Author: JKelly

KITCHEN DESIGNER | Culinary Experiences

Kitchens by Ambiance

Kitchens By Ambiance owner Jim Gerard is the host of KITCHEN DESIGNER. His design studio in Bonita Springs, Florida is known for its fine kitchen cabinetry, excellent custom design services, and personal caring customer attention. On an ongoing basis, Jim and Rob Kircher record weekly conversations and write about the […]

 
Peach Custard Tart - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Peach Custard Tart

I have to tell you about my 13-year-old granddaughter, Georgia. She plays Lacrosse, is a talented singer & actor who loves theater. But Georgia’s great love is BAKING – and that girl can bake!

 
Pasta Carbonara - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Pasta Carbonara

Our daughter asked if I would be willing to spend 2 weeks in August watching her to girls Sophie (17) & Georgia (13). while she went to a writer’s conference in Vermont.  I love these girls and of course said yes!  Let me tell you about “babysitting” for a 17 year with a driver’s license, an evening job at a restaurant and her own car & a 13-year-old with a million friend within walking distance.  I never saw them unless it was to go to the mall or out for lunch!

 
Ossobucco - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Ossobuco

I love Italian food and have to tell you I have ordered Osso Bucco at almost every Italian restaurant in a 20-mile drive from our home – some good & some not so good.  Some restaurant s use pork and some veal – I vote for veal.

 
Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

My Mom was a great Mom but when it came to cooking not so much.  Her main goal was to make sure dinner was on the table at 5:00 when my Dad came home from work.  She was really good at stretching a meal to feed the 6 of us and casseroles were her specialty.
I remember that big yellow Pyrex bowl serves steaming from the oven with tuna noodle casserole (always served with crushed potato chips on top), scalloped potatoes and ham,
goulash, etc. I guess in the 50’s there was no Food Network!

There was one dessert we all loved and she usually made it for special occasions like birthdays.
Remember Icebox Cake?  It was whipped cream layered with Nabisco Chocolate Wafer made in a loaf pan.

This recipe is many steps up from the original.

 
GRILLED SALMON w ORZO, FETA & RED WINE VINAIGRETTE - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Grilled Salmon with Orzo, Feta, and Red Wine Vinaigrette

It’s a great dish to prepare for a crowd.  The orzo salad can be made ahead of time and be served at room temperature.  At the last-minute grill salmon, toss orzo salad with spinach, top with grilled salmon and sprinkle with feta cheese and chives.  I’ve served this for dinner to 12 guests – Delicious & Easy