Author: ANNiE

Hi, I'm Marianne Hines. Most call me ANNiE. The nick is short and sweet and not at all like me. I’m 5’11” and happiest when there's sand between my toes, when I'm dirty, windblown, and adorned with the debris of whatever project I'm working on. I build, design,and create in many forms. I’ve spent most of my life in the Northwest. Twelve years ago I came to the southeast for love, that love is now my husband. I love London and Paris for the art, food, and architecture. I love Spring and Fall, mountains, untouched snow, the smell of a horse’s mane, the sound of paper dry leaves under foot, birds singing, reef snorkeling, flea market hunting, and cooking for friends who love to eat, to be loud, and to laugh.

Rich and Robust Minestrone with Roasted Vegetables

Minestrone

Roasting some of the veggies in this soup intensifies their flavor, adding a robust and hearty element.  I haven’t added pasta but you certainly could.  If you want to jazz it up even further, throw in some frozen pre-made meatballs.…

Remoulade Dipping Sauce or Sandwich Spread for Chicken and Seafood

Chicken Wings

Apparently, Remoulade sauce is an American classic.  I’ve eaten it often without ever having thought to make it myself.  With a little experimentation, I’ve created my own version. Lighter than the traditional with the addition of yoghurt, it’s always a party hit, particularly…

Heart Thumpin Alfredo Sauce

Fettuccini Alfredo

If you want a healthy dish, click another… If you want something rich and luxurious on the tongue, you’ve found it! The original version, created at the Via della Scrofa in Rome, doesn’t have cream, it’s all about butter. The…

Chill Banishing Lasagna Soup A bowlful of Italy

Winter Painting by Harris

It’s cold. You’re rattled to the bone. Your nose is froze and your toes are numb. It’s a night for soup, a hearty stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup. All the taste of a naughty lasagna without paying the price. 2 Tbsp.…

Cheesy Chicken or Tuna Stuffed Potatoes

Potatoes of Every Color

The common spud is a cheap choice. Stuffed with meat or fish and topped with cheese it can serve as a hearty lunch or with a bowl of soup, a speedy supper. When there’s no bread to be had, I’ve…

Let Us Pesto – Lettuce Pesto

Buttercrunch Lettuce

There are times when you just want what you want when you want it!  With nary a blade of basil growing in the garden, I pulled up some Buttercrunch lettuce and combined it with dried basil to make a Lettuce…

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie

Cottage

A veritable cornucopia of leftovers goes into this comforting meat, veg, and mash casserole. It’s an easy assemblage of ingredients that tastes like the Holidays all-in-one bite. A splash of Olive Oil for the pan 2 onions, halved and sliced…