Memorial Day

Image from NPR -Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Today, many of us find ourselves off of work.  Some of us spend the day at BBQ’s or out of town on a weekend getaway.  Some of us camp or tackle a house project that requires a few days to complete.  Some of us spend the day in remembrance.  Some Read more about Memorial Day[…]

My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed

2016 Thanksgiving Menu Baby Kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach Salad with Roasted Vegetables and a Dark Cherry Vinaigrette Smoked Maple Orange Bourbon Brine Turkey Breast Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing Gluten-free Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing Smashed Potato Casserole Modern Green Bean Casserole Roasted Butternut Squash Cranberries with Port Onion and Shallot Popovers Pumpkin Mascarpone Read more about My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed[…]

Purple Cauliflower: Edible “Bouquet” from Vashon Island WA

Vashon Island is a travel destination reached by a 20 minute ferry boat ride from Seattle, WA.  Notable commercial growers and small organic grower operations provide a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables  and flowers to local markets and farmer’s markets.  My sister sent me a special gift packed in my husband’s carry-on luggage.  She was a bit mysterious about it while noting, “be sure and refrigerate it”.  Indeed, (upon unwrapping) it was the most beautiful colored vegetable I had ever seen.  It was like a Purple “Bouquet” of flowers….except  […]

Simple Solutions: Baked Cookies

It seems like one of the most talked about desserts that I hear friends say they love are baked cookies.  We’ve been eating them for years, but we are still raving about them.  I’ll admit, it is absolutely delicious to place your fork in a small dish or cast iron pan and pull out a Read more about Simple Solutions: Baked Cookies[…]

Kick off Summer with a Clam Bake!

Several years ago the hubs and I chatted about how fun it would be to have a Clam Bake.  Being that we are in the Southwest and our nearest water is a resort’s pool we knew we couldn’t dig a pit in the sand and start a fire.  So that brought us to a kitchen Read more about Kick off Summer with a Clam Bake![…]

Food Obsessed Youth

There is some interesting research being done about millennials and food.  This research will tell us self-proclaimed foodies what the next generation of self-proclaimed foodies will do with their food budget, how they’ll create this budget, the types of foods they will buy, and the way they want to buy it.  What I was shocked Read more about Food Obsessed Youth[…]

Potlucks are Illegal in Arizona

First thought when I read this article was WHAT?!  Having been born and raised in Arizona I can remember attending church potlucks at my Grandma’s church or going over to people’s houses for barbeques and such that were potluck style.  To learn that potlucks are illegal in Arizona and Representative Townsend is addressing this law Read more about Potlucks are Illegal in Arizona[…]

Another week, another soup, Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Another cold week produces another hearty soup.  I am not a big fan of Chicken Pot Pie, the hubby is.  I love the filling but the pastry crust is not something I am normally in the mood for.  If I am going to make a pie crust then I say we should eat a traditional Read more about Another week, another soup, Chicken Pot Pie Soup[…]

Vegetable Soup: another way to get our veggies

I’ve been enjoying a new cookbook we got last Fall, “Nordstrom’s Family Table Cookbook,” a delightful addition if you have ever enjoyed a meal at one of their cafe’s in the midst of a day of shopping.  It has been cold here and soup has been the perfect way to get a lot of fresh Read more about Vegetable Soup: another way to get our veggies[…]

Presidential Preferences

I just stumbled across this article and thought it was a fun way to end President’s Day.  When you look at the list of George Washington’s favorite foods: cherries hoecakes fish hot chocolate a big roast or Abraham Lincoln’s favorite foods: chicken fricassee gingerbread corn cakes apples almond cake do you find that you have Read more about Presidential Preferences[…]

What is convenient?

Today, I grabbed my jar of homemade vegetable soup and some crostinis to make a convenient lunch that I could heat up at work.  On the way home I purchased organic ramen at a healthy grocer so my sick hubby could make a quick soup while working.  Tomorrow I am planning to stop at Starbucks Read more about What is convenient?[…]