Goodreads 4-star review for Stonehouse Cooks

Found this review posted today on Goodreads for my cookbook, Stonehouse Cooks. Stonehouse CooksbyLorina Stephens (Goodreads Author) rainyfeathers‘s review Aug 06, 12 bookshelves: own, first-read Read from February 03 to August 06, 2012 First, of all I received this book as part of Goodread’s first reads giveaway. Secondly, it did take me awhile to read this book because I wanted to try out a few recipes. I liked the style of writing. I felt that…

Roasted Potato Salad

So we’re now into the hot, sticky days of summer. Cooking is just too much to think about. Full blown meals are just too much to think about. Salads are on the menu again. And today, trying to think up a new twist on an old favourite, potato salad, and wanting to make it a complete meal, I’ve come up with this variation. Already it’s yum. I can imagine what it’s going to be like…

Sorrel and romaine salad with pear and orange

Scrounged around the kitchen this afternoon for a light, refreshing lunch for Gary and me and came up with this lovely salad, utilizing some of the early produce of our garden. The Salad6-8 leaves fresh sorrel, sliced thinly6-8 leaves romaine, sliced thinly1/3 cup finely chopped chives (I use the flowers as well.)1 clementine orange, peeled and segmented1 bosc pear, cored and cubed1/4 cup cubed summer sausage Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Dressing1/4 cup…

Salt Cod Chowder

Monday was another experimentation in the kitchen day. What else would you do after having spent part of the morning doing a major clean of the gas range? You have to then set about making it a mess again. I had a piece of salt cod soaking in water in the fridge. Originally I’d planned to make my Stockfish Soup in Stonehouse Cooks. But I wanted more of a chowder with lots of winter vegetables,…

Festive Ribs

Apparently I need a lot of kitchen therapy this week. Sunday I treated us to a wonderful feed of ribs. They were so ridiculously easy, and just wildly yummy, I thought I’d share that experiment as well. Festive Ribs 1 pkg (about 16 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries 3 Clementine oranges (or one large regular orange) 2 large cloves garlic 1 large onion 1 tablespoon Tobasco Sauce 1 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar…

Cheddar and Greens Pasta Casserole

 Available in print and digital What does this have to do with writing? Probably not much directly. Having said that, I have published two cookbooks, the most recent of which is Stonehouse Cooks. And as an adjunct to that I find kitchen therapy, well, good therapy. Take today, for instance. It’s been a day of frustrations, between trying in my role as publisher at Five Rivers to edit, save and upload an interview I…