potato Gnocchi

My New and Improved Authentic Potato Gnocchi Recipe

The end of an era happened earlier this year. This past January, Daring Cook announced that December 2016 was the last Daring Cook Challenge. Although it’s been awhile since I participated, I’m a little sad to see the challenge go. I made new and strange foods that I probably wouldn’t have considered, expanding my food knowledge…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Today, I’m bringing you a real treat using one of my favorite whole grains, a Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs. The hubby and I fell in love with the simple goodness of farro in Italy, where they’ve been growing and eating farro for around 3,000 years. Maybe longer. Here in the US,…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Goat Cheese, Basil, Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

18 Recipes for Celebrating Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

It’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.  A day for celebrating all things ooey and gooey on toasted bread. The origin of the grilled cheese sandwich dates back as long as men have had cheese and bread but the modern sandwich as we know it today comes from around the 1920’s. With plenty of cheap presliced bread…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Goat Cheese, Basil, Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich + Recipe

The grilled cheese sandwich! A statement of heavenly ooey, gooey toasted cheese and bread like in the Goat Cheese, Basil and Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich I’m sharing today. There’s a technique to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can throw just any type of bread and…

Seasonal spring lamb

It’s Lamb Season and here’s 12 Spring Lamb Recipes

It’s springtime and time for spring lamb. Well, it is in many cultures. While lamb use is increasing in the US, Americans are not huge consumers of lamb compared to the rest of the world. In fact, the average American only eats 0.88 pounds of lamb per year compared to the 26/25 pounds per person…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Lavender and Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lavender and Lemon Shortbread Cookies

All the Derby parties and spring events such as Easter and Mother’s Day have had me thinking of tea and cookies. There’s just something about large hats and brightly colored spring dresses that remind me of playing tea as a child. I also have thoughts of the traditional British 4 o’clock tea time, complete with plates of biscuits…

Baked Eggs with Herbed Ricotta and Greens

Baked Eggs with Herbed Ricotta and Greens

The hubby and I are greeting this year’s spring on a small farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That’s one of the fun things about property management and pet sitting, we’re always somewhere new, experiencing new people, places and of course, food. On this sit, we’re lucky enough to be blessed with lots of fresh colorful,…

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