Who’s your favorite fictional couple and why?

February 13th, 2017|Updates|

I answered this on my Goodreads Authors page. That's a tough one, as two couples come to mind. Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester were such compelling characters. I actually acted in the play in high school when I was fourteen--I [...]

Gluten-Free Gnocchi

February 11th, 2017|Recipes|

I never made gnocchi before, and I started with a gluten-free recipe. It was fun to make and tasted really good! Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS •1 cup ricotta cheese (I used part-skim) •1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (additional for garnish) •3/4 [...]

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

February 11th, 2017|Recipes|

No exactly low-fat, but delicious.  It's a new recipe in my meal rotation! Makes 2 servings INGREDIENTS •1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used gluten-free) •1 large eggs •3/4 cups panko breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free) •1/4 cup grated Parmesan •1 tablespoon [...]

Gluten-Free Blood Orange Cranberry Oat Cookies

February 5th, 2017|Recipes|

I picked up some blood oranges from the farmer's market and adapted a recipe that called for regular oranges. These cookies have less fat and sugar as well. Adapted from  Renee - Kudos Kitchen Makes: About two dozen Ingredients •3/4-1 [...]

Roasted Cauliflower with Capers, Lemon and Almonds

January 30th, 2017|Recipes|

Ingredients 1 small head cauliflower, cut into medium-size florets 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons drained capers Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes [...]

Gluten-Free Popovers

January 27th, 2017|Bread|

Or Yorkshire Pudding, as my husband said! Tasted so great fresh from the oven with butter, melting inside. Makes four large or six medium to small Ingredients 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free baking flour (King Arthur or Bob’s [...]

Dreams: Not Only For The Young

January 23rd, 2017|Updates|

Thanks to Books By Women for Publishing my essay.   http://booksbywomen.org/dreams-not-only-for-the-young-by-phyllis-piano/

Gluten-Free Lemon Yogurt Mini-Loaves

January 20th, 2017|Recipes|

I adapted this recipe from Food Network to make it gluten-free, also adding a lemon glaze. It tastes great with or without the glaze.  It's a bit sweeter with it. Ingredients Nonstick baking spray, for coating loaf pan 2-1/3 cups [...]

Spanish Spaghetti with Olives

January 18th, 2017|Recipes|

I love this recipe from Cooking Light. It definitely is one of the recipes that has made it into my meal rotation. Ingredients (Serves four) 8 ounces thin spaghetti 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups chopped onion 2 teaspoons minced [...]

Rice with Sautéed Vegetables and Herbs

January 14th, 2017|Recipes|

I adapted this recipe from something I found on the web. It's an excellent side dish for a variety of meals and makes at least six servings. You can substitute other vegetables as well. 1-3/4 cups chicken stock or broth [...]

Wiener Mess – An Old Favorite

January 5th, 2017|Recipes|

I made this dish years ago after college with my best friend. Had some hot dogs left over from a barbecue and had to make it, as I haven't had it in a long time! Ingredients 1/8 to 1/4 cup [...]

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Pistachios and Shallots

January 3rd, 2017|Recipes|

Adapted from Bon Appetit About 12 brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 1 large shallot (or two small), sliced in thin rounds 1/3 (or so) cup of pistachios, shelled, toasted and set aside (I [...]

Wonderful Recognition for My First Novel in UWM Alumni Newsletter

December 30th, 2016|Updates|

Thrilled with the nice mention of Hostile Takeover:  A Love Story by the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee! https://uwm.edu/alumni/2016/12/23/alums-first-novel-named-finalist-in-2016-best-books-awards/

Eggnog Cheesecake

December 17th, 2016|Recipes|

This was such a creamy cheesecake; great for the holidays. I adapted this recipe from Bill Sinclair, Allrecipes. Ingredients Crust 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons white sugar 3 tablespoons melted butter Filling 3 (8 [...]

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Herbed Cheese, Spinach and Mushrooms

December 15th, 2016|Recipes|

Here are the uncooked, stuffed chicken breasts ready to go in.  The great thing is you can leave out any of the vegetable stuffing ingredients--the onion or shallot, mushrooms or spinach--and it still tastes great. 4-6 Servings 3 Tablespoons butter, [...]

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