fat free opinions on a food centric life

Winter Recipes

Gumbo with Ham Hock and Shrimp

Gumbo with Ham Hock and Shrimp

  Gumbo with Ham Hock and Shrimp I was lucky to be involved in many projects when I was teaching requiring travel to many areas of the U.S. and what I  enjoyed about each experience was that after a brain draining day of work — […]

Pork and Cabbage Soup

Pork and Cabbage Soup

  Pork and Cabbage Soup When I think back on most years of my life, I am able to remember being sick once every year or two — and when I started teaching — every year.  Sometimes, it went on for more than two months, […]

Baked Apple Dumplings with Sweet Browned Butter Sauce

Baked Apple Dumplings with Sweet Browned Butter Sauce

  I think the first time I tried to make an apple dumpling I was about 26, give or take a year. I don’t remember cooking much during that particular time in my life, but what I did cook has stayed with me — for […]

Cassoulet

Cassoulet

I think the first time I heard anyone mention cassoulet, it was Martha Stewart years ago in the first version of her television show.  Outside of remembering that the main ingredients were white beans and a huge amount of meat for what could be classified […]

Apple Pomegranate Crisp with Pistachios

Apple Pomegranate Crisp with Pistachios

I love baked apples;  in pies, cobblers, cakes, — you name it, and I love them. But I think apple crisp is my favorite.  I’ll blame it on my brother since he was crazy over it when we were growing up.  And if he knew […]