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,…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Spring Green Recipes

Eat Your Spring Green with these 17 Spring Green Recipes

It’s officially spring, my favorite time of the year. I love the feeling of renewal and hope spring brings. It’s like winter wiped the slate clean and there’s a chance to start over. If you’ve allowed yourself to slip on your New Year’s resolutions or your commitment to a Better You, the spring is also…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | My Slightly Less Than Authentic Dublin Coddle

My Slightly Less than Authentic Version of the Dublin Coddle

I slid onto the wood bench for lunch at John Kavanagh’s pub in Dublin, Ireland with a pint of cider and a menu. On first glance, I saw a small mishmash of pasta dishes and sandwiches interspersed with a couple of Irish dishes. The waitress recommended I try the Dublin Coddle. “What’s a Dublin Coddle?” I asked.…

Authentic Irish Brown Bread

13 Irish Recipes Just In Time for St. Patty’s Day

The hubby and I enjoyed our two months in Ireland over the summer of 2016. Such a beautiful green country with some of the best tasting milk and butter that I’ve had anywhere thanks to the year around grass supply. It’s easy to think Irish food is all green beer, potatoes and corned beef, since that’s what…

Southern Cornbread

Buttery, Warm Southern CornBread in Denver

Baking has been a challenge for me since moving from the East Coast to Colorado.  The altitude does nothing for my recipes from back home but I’m finally getting the hang of it.  I conquered making my wonderfully buttery Southern cornbread here in Denver.  I was so thrilled when I took that first bite of…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Tomato and Herb Bread

Tomato and Herb Bread: A Slice of Tomato Soup

As I sit here watching the light fluffy snowflakes fall outside, I reminisce about the warm tomato bread of Ireland. Today is the perfect day for baking my latest bread recipe Tomato and Herb Bread in the kitchen. Hubby and I came across the joys of Tomato Bread in Ireland. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of…

Exploring Michigan’s Food Culture: 9 Dishes and Recipes

A fun part of living a location independent lifestyle is getting to explore the local food culture. The upcoming move is to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. I don’t know much about Michigan. I know that Ann Arbor is a college town, the state borders Lake Michigan, it’s an industrial state with plenty of immigration…

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