for breakfast. Or any other time of day for that matter. I am not a breakfast lover, never have been. It’s not that I do not like to eat, just I am bored by the standard breakfast offerings. I know, I’m the only one. Trust me I know. I would love to live somewhere, like [...]
I’ve learned a few things about Tequila over the years. For Starters, no diving after imbibing. There was once, in Mexico, that I had trouble deciphering which end of the pool was the shallow end until after I dove in. I lost the skin off my nose, and now that I’m a responsible adult I [...]
bring on the weekend! I’m so sick of icky people. I have been so disgusted by the sheer number of those types who use their power to inflict harm on others. Why is it that someone can have that much power? Ordained by the church, given a badge or license, or better yet you’ve slept [...]
My parents were taking our kids to Hawaii for Spring Break. The arrangements were made. The only thing left open was whether or not my husband and I would join them. With that part still up in the air, I inquired as to the details of their trip. This is when we found out. This [...]
This might be a great start to your Super Bowl Sunday. With all the overindulgence this day may bring, a good start might be in order. If not a today then Monday this is a sure bet. Because no matter which team you are rooting for, this is a no win day when it comes to your [...]
As the holiday season sneaks up on me, it gets me thinking about creative and unusual gift ideas for my friends and family. I am hoping to getting around to making some homemade goodies, but I have to get off the internet to make that happen. I am excited that today is the last day [...]
I recently returned from a quick 10 day trip to Germany’s Saarland and the adjoining areas of France. My husband’s family originates from this area with many remaining here. After my husband’s grandmother passed away last spring there has been a great deal of unfinished business to be done there. My mother-in-law had come up from [...]
We recently took a back-woods camping trip. We were hoping for more of a back-country experience, but it was decidedly much more back-woods. Our adventure took place in the Nez Perce National Forest at a location in which we were lead to believe was more remote and secluded than it truly was. The lack of [...]
because some days are just mean to be started with vodka. That is just how it is. When I search back in the depths of my memory I remember hot summer mornings at my grandparent’s house in the tiny town of Darrington, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. The mornings were started with a [...]
Hello summer vacation. It is hard to believe that it has been a week already. Yesterday my son wanted to make ice cream, banana ice cream, for his brother. Isn’t that sweet? His brother became a brace-face and now his mouth is very tender. This recipe was a total accident. I still am shocked at [...]
Get it, Pharaoh or farro?! (yes, I know, I’m geeky.) I’ve been searching high and low for this raved about grain that seems to be so elusive. I was not about to plonk down 10-20 smakeroos for a mail order of a “lowly grain”. Finally I found some in the bulk section of the local [...]
racing to the farmer’s market print this recipe
Wow your neighbors with these one-napkin ribs. Picture your neighbors grilling up some grocery store standard hotdogs and the scent of these bourbon ribs is wafting over the fence into Joe the Plumber’s backyard and making him oh-so-jealous! Mmm, I can smell them now. I’ve got a great idea for making ribs an even better [...]
with all the wicked weather and apocalypse talk, just a little proof that there are still rainbows. (There was actually a double rainbow, but I did not get a good shot of that.) print this recipe
I was inspired by a segment I saw on the Today Show yesterday called Beating the Bloat. I hate that feeling and according to Kimberly Snyder eating fruit on an empty stomach is a way to avoid that problem and to jump start weight loss. She reasons that fruit digests quickly and if you eat [...]
My friend Claudia is always the hit of any gathering. She is from Guadalajara, Mexico and she can cook. She walks into the party, school function, etc with a bundle of these wrapped up in foil and a freshly cooked salsa then let the swarming begin. You’d better get there early, because they are gone [...]
Yesterday would have been the boy’s Urgroßmutter’s (Great Grandmother’s) 90th birthday. Unfortunately my husband has just returned from her memorial service. She almost made it. She will surely be missed. We decided that we would honor her with a cake. There was much debate about which cake should be made. Most were clamoring for a [...]
I love fish sticks, it’s true. I do not know how this love developed. I even like the icky ones made from minced fish parts and who knows what else. I am a savvy shopper though and I steer clear of those fat laden, nasty bits. There are some good brands out there that have, [...]
Wondering where capers come from? It is not from papayas, that is for sure. Thank heavens I jumped at the chance to attend the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC), May 2009 in Seattle. Besides getting the most amazing goodie bag I met some of the greatest people. One of those that I was luckiest to [...]
I am frustrated on a daily basis about the lack of decent restaurants in this god forsaken town. One look at the local restaurant scene and one would think that the town was designed for the college students. Granted this is a University town, obviously I am not talking about Berkeley, but it would be [...]
dark. dark. January. dark. We need some color, some jazz, something to bring us out of these doldrums. How about some flavor punched Nam Jim? What is Nam Jim you say? Well, that is a question not easily answered. While combing the internet for recipes I was never able to find two alike. Or even [...]
Life is what happens when you have other plans That was the saying on the back of a sugar packet I received at a restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa about 14 years ago and it has become the motto of my life. This was not the post I had intended to write next, but corrupt [...]
A little teaser to show you that I do still exist. Expect a new post tomorrow, I am working on the finishing touches
Are you pie crust challenged or those just looking for something a little different or lighter than a traditional pie? This would look wonderful as an addition to your regular Thanksgiving desert options. This is the ticket. It is a perfect fall sweet. It takes just a few minutes to make and it is lighter [...]
