Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage in a slow cooker - from

Since St Patrick’s Day is on a Tuesday, this year,  I thought I’d offer an easy method for preparing the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage – using a slow cooker.  Put it on before you leave for work (or the pub) and it’ll be almost ready when you get home.  Easy huh!  I think I’ll […]

Moroccan Shepards Pie

Moroccan Shepard's Pie from

I like to take a classic dish and switch up a few ingredients. This time I’m starting with my Shepard’s Pie. I switched the topping to sweet potato and added some Moroccan spices, tomatoes and dates – Voila! This dish is a nice way to introduce some different flavors to your family/guests, by using a familiar base. It’s easy enough for a weekday and exotic enough for company.

Duck Ragu

Duck Ragu from

During the winter I love comfort dishes like soups and stews.  Here’s a Duck ragu that’s comforting and fancy enough for company. What is a ragu?  It’s a meat based sauce that’s generally served with pasta.  One of my friends makes it often and I love it. So, I decided to try and make my own.  I […]

Ginger Steamed Fish

Giner Steamed Fish from

So how many of you have a bamboo steamer?  Maybe in that cabinet over the refrigerator where you keep seldom used kitchen apparatus?  That’s where mine was when I “fished” it out for today’s recipe. ( Ha – I crack myself up!)  I bought it to steam dumplings, but haven’t used it in some time.   Like many […]

Top Ten 2014 Posts

Top Posts 2014

Today,  I’m celebrating your favorite 2014 posts, here on a scrumptious life . Like last year, your top posts reflect quite an assortment. From appetizer to dessert – breakfast, lunch and dinner are all represented.  I was happy to see that a post from my Thanksgiving 101 series  and my Brazilian series (celebrating the World Cup) made the […]

Beef Tenderloin

Tenderloin Beef

Some people like Ham or Turkey at Christmas. Beef Tenderloin is my favorite choice for Christmas dinner. It must be my British background. I love this recipe because it’s tasty and so easy. Just rub the tenderloin with olive oil and the pepper based spice mixture and roast on a rack in the oven until it reaches 130 degrees F. You’ll get a perfect medium rare beef that’s almost fork tender!

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