It is hard to believe that a salad that was made famous by the Waldorf Hotel Restaurant in the 1890′s, now the infamous Waldorf Astoria, has turned into a ho-hum potluck classic. I have a new version here that will relaunch this into your repertoire. This is a feel good salad that tingles with bright [...]
I am feeling a little guilty since today is my baby’s 11th birthday and I am on my way to IFBC in Seattle. It is bad enough that he started middle school 3 days ago and thinks that he it all grown up, sometimes, but now I’m going to miss his birthday. Dad was in [...]
As a child I was the weird one, I did not like ice cream. If it was take it or leave it, I usually left it. I tended to prefer sherbet over it’s creamier, heavier cousin. The only times that I remember getting an option was at Grandma’s house. I hated going to grandma’s as [...]
You cannot get more local than your backyard. There is nothing better than the vegetables that you dig out of your own dirt. The farmer’s market finds are close, but till fall shy of the flavor of something that you’ve grown. It is amazing that there is anything growing in my backyard this year. [...]
If you are looking for the “perfect” make-ahead recipe for the long holiday weekend coming up I have just the thing for you.
I made this cake on Tuesday and have left it on the counter, uncovered, for 2 days. It is still moist, and better than the first day I made it. Which might have [...]
With late spring temps in the 40’s we are needing some comfort food, but this is so tasty I would eat it any day of the year. I continue to ponder that it might be nice as a cold soup, think vichyssoise, the ubiquitous potato and leek soup served hot in winter and cold [...]
We have been having an unusually wet spring, but hey, summer is right around the corner. Things have to warm up, right?! It was 45°F today and I had to turn the furnace on, which should make anyone cranky in June. After having soccer camp rained out the boys wanted to watch a movie, [...]
passion4eating posted a photo:
comfort food deluxe.
I was actually trying to recreate some cookies that I had like 30 years ago, give or take… I remember, sometime in the 1970’s, eating a cookie, well really like a batch of cookies, that were like nothing I had tasted before. My Aunt Toni made a batch of chocolate chip cookies with [...]
Today was the memorial for a friend who was killed in a car accident outside of Pretoria, South Africa last Thursday. This has been weighing heavy on my heart since I heard the news last Thursday. Even after a week I have no idea what to say. I feel so badly for Deon. I cannot [...]
There is this great French goat cheese that I absolutely love, Fleur Verte le Chevrefeuille from the Périgord region of France. I have had it only a handful of times but its flavors and texture haunts me. Reminiscent of cheese cake in texture, but the fragrant herbs within which it is coated lure you [...]
The whole idea of a healthy chocolate muffin sounds ludicrous. Doesn’t it?
In my head the word muffin is synonymous with healthy, I know that isn’t true but cupcake is supposed to be the bad boy. However the only chocolate muffins I have ever had are those ginormous Costco versions that must have more calories than [...]
I do not live in the fictional world where such an effort would be made, but if I had then see above…
(it is a cool video nonetheless)
It is not 1776 and King George III is no longer a threat, it is 2010 and the Catholic Church appears to be a haven for the perverse.
Just this [...]
loved this cartoon from NaturalNews.com
My husband always says, “you can either pay for good food now or pay the doctor later.”
What do you think?
It was a dark and story evening. Howling winds, driving rain, beautiful April weather and we were having company for dinner. Not just any company but like long-lost-family type company. It was also a school night, and I was in dire need of some comfort food. I am so glad that I chose this Belgian [...]
I found these gorgeous mushrooms the other day and could not help myself. Can you see why?
see what I mean? For about $2.50 they come in a special sealed package that allows them to live comfortably until they are drawn and quartered before adding them to your favorite recipe. I used half of them in [...]
Change can happen from the ground up. Here is the story about how Lincoln Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, Washington is making a difference. Having grown up a stones throw from Mt. Vernon I am loving this story of a community taking a stand, educating the children, trying to make the tough choices.
There are many [...]
don’t turn up your nose at the idea. what do you think happens to all those poor things that end up alongside the road after a clear night and a full moon? we make them into the most delicious cakes you have ever skunk sunk your teeth into.
This tradition began years ago when the kids [...]
What shortcuts do you keep in the pantry? With all this recent talk of the Food Revolution and cooking from scratch I do have a confession to make. I do use some prepared foods. I am not ashamed about it, it is still better than a drive through. There are those days when soccer or [...]
I come by the love for halibut naturally. My great grandfather was a halibut fisherman. I doubt very much that he ate it like this, but I often wonder just how they did eat it. Did they experiment or make the same dishes over and over? There is no one left to ask those questions [...]
This is a quick variation on a piccata. At least that is what I’m going with. It has the basic lemons, capers and a splash of wine. I love this meal because it feels really special but is one of the speediest of weeknight meals. Monday is “fresh fish” day at the co-op, find out [...]
Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s speech on TED. I have made a simple soup that anyone can make for a quick healthy meal with only a couple ingredients and a few minutes. It would even make a great substitute for your green beer on St. Patty’s Day. Green beer, by the way, is a bad idea. [...]
Hard for me to believe that some people do not know how to cook, like from scratch. By scratch, I mean with a raw onion, carrot, or whatever. I guess I am lucky and did not even know it. My mother knows how to cook, both of my grandmothers cooked, I am now lead to [...]
Sometimes I’m in the mood for cookies, but I hate to make cookies because of the batch process. The scooping, into the oven, rotate pans, out of oven, cool, start over, etc. I inevitably burn the last batch. So bar cookies it is. This is my version of a chocolate chip cookie. Great homework helper, [...